ECOLOO - Sustainable Toilet for ALL!

ECOLOO is eco friendly, odor free, sewage free, energy free, water free and chemical free. It does not require energy or water to flush but water can still be used for cleaning or hygiene purpose. ECOLOO will have huge savings in water but also energy savings, improved health and economy and positive impact on environment, eco-tourism and women safety and dignity. ECOLOO provides the best solutions for areas that have no sewer system and areas that is short or lacking of access to water.

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ECOLOO, with its global presence today in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, has developed its technology through research and development in Sweden since 2007 and later in Korea and now in Malaysia. Operating as Inclusive Social Business, ECOLOO Group promotes, sells, leases, rents and maintains the sustainable solutions and educates the local community through awareness programs and talks. Over 600 ECOLOO facilities were installed at different locations around the world.

Since 2007, ECOLOO Founder and his team has since turned ideas of ECOLOO into concept followed by prototypes starting from manual to actual production followed by mass production supported by research & development which have been on going the last 3 years.
ECOLOO is currently produced in Korea and Malaysia.

How does your innovation work?

ECOLOO is a sustainable toilet system that uses a special formulated bacterial culture to treat human waste and transform it into natural fertilizer. The details of this eco social innovation are specified below: 

Method: ECOLOO base is made of a 2-tier chamber: the upper chamber is where human waste including urine (not urine diversion system) is collected and treated by specially formulated bacterial culture whilst the lower chamber is where the organic fertilizer in liquid form is rendered to by gravity using no water to flush. The lower chamber is built with a special indicator and outlet for end users to collect or drain out the ready-to-use by product each time the lower chamber is full. While the bacterial culture dissolves the solid waste and turns this waste and other degradable waste such as toilet papers and tissues into ashes in this water free environment within just 3-4 days, the nitrification process that is built in the system converts the liquid waste into by product of value added fertilizer that is odour free, pathogen free and yet full of nutrients within an hour. 

Value Added Fertilizer: ECOLOO has only one chamber with one hole and all the waste, including toilet paper, urine or wash water, will all go down naturally by the pull of gravity into the upper chamber. Users have an option to dry flush the solid waste by flattening it with a special built in mechanical device. The by-product is partly a brownish liquid organic fertilizer (NH4NO3-ammonium nitrite & ammonium nitrate) rich in nutrients and free from odor and pathogens (organisms generating diseases), perfect for organic farming purposes and plantation.

What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?

Our customers' satisfaction testimonials are the best evidence that our innovation works and has had the desired impact.
One of the testimonial from Stromstad municipality can be downloaded here:

The desired impacts:
1) Addressing WASH Needs:
ECOLOO is established to address the world’s pressing water and sanitation needs other than the following issues as experienced by the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper toilets and this proposal aims at providing the best sanitation solutions in order to address and solve the following issues:

  • The Water and Sanitation
  • The Health and Hygiene
  • The Women and Dignity
  • The Sewage and Pollutant
  • The Environment and Climate
  • The Chemical Fertilizer and Food Security
  • The Socio-economy
    • The economic burden of poor sanitation falls most heavily on the poorest.
    • Long term economic losses related to the adverse effects of poor sanitation on cognitive development.
    • Water supply and treatment costs for drinking will add to the costs associated with poor sanitation.
    • Epidemic outbreak costs.

2) Water and Energy Savings 
Assuming 10,000 people are using ECOLOO with 8 liters per flush saving per visit, within one year the impact would be:

  • 175,000,000 liters of clean water will be saved from being polluted and becoming sewage.
  • €306,600 will be saved assuming local water price is €0.02 per liter.
  • €153,300 will be saved assuming sewage disposal price is €0.01 per liter.
  • Other costs on:
    • a. Treatment and energy consumption of water that is flushed away.
    • b. Treatment and energy consumption of sewage that is sent to sewage treatment plant.
    • c. Installation and maintenance of the sewage treatment plant.
    • d. Infrastructure and sewage system implementation, which could save a lot of money, energy and carbon footprint.
  • Most valuable, nutritious solid and liquid waste that is wasted, which could be turned into organic fertilizer, locally collected, whereas chemical fertilizer needs to be produced causing environmental damages not only to the soil but also to the farmers economy, consuming energy in production and logistics and increasing gas emission 

3) Impacts on Environment 
Through sustainable sanitation system, ECOLOO is able to improve the following environmental impacts:

  • Lower carbon emission footprint
  • Reduction of water consumption on flushing
  • Reduction of energy used to treat and pump water and wastewater, and to produce more chemical fertilizer
  • Reduction of usage of chemical fertilizer, leading to less pollution.

4) Social Impacts:

  • Reduce extreme poverty
  • Protect womens dignity
  • Balance and change lives
  • Save lives and improve health & hygiene
  • Create awareness through campaign and education
  • Fight corruption and greed through social innovation and collaboration

5) Economic Impacts

  • Long term and sustainable strategy based on inclusive business model and sustainagility will create job & business opportunities locally from production, distribution, installation and support to the collection and reuse or sales of the fertilizer generated via the toilet system
  • Encourage organic farming
  • More tourists and longer stay in an event with ECOLOO.

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Do you have current users or testers?

We have installed our toilets in more than 16 countries today and since the first toilet being installed in Sweden 9 years ago. Sweden is a very cold country and ECOLOO was built there to accommodate to such climate. Our recent successful project was with UNDP Jordan, completed in February 2016 where we have installed our toilets at the high altitude areas in Dibbin and Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage sites, followed by deserted areas in Wadi Rum, Jordan during cold winter, followed by installations at Kenyir Lake GeoPark on floating resorts in tropical climate of Malaysia.

Other installations completed include schools in Kenya, municipalities in Borneo, festivals in Portugal, factories in Mongolia and Korea, off grid housing for disaster areas in Malaysia and the Philippines, UNDP headquarters in Uganda and UNESCO heritage sites in Jordan, UNHRD in Malaysia and many more as listed below:

  • Koster Island and Stromstad Municipality (Stromstad, Sweden)
  • Boom Festival which hosted 24,000 visitors for 10 days (Portugal)
  • Staco factory (Busan, Korea)
  • Darul Huffaz Academy, Municipality of Kuching, UNHRD/WFP Subang, NetsEco  Printing office, off grid homes for flood victims and  floating chalet on Kenyir Lake GeoPark (West & East Malaysia)
  • ToiToi toilet rental company (Hamburg, Germany) 
  • Warehouse (Montreal, Canada)
  • Dulles Tech Centre (Washington DC, USA)
  • Mining industry (Peru)
  • Tavan Bogd Group flour factory and Ulaanbaatar Municipality (Ulanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • Philippines Disaster Relief Foundation for Typhoon victims (Takloban, Philippines)
  • Ministry of Urban Development (Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Aviation owner (Southern India)
  • Kericho County Kenya, Coca Cola (Kenya, Africa)
  • Moi University Eldoret, Mama Nora Children Home, Hajar Services Kenya Limited, Ideal Sanitation, ATS Services (Kenya, Africa)
  • UNHCR, UNDP & UN Residence (Uganda, Africa)
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites (Petra, Wadi Rum & Dibbin Jerash, Jordan)

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

ECOLOO is a part of the Swedish Smart City Concept called "SymbioCity", and we work closly with Business Sweden and MaTrade "the Malaysian Trade" to spread the World by participating in high-level meetings with UN bodies, Government officials, politician, NGO's, business communities, business match-making and other activities and exhibitions arranged by them.

For example we were/are a part of the following exhibitions:
- The Swedish Pavilion "Smart City by Sweden" @ Smart Cities India between 11-13th May 2016.
- EcoBuild Asia Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 12-14th April 2016.
- IndoBuildTech Expo in Indonesia by end of May 2016.
-  Big 5 Exhibition in Dubai later this year 2016. 

Next Steps

With distributors in 5 continents today, the Management assumes that it will establish a Smart Industries concept preferably in Asia, complete with sustainable facilities that is capable of producing big volume of up to 1 million toilets per year other than assembling and packaging other solutions not only for the local market but also international market to address the water and sanitation crisis as experienced by the 2.5 billion people who do not have proper access to water and sanitation. The millions who live in conditions of poverty at the base of the pyramid, in urban slums or in refugee camps are the customers we wish to serve.

For such smart industry, the Management assumes a land with size of 10-50 acres, rental deposit, construction of 44,000 square feet built up together with infrastructure  followed by machineries and equipment plus manpower.

The social business is premised on a proven successful model that is cash generative and profitable. It is looking to raise $50 million to finance the first sustainable industry in the world, hopefully, and has strong cash flows to be able to service bank funding (capital and interest repayments) as well as finance all other productions from its increased turnover at that time.