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Three Ways a New Waterless Toilet Will Help African Women

A new waterless toilet soon to be trialled in Africa may not start a feminist revolution, but it will go a long way to addressing some urgent and practical needs of women and girls - and for all the international conferences and commitments to empowering women, it is nice to hear about something concrete.

The Nano Membrane Toilet, invented at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, has been designed to separate solid waste and urine. The solid waste is incinerated to generate heat that powers the toilet as well as small appliances, and the urine is filtered into potable water.


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