This is a modern version of the system that was used in Asia and some European cities for centuries before some English idiot invented the flush toilet. See the video in the previous post for an explanation of the whole system behind this toilet. I love the option to squat for better elimination.
There is a reason that the flush toilet is the supreme metaphor for our throwaway society. Poo and pee are the most important wastes to recycle. Plastic can sit in the landfill forever - no problem, but poo and pee need to go back on the land where our food comes from.
The 2012 WTO International Toilet Design Award in Durban: Winner is Sabine Schober from Hamburg, Germany
The 12th Annual Congress of the World Toilet Organisation (the other WTO) will be opened by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in South Africa. This first World Toilet Summit takes place from December 4 to 6 in Durban. The prime concern of conference organizers is humane toilets for all and everywhere. An incredible 40 % of world population have no access to appropriate sanitation. However, this is to be changed with a new concept. To attain this goal, the Toilet Design Award will be awarded in cooperation of WTO with Prof. Ralf Otterpohl from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). With a total sum of 50,000 $, it enables the development of toilets culminating in production of prototypes. The main award for a slum-suitable toilet with excellent design will be granted to the industrial designer Sabine Schober from Hamburg during the opening ceremony of the conference by Tokyo Sexwale, current Minister of Human Settlements of South Africa. Besides its asthetic value, a characteristic of the toilet designed by Ms. Schober is that it can be used in sitting as well as in squatting manner (see photograph).