Collapsible Compost Toilet
Sustainable & Portable Design
Sustainable compost toilet for large scale capacities. ACIDO rocket competition finalist, 2019.
Our ecosystems, society and our planet are threatened by the consequences that lie with misusing our natural resources. Water should not be considered the cheap and disposable resource that it often is. Water pollution created from agriculture and industrial and domestic waste, has let to both a decrease in water quality and an increase in scarcity. The greatest contributor to water pollution is wastewater. The entire system of how we deal with our wastewater is flawed.
A replacement to this system is the implementation of compost toilets. Compost toilets are just as sanitary, if not more and have far less environmental impacts than flush toilets.
As designers, we have the responsibility and opportunity to design systems and products that have minimal amount of harmful effects on our environment and human health. In order to create a sustainable future, sustainable goals must be our first priority.
Focusing on the sixth UN sustainability goal, I designed a collapsible, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly compost toilet.
Key Features of Design
Exterior Door Design
The door is the first thing that users will see so it should have a big visual impact. I wanted the door to be informative yet fun and intriguing. The pattern on the door is a topographical map that is a representation of our planet and how small changes can make a big impact for the better. Each door has a different tag line on the front so that users can learn and read them while they are waiting in line.
The technology of the flush toilet is so pervasive that people rarely discuss alternatives such as the compost toilet being a viable option. The structure was constructed to eliminate the stigmas surrounding compost toilets by making it an aesthetically pleasing and user friendly experience.
The final design emphasizes three key aspects; sustainability, collapsibility and user experience.
Flush toilets and existing portable toilets both contribute to wastewater pollution which is damaging our planet. Not only are there environmental costs, the repercussions of using flush toilets is costing us millions. Using compost toilets is a step towards a positive change by diverting waste from our oceans and keeping the public informed on how much compost toilets can make a difference.
The collapsibility allows easy transport to any environment. It will be able to be set up in scenarios such as natural disasters or emergency sanitation areas. This reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released during transportation. Light-weight materials and safety features make the structure quick to set up and ensure that it is secured in place.
Human centered design was a main priority when designing the toilet. The current user experience of a porta potty can substantially be improved by focusing on the users’ needs. This structure incorporates many design details which focus on the user such as ergonomics, overall aesthetics, ease of use and creating a more pleasant interior space through the use of natural materials.