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Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 27 Mar 2014 14:13 #8007

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Hello Forum Friends,

Below is a photo of a unique toilet with a naturally occurring heart, which incidentally was developed right over Valentine's Day. The toilet surprised it's designer, Bender, with it's unique heart, and additionally so because of it being Valentine's season. The heart is a natural result of the intersection of the parts. This link has a planned news article which speaks about this unique toilet www.liftupthepoor.net/HeartToilet.html . This toilet is one of many new toilet systems developed by Bender of Health Sanitation Systems (HSS), and which are shown at www.LiftUpThePoor.net . Bender's sanitation efforts, now known as HSS, were initiated by Google's request for ideas that would help the most people. Bender proprietor of HSS systems is freely sharing all of its toilet designs with the world, but would appreciate being notified by those who might be interested in them. Bender's designs are very original in nature. Thanks for looking.



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Last Edit: 28 Mar 2014 14:13 by Amos. Reason: improvement

Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 01 Apr 2014 03:10 #8053

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Below is a animation video of creating a mold from the toilet and then creating a toilet from the mold.



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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 02 Apr 2014 06:07 #8071

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what a good design!but i can not find out how it works.
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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 02 Apr 2014 22:56 #8084

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Hello Scottchen,

This link gives a bit of information on the toilet. Although this design is made of plastic it works the same way.

liftupthepoor.net/SimSan.html .

Your are also welcome to see the above updated video.
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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 15 Apr 2014 19:25 #8245

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Hello Readers,

Does anyone have suggestions on how to eliminate or control fungus gnats in composting toilets. Although odor has been quite easy to control the last two years of using our unvented toilet which is much like this Valentine's Toilet, we yet are having a problem with fungus gnats. Emptying the waste container weekly and washing it to remove all eggs would likely take care of the gnats, but such takes effort. If only one or two people are using the toilet, the four cell bucket only needs emptied once every two or three weeks which gives much time for gnats to hatch especially in the cell that was filled first. Further when emptied the eggs stick on the walls even after the bucket is emptied and then will hatch. Regarding the matter of odor the waste container never needs cleaned, as adding soil together with the obstructing gate is very sufficient for odor control even though not vented. Any help on fungus gnat control would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.

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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 16 Apr 2014 10:47 #8252

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Dear Amos,

Fungus gnats in composting toilets can develop, if the material is too wet. Absorbent material such as shredded and dried pine bark in conjunction with a ventilation pipe would improve the drying process.
To combat fungus gnats biologically, nematodes are used. They are available from companies for organic crop protection (eg. in Germany oere-bio-protect.de Novo Nem nematode Steinernema feltiae).

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The Hygienic Earth Block And Flush Toilet 01 Nov 2014 20:05 #10773

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Since designing the Valentine's toilet with a natural heart in February another very basic system has been designed which flushes with soil and empties into a standard muck bucket. It is more sanitary than most water less toilets and it appears it could be very practical even in developed countries for cabins or even indoor toilets. It is called the "Hygienic Earth Block And Flush Toilet", abbreviated the HEBAF toilet. Below is a picture of the flush system. For more information regarding this toilet which appears could do much good see the PDF at this link dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16411607/Hestroom10.pdf . Thanks for looking. Your comments or suggestions are very welcome.

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The Wee-Pee and the Gated Bucket-Mate Toilet. 01 Nov 2014 21:23 #10774

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Since designing the Valentine's toilet with a natural heart for the poor in February a very basic enclosure for the toilet has also been designed. This enclosure likely would also be good for any small portable toilet, and in developed countries. The simple enclosure is called a Wee-Pee and has a door that easily opens and closes and locks. Below is a diagram of the Wee-Pee system. More information regarding the Wee-Pee and gated, Bucket-Mate toilet is given at this link dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16411607/WeePeeInstru2.pdf. Thanks for looking. Your comments or suggestions are very welcome.

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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 01 Nov 2014 21:43 #10775

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Hi Amos

I downloaded the Hestroom10 pdf.

It looks interesting and wondered where you have installed, as I am wondering on the below topics:

1) take up / usage rates - how do users find it suits their functional (and aspirational) needs?

2) cleaning / servicing / maintenance arrangement (as it looks quite a complex mechanism and I am wondering about piece breakage, repair and replacement - how are you proposing that communities manage this aspect of post-installation? Is it part of the sales process?

3) does the installation come as part of the service or needs a separate process?

4) indicative costs (because of the complex mechanisms that seem to be involved) both with and without installation?

and

5) faecal sludge management - - how are you proposing that communities manage that?
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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 01 Nov 2014 22:10 #10776

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First of all the Wee-Pee system is much simpler but more for private home toilets.

This design is just in start up phase. But tests have shown it to be very sanitary. I was told by some who seen it, that the toilet, as it is so odor free and better than other water less toilets, is more for the USA (or those who care rather than for the poor who too often don't care). It will take education and care.

I realize it has some parts but very few compared to many other machines that man uses in most countries. I feel if it is build right and used in a reasonable way there should be very little breakage. The bottom line is, it is impossible to help those who do not care at all and who will not take care of things. Those first and most of all need to be taught to care.

The urine can be set up to easily take care of itself. This link shows a system of disposing the feces and soil dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16411607/004...ound%20Sys%20PDF.pdf
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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 02 Nov 2014 05:59 #10778

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Hi Amos

Your prototyped toilet is very interesting in all stages. But do you think the affluent society in the developed world would care for this sort of design and to go for the soil to dispose the waste? These people go for comfort, the kind of high-tech stuff that would make our heads spin.

Wouldn’t the approach go for sustainable solutions and identify the needs for the billions of people around the world without any form of sanitation? I thought purpose of the project funding was to help the poor and seeking ideas to perfect the concept from the forum to go with it?

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Re: Valentine's Toilet With A Natural Heart 02 Nov 2014 15:58 #10780

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Dear Mwaniki,

Thanks for your interest. Our aim certainly is first of all to help the poor. Yet to know how or to be able to help, is going to be a real challenge, as to initiate change is difficult and too often the poor are poor because they lack motivation. Presentation and education are going to be so important. The process of making a very small toy toilet with audio instruction has even been contemplated. This toy would be give to the children, while it also would be a good way to get the message to their parents. A instruction greeting card with audio and diagrams also would be good. Such cards are not expensive and could be given to the illiterate as well as others. The audio could say something like "The hygienic waterless toilet. Block it with earth and shut the gate. BE SURE to open the gate, yet ONLY when you defecate. A non polluted world a healthier you".

I agree that in the affluent society people like high tech, and things that shine and glitter. Yet some in affluent countries want to go green. Further this toilet could be good for cabins rather than portajohns which are expensive to keep and often are very repulsive.

Thanks so much.
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