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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Progress on the right to sanitation: the Peepoo!

Sanitation is a fundamental human right. It is a human right and of human dignity.

In addressing what Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, calls a sanitation crisis, a Swedish entrepreneur is "trying to market and sell a biodegradable plastic bag that acts as a single-use toilet for the urban slums in the developing world". According to The New York Times, the bag, called the Peepoo, is the brainchild of Anders Wilhelmson, an architect and professor in Stockholm. According to Mr. Wilhelmson, "Not only is it sanitary, they can reuse this to grow crops." 

After successfully testing it for a year in Kenya and India, he said he plans to mass produce the bag this summer. He reportedly plans to sell it for about 2 to 3 cents - comparable to the cost of an ordinary bag.


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