Sanitation

The fashionable toilet


Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Jack Sim says many of the poorest own mobile phones and even TVs but not toilets. Why is this?
He found that the toilet is simply not appealing to this consumer. Partly because in the poorest areas, the infrastucture behind the toilet's waste (or shall I say, the person's waste) is not there.  So the toilets become stinky and have swarming flies all over them. With toilets like these, I don't blame people for not having one at home.

This week on our online group: Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Jack Sim

Each week we feature an Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow on our online group. For the next two weeks we will be featuring Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Association. The topic: Jack wants to restructure the field of sanitation worldwide. Providing humanity with clean, safe, and convenient toilets is a familiar goal, but it remains a distant one as the field struggles with cultural taboos, poor funding, and lack of political will.

Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow Albina Ruiz—a new way of looking at waste management

In developing countries, very low income individuals collect trash as a way of earning a living. In Latin America they are known as “recicladores” or recyclers, and in Bogota, we had traffic jams cause by recyclers who rode on "zorras" (talking about innovation, I was told that that they are now using CD's as light reflectors when they are on the road at night). 

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