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RELEVANT

DESIGN

Toilets and Carts
Fresh Water and Sanitation

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for you and your family not to have access to a toilet or water? 

 

It's hard to imagine..

Sanitation and hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development. Throughout the world, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation (more than 35% of the world's population). About 4,000 children die everyday from related and preventable illness. 

The global cost for sanitation related illness and productivity loss is about $260US billion annually (world bank). Any investment in sanitation produces a 5 to 1 payback.

 

Portatoilet

Simple.. Provide organizations and populations with an inexpensive toilet that can also be used as simple transportation for water and other essentials.

 

The "Portatoilet" separates waste from human and insect contact which mitigates the spread of disease. 

 

The toilet can also be used as a cart to carry water and other essentials. 

 

A simple and inexpensive tool that can lessen the impact and improve quality of life for millions.  

Toilet:

Safety -  User privacy and safety using toilet close to or in home

Simplicity - Simple assembly in 30 minutes with simple tools

Sanitation - Contain and separate waste from insects  

Construction - Light, portable and sustainable, includes wash shelve 

Cost - Inexpensive, readily available material 

 

Cart:

Efficient -Transports 5 times the amount of water weight or other essentials

Versatile - Light and balanced is pulled by human, animal or vehicle

Homeless Cart and Shelter

The number of makeshift communities occupied by homeless people has jumped by 65% in the last 6 years.

 

 

Goals for Design 

 

With the challenges of living on the street, we worked on a few simple goals.

 

  • Give the homeless something useful. The cart is sturdy, portable and can secure and transport one's belongings.

  • Provide a safe space for privacy and a place to sleep off of the ground. 

  • The cart extends out into a covered shelter.

  • A folding seat can be added to allow the cart to be used as a toilet (See toilets and carts page for more info). 

  • Inexpensive. We designed the shelter cart at a cost to successfully produce. All the material used can be obtained locally and can be reused or disposed of efficiently.   

 

A simple and inexpensive cart that converts into a shelter.

 

Now put people to work.

 

Depending on the location and situation, this design can be prefabricated. The carts are then assembled utilizing homeless labor. They can earn money, gain shelter and the opportunity to get back into the workforce. The work program can be coordinated with other agencies and available programs to help rehabilitate participants, with the goal of helping get people off the street permanently.