An Israeli company HomeBiogas has developed small biogas systems that convert organic waste into renewable cooking fuel.
HomeBiogas packs into one compact box which contains simple do-it-yourself assembly, complete with maintenance instructions. The Bio-Toilet solution connects to the HomeBiogas biogas system, enabling the human waste from the toilet to be converted into cooking fuel in a clean way that does not require a connection to the sewage or water grid.
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The company sells the system for less than $1 per day for approximately two years, after which the user permanently own the system.
“The Bio-Toilet doesn’t only provide a quick, efficient and ecological solution,” explains Oshik Efrati, CEO and co-founder, “it also bypasses the complicated and inconvenient need for a technician for installation and maintenance. And as far as the user experience it’s just the same as that of an ordinary bathroom.”
The majority of the world’s population lives without access to safe sanitation. A staggering 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet and 892 million people practice open defecation, turning our environment and sources of water into a deadly open sewer.
2.3 billion people in the undeveloped countries have no access to basic toilet facilities, According to the World Health Organization (WHO). And 892 million people practice in sources of water, fields, alongside roads or any other open area.
Poor sanitation is linked to contamination and diseases such as cholera and diarrhea and is the cause of death.
In addition, Bio-Toilet solution may help people in disaster areas and off-the-grid communities that are remotely located and are disconnected from utilities and infrastructure. Their only option today is to use compost toilets or toilets that are connected to an underground septic tank. Bio-Toilet does not require complex infrastructure, and it is maintenance-free
HomeBiogas Bio-Toilets have already been installed in off-grid communities in Israel and Bio-Toilets have been installed in Jalpatagua Guatemala: in the local hospital and for local residents. The Bio-Toilet is welcomed by its users as a more healthy, convenient and dignified solution.
The UN General Assembly declared the World Toilet Day, with the ambitious goal of 2030 as the year by which there will be sanitation for all and an end to open defecation due to lack of toilets.
Oshik Efrati says, “The UN Sustainable Development Goals challenged us. We took our solution, the HomeBiogas and thought about how we could take advantage of that existing technology for the important goal of allowing all humans on earth the right to a decent, safe and clean toilet. We researched the issue for several years”, he added, “we considered all the solutions available today, and visited target populations in Africa and India. For a deeper understanding on the issue, I personally accompanied a woman who travels 2 kilometers/3 miles by foot daily to the desolate wilderness where she defecates. On the long walk there, she explained to me how unhygienic open defecation is and that she and other women sometimes fears for her safety, as they are vulnerable to any passerbys late at night.”
Located at Hadasa Neurim HomeBiogas employs more than 50 people and supplies its system to customers in over 100 countries and operates a network of more than 60 distributors.