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ECOLOO Sustainable Toilet Technology

:: Who We Are, What We Do, Why We Do It
ECOLOO, with its global presence today in 18 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, has developed its sustainable toilet technology through research and development in Sweden since 2007 and later in Korea and now in Malaysia. Operating as a Social Impact Business, ECOLOO Group promotes, sells, leases, rents and maintains it’s innovative ECOLOO Toliet:

The ECOLOO Waterless, and Odorless Sustainable Toliet

Over 1200 ECOLOO's have been installed at different locations around the world.
More is needed. Since 2007, ECOLOO Founders have turned the ideas of the ECOLOO into prototypes and production designs followed by mass production supported by research & development which have been on going the last decade.

ECOLOO Sustainable Toilet Technology

:: Problems That Our Solutions Address
ECOLOO addresses the world's pressing issues as follow:
  • There are approximately 2.5 billion people or 40% of the world population have no access to adequate sanitation and hygiene
  • 1 billion people still practice open defecation
  • Lack of security, well-being and dignity for women and children
  • Flushing water in the drain increase water scarcity and availability for those in needs for drinking
  • Scarcity of water leads to poor sanitation
  • Water leakage from pit latrine or untreated Individual Septic Tank (IST) can cause contamination in water underground and this leads to poor health and even death 80% of diseases in developing countries are waterborne due to contamination
  • Waste of up to 60L of water on flushing per day per person (up to 6 visits)
  • Waste of energy and money that are spent on building each Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), infrastructure (CAPEX) and treatment process (OPEX)
  • The base of the pyramid (BoP), slum area squatters and refugees are among the people who suffer most
ECOLOO's Installations Worldwide!

:: ECOLOO's Competitive Advantages
Our distinctive competitive advantages over our competitors are:
  • ECOLOO is odour free all the time
  • Our price is affordable and reasonable
  • ECOLOO is so easy to be used or maintained and maintenance is low as our bacterial culture is cheap
  • ECOLOO does not require water for flushing, no piping, no digging, no sewage
  • ECOLOO does not require removal of solid waste like other composting toilets
  • ECOLOO generates liquid fertilizer that is odourless, pathogen free, rich with nutrients, safe for the environment (fully tested in 5 labs in 5 countries)
  • ECOLOO is appealing with various options from design to color, shapes and sizes
  • ECOLOO provides comfort to users, it is ergonomically designed, perfect for bowel system
  • ECOLOO is durable and can sustain any weather condition
  • Our special bacterial culture is not only safe for human but can breakdown the solid waste within 3-4 days unlike other composting toilets which take up to 30-40 days and still leave some fungi and bad odour behind
  • ECOLOO requires no energy at all and lightings can be solar powered at minimal cost
  • Our production is scalable and adaptable to other countries and can be adopted in any culture or geographical and climate condition

:: Addressing WASH Needs!
ECOLOO was established to address the world’s pressing water and sanitation needs. What does this mean? It means that 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper toilets and sanitation. In 2017 this is UNACCEPTABLE to us. That’s why we developed the ECOLOO Sustainable Toliet to address and solve the following worldwide challenges in the WASH areas , (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene):

  • The Water and Sanitation
  • The Health and Hygiene
  • The Women and Dignity
  • The Sewage and Pollutant
  • The Environment and Climate
  • The Chemical Fertilizer and Food Security
  • The Socio-economy
    • The economic burden of poor sanitation falls most heavily on the poorest.
    • Long term economic losses related to the adverse effects of poor sanitation on cognitive development.
    • Water supply and treatment costs for drinking will add to the costs associated with poor sanitation.
    • Epidemic outbreak costs.

:: Impacts and Relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Direct impact on SDGs:
  • SDG#1: No poverty - the poor can benefit from free organic fertilizer
  • SDG#3: Good health & Well Being - hygienic toilets like ECOLOO lead to healthier people especially for women and children:
    • Security issue: women and children get attacked by poisonous snacks and other dangerous insects and animals while defecating in the open
    • Rape risk issue: women are facing a high risk of rape by men who are keen to keep eyes on them defecating in the open losing their dignities, pride and risking their lives
    • Health issue: a woman holding her bladder on daily basis for many hours develops a permanent pee-leakage problem & bad smell at younger age
  • SDG#6: Clean Water & Sanitation - by adopting ECOLOO and its solutions, we can have cleaner water and sanitation
  • SDG#11: Sustainable Cities & Communities - by adopting our sustainable solutions in the cities and communities for indoor and outdoor purposes and turn any complex and building into Eco-friendly and sewage-free complex and building
ECOLOO's Contributions To Achieve The United Nation’s  SDGs

Indirect impact on SDGs:
  • SDG#8: Decent Work & Economic Growth - our inclusive social business model promotes sustainable economic growth and provides secure and fairly paid work to people
  • SDG#9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure - our eco social innovations help improve water and sanitation, reduce water and energy consumption, greener infrastructure resulting in less carbon emission & environmental pollution
  • SDG#14: Life Below Water - by treating our waste on site instead of dumping the untreated sewage and toxics into oceans and rivers, we prevent the lives below water from being contaminated
  • SDG#15: Life On Land - by having sustainable toilets and fertilizer, more lives on land can be saved from water borne diseases, contaminated fish and chemical fertilizer (which can be hazardous to the soil, water and lives on land)

    As per survey,
    a person living in an open defecation area, unknowingly consumes 10 gms of fecal content everyday. This is causing 80% of diseases like Dysentery, Typhoid, Polio, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis E, Diarrhoea, Cysticercosis, Gastroenteritis, Ascariasis, Trachoma and others. One gram of human feces contains 10,000,000 Viruses, 1,000,000 Bacteria, 1,000 Parasite cysts, 100 Parasite eggs.
    That’s why people are not able to come out of the poverty cycle!

  • SDG#17: Partnerships for The Goals - by changing the existing policy to discourage untreated IST or STP through establishment of partnerships with the related bodies or authorities

:: How does ECOLOO Sustainable Toilet work?
ECOLOO is a sustainable toilet system that uses a special formulated bacterial culture to treat human waste and transform it into natural fertilizer. The details of this eco social innovation are specified below:

Method: ECOLOO base is made of a 2-tier chamber: the upper chamber is where human waste including urine (not urine diversion system) is collected and treated by specially formulated bacterial culture whilst the lower chamber is where the organic fertilizer in liquid form is rendered to by gravity using no water to flush.

How it Works

The lower chamber is built with a special indicator and outlet for end users to collect or drain out the ready-to-use by product each time the lower chamber is full. While the bacterial culture dissolves the solid waste and turns this waste and other degradable waste such as toilet papers and tissues into ashes in this water free environment within just 3-4 days, the nitrification process that is built in the system converts the liquid waste into by product of value added fertilizer that is odour free, pathogen free and yet full of nutrients within an hour.

Value Added Fertilizer: ECOLOO has only one chamber with one hole and all the waste, including toilet paper, urine or wash water, will all go down naturally by the pull of gravity into the upper chamber.

Users have an option to dry flush the solid waste by flattening it with a special built in mechanical device. The by-product is partly a brownish liquid organic fertilizer (NH4NO3-ammonium nitrite & ammonium nitrate) rich in nutrients and free from odor and pathogens (organisms generating diseases), perfect for organic farming purposes and plantation.

:: What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?
Our customers' satisfaction testimonials are the best evidence that our innovation works and has had the desired impact. One of the testimonial from Stromstad municipality can be downloaded here.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Dibbeen Forest Reserve, Wadi Rum Reserve and Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) in Jordan have our toilets installed in different areas including areas on very high latitude (600 and 1200 steps above the ground). Kindly read Jordan Times to learn more about this amazing project.

ECOLOO's contributions to the society have been recognized as iconic and strategic and we are so blessed to have received 16 Global Awards, Prizes and Recognitions particularly from United Nations Foundation, UNIDO, GEF, BMGF, World CSR Congress Council and Mercy Mission among others over the last 3 years.

:: ECOLOO Translates into Water and Energy Savings
Assuming 10,000 people are using ECOLOO daily with 8 liters per flush saving per visit, within one year the impact would be:
  • 175,000,000 liters of clean water will be saved from being polluted and becoming sewage
  • €306,600 will be saved assuming local water price is €0.02 per liter
  • €153,300 will be saved assuming sewage disposal price is €0.01 per liter
  • Other costs on:
    • a. Treatment and energy consumption of water that is flushed away
    • b. Treatment and energy consumption of sewage that is sent to sewage treatment plant
    • c. Installation and maintenance of the sewage treatment plant
    • d. Infrastructure and sewage system implementation, which could save a lot of money, energy and carbon footprint
    • Most valuable, nutritious solid and liquid waste that is wasted, which could be turned into organic fertilizer, locally collected, whereas chemical fertilizer needs to be produced causing environmental damages not only to the soil but also to the farmers economy, consuming energy in production and logistics and increasing gas emission
Water & Energy Savings

:: Impacts on the Environment
Through sustainable sanitation system, ECOLOO is able to improve the following environmental impacts:
  • Lower carbon emission footprint
  • Reduction of water consumption on flushing
  • Reduction of energy used to treat and pump water and wastewater, and to produce more chemical fertilizer
  • Reduction of usage of chemical fertilizer, leading to less pollution

:: Societal Impacts
  • Reduce extreme poverty
  • Protect womens dignity
  • Balance and change lives
  • Save lives and improve health & hygiene
  • Create awareness through campaign and education
  • Fight corruption and greed through social innovation and collaboration

:: Economic Impacts
  • Long term and sustainable strategy based on inclusive business model and sustainagility will create job & business opportunities locally from production, distribution, installation and support to the collection and reuse or sales of the fertilizer generated via the toilet system
  • Encourage organic farming
  • More tourists and longer stay in an event with ECOLOO

:: ECOLOO's End Users and Why Do They Need to Use Our Products/Solutions?
Our end users are:
  • Rural community who have no access to proper toilet or lack toilet facilities
  • People who lack of water or water is scarce due to drought or geographical condition
  • People who are victims of disaster such as flood, typhoon, cholera outbreak
  • Refugees or homeless
  • Schools that lack of toilet facilities
  • Floating houses, floating chalets, floating restaurants, floating lab
  • Campers and travellers
  • Public, pilgrims, devotees
  • Tourists
  • Bus/ferry/boat/camper van/train passengers
  • Construction workers
  • Event/Game participants
  • Tiny home owners
  • Military, police, navy
  • Oil and gas workers
They use our solutions because our sustainable toilets and other solutions solve all their issues that they are facing plus they (our solutions) are affordable, hygienic, easy to use, easy to maintain and environmental friendly.

:: Our Current Users
We have installed our toilets in more than 18 countries today and since the first toilet being installed in Sweden 9 years ago. Sweden is a very cold country and ECOLOO was built there to accommodate to such climate.

Our recent successful project was with UNDP Jordan, completed in February 2016 where we have installed our toilets at the high altitude areas in Dibbin and Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage sites, followed by deserted areas in Wadi Rum, Jordan during cold winter, followed by installations at Tioman Island resort in tropical climate of Malaysia.

Other installations completed include schools in Kenya, municipalities in Borneo, festivals in Portugal, factories in Mongolia and Korea, off grid housing for disaster areas in Malaysia and the Philippines, tiny homes in Malaysia, UNDP headquarters in Uganda, UNHRD in Malaysia and many more.