On a camping trip, the campers wake up before sunrise to cleanse their digestive system. This involves digging a hole, posting your stuff and putting soil back, thus, making the bio-degradable stuff degrade while neither attracting microbe-carrying-flies nor emitting stench. But what if there is not enough unused, un-dug ground left as the camping spot is a favorite among adventure lovers.
People who are not adventure seekers but actually live in such conditions with no sanitary facilities, have to face this situation every day.
Enter PeePoo bag.
This innovative product is a slim elongated bag sized 14 x 38 cm. Inside the bag is a gauze coated with a thin film of urea. Bring out the inner gauze and set it up. Do your thing in it. Take the outer cover to tie it and dispose it off. The bag, made of high performance degradable bioplastic, saves the surroundings from bad smell and pathogens and no one ends up stepping on shit. Essentially you have a cheap portable clean and green toilet.
If you have ever wondered why in India pedestrians don’t use the footpath – apart from hawkers and unlawful parking, slum dwellers use them for their daily routine. Not to mention passers-by also relieve themselves in the absence of public toilets. Not only does this leave the footpath dirty, the vicinity becomes so stinky that motorists do not halt when they are supposed to, further creating a traffic mess. The health hazards are too obvious to state here. The urban and rural poor can do with some help from PeePoo bags. Apart from collecting the waste, the bag also helps in its degradation thus making way for creating manure.
This product calls for a proper disposal strategy. The used bags need to be dumped or buried in a designated area for self-disintegration. To avoid spillage, the bag can be kept in a half cut pet bottle. The users need to be educated about maintaining hygiene, disposing the bags properly and keeping surroundings clean.
Yes, the PeePoople team in Sweden, managed by Camilla Wirseen has created a very useful and cheap product. With an operational strategy around it, it can provide a way to keep things clean till the time government decides to create and maintain facilities.
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