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Let Nothing Will Be Wasted: This Startup Starts Cooking Using Natural Toilet Gas



Today is world toilet day.

Properly, HomeBiogas Inc., a company that makes small systems that convert human waste into renewable cooking fuel, launched HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet today. Toilet solutions allow human waste to be converted into cooking fuel in a way that does not require access to sewers or water networks.

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2.8 billion people, or 38% of the world's population, do not have access to sewers,

according to a report published by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 2017. Poor sanitation from open defecation is associated with diseases such as cholera and causes of hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.

HomeBiogas off-grid regulates Bio-Toilet. Photo: PR HomeBiogas off-grid regulates Bio-Toilet. Photo: PR

In 2017, 3.8 trillion liters (one trillion gallons) of manure are produced worldwide every year. According to a 2015 report by the United Nations University in Hamilton, Canada, if all human waste produced every year is converted into biogas, electricity can be provided to more than 138 million households.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 19 as World Toilet Day, with the goal of sanitation for everyone and ending defecation due to lack of toilets, by 2030.

HomeBiogas CEO Oshik Efrati, said the goals set by the US were challenging the company. To get a deeper understanding of this problem, Efrati said she personally accompanied a woman who traveled 3 miles on foot every day to the deserted desert where she defecated.

"During a long trip there, he explained to me how unhygienic open defecation is and that he and other women are sometimes afraid of safety, because they are vulnerable to people passing late at night," he said in a statement.
Founded in 2012 in Israel, HomeBiogas employs more than 50 people, according to a company statement. It supplies solutions for customers in more than 100 countries including Palestine, Fiji and even New York. The company has raised more than $ 3 million to date.

The compact Bio-Toilet is easy to carry and can be carried behind mopeds, according to the company. This does not require a technician to install or maintain and can also be used in the disaster area, HomeBiogas said.

Whereas traditional compost toilets require manual emptying, a manual pump sends waste directly to the HomeBiogas device where it is treated and converted into cooking fuel.

This bio-toilet has been installed in non-networked communities in Israel, and in local hospitals in Jalpatagua, Guatemala.

"As far as user experience is, it's the same as an ordinary bathroom," Efrati said.


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