November 19, World Dry Toilet Day
Call for participation
A good toilet is not a water toilet, but a compost toilet.
. At Lécopot, we’re convinced of this, and we’d like to spread the word. To get away from preconceptions and look to the future ( toilets with controlled organic litter), we’re calling on all dry toilet users to get involved. Do you think dry toilets are the future? Let us know.
A beautiful photo is worth a thousand words
From November 19, 2021, post the best photo of your dry toilet on your networks and ours. Whether in your bathroom, your garden, your caravan; whether you’ve matched it to your bathroom furniture, built it yourself with our self-build kitpersonalized to your taste; or whether you’re posed on top, underneath, behind or inside, disguised, masked, alone or in a group, it doesn’t matter, just post!
From November 19 onwards, let’s all show our pride in changing the world. Let’s send the world a poetic wave of shavings so that our excrement is finally managed in a logical, rational, healthy and sustainable way.
World Toilet Day
Every year, the United Nations organizes “World Toilet Day”. Why a day devoted to an object that may seem banal to us? Because the lack of access to safe sanitation is a tragedy for billions of people: unsanitary conditions, but also social problems for children at school and for women’s privacy. Toilets reveal all the current social, health, economic and ecological issues. Let’s not flush these issues down the toilet, let’s deal with them!
Preserving water for drinking and washing
According to the United Nations, one in three people in the world does not have access to safe drinking water. Two out of five people have no facilities for washing their hands with soap and water. Lastly, more than 673 million people have no toilet and have to relieve themselves in the open air (1)
Overall, 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities returns to the ecosystem without being treated or reused (Sato et al., 2013).(1)
At Lecopot, we believe that the best water purification system is one that conserves water without polluting it. It’s easy to install, and requires no connection to a water supply or drainage system.
Every day, more than 800 children under the age of five, or about 292,000 children a year, die from diarrheal diseases caused by poor hygiene, sanitation or unsafe drinking water (WHO, 2019)(
). If our dejecta were recycled through composting, this would greatly reduce the risk of illness due to unsanitary water. So, rather than being used for toilets, water could be used primarily for drinking and washing.
When economy and ecology go hand in hand
There’s a blindness to using water to flush away our excrement. In our countries, it’s easy to flush and not see what’s coming out of us. But this comfort comes at a price. Cleaning up our wastewater is far too expensive. The savings from not flushing are enormous: 20% of a household’s water consumption in France! (3) For example, since the beginning of our activity at Lecopot, we have probablysaved 1,527,724 cubic meters of water.
In addition to the savings from not using water in the toilet, hygiene promotion is the most cost-effective health action, according to the World Bank(1).
However, according to the WHO: “the safe reuse of human waste saves water, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and captures water for energy production. It can provide the agricultural sector with a reliable source of water and nutrients”.
In short, preserving water and nourishing the earth enriches us all.
(1) Article from the United Nations. Objective 6:
Guarantee access for all to sustainably managed water supply and sanitation services.
(2) United Nations article: Toilet day
“But what is a sustainable sanitation system? Sustainable sanitation starts with toilets that effectively capture human excrement in a safe, accessible and dignified environment.
The excrement is then stored in a tank, which can later be emptied by a collection service, or transported via pipes.
The next step is safe treatment and disposal. The safe reuse of human waste saves water. It can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and capture energy. It can provide the agricultural sector with a reliable source of water and nutrients.”
(3) Source: Centre d’information sur l’eau, Household uses of water