PATH’s solution is to develop and advance low-cost menstrual management options for girls and women in low-resource settings. Our finding from focus group discussions and literature reviews indicate that girls and women are
interested in disposable products that offer better absorbency and have a cheaper price tag than available options. There are also reusable options (cloth pads and menstrual cups) that can last for several years. These approaches require a higher up-front cost, access to clean water and soap, and thorough drying—resources that are not always available in poor communities. We are currently exploring a hybrid concept (i.e., a combination of a reusable, fluidresistant sleeve with a disposable, absorbent core) to address the growing challenge of disposing of plastic-lined pads and to reduce the cost. This hybrid option could also offer girls and women the flexibility of using a variety of
absorbent materials that are available to them.
- Re: Toilet certification - by: jkeichholz December 18, 2014Again, I see a certification mainly as a marketing instrument - and many potential customers certainly aren't interested in waste management in order to decide for a system they buy and install in their premises. As a customer, I am interested in issues like costs, design, use and so on. From a scientific perspective though, I also prefer a certificatio […]
- Re: Closed loop recycling of flush water through ABR and Constructed Wetland? - by: canaday December 18, 2014Dear Detlef, Thanks for this spectacular example. Many, however, would be worried about pharmaceutical drugs and potentially even normal, natural human hormones. I would like to find cases where the flush water is simple recycled as flush water, especially at a large, public institution (and preferably with normal employees and not only super DIY homeowners) […]
- Re: Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Management in Developing Countries (AIT, Thailand) - by: Thammarat December 18, 2014Thank you very much for posting the comment. We are surprised and disheartened to read the comment from Mr. Daniel relating to our technology. Our technology solution is distinctly different and inventive. It is a technology solution and not a mere hydrocylone unit. Allow me to note that the comprehensive solution includes a toilet pot/pan for rural/urban po […]
- Re: Toilet certification - by: joeturner December 18, 2014The UK has a composting standard, see www.qualitycompost.org.uk/ I am not clear if this is being replicated across the EU or whether faecal wastes are included as part of the standards. Update: the standards specifically exclude faeces
- Re: Toilet certification - by: emmaroach December 18, 2014Dear all, two years after the first post in this thread has been made things haven't really changed. I totally agree with Detlef Schwager, I don't see any benefit from certifiying toilet systems yet, especially when you refer to certification of festival toilets in Europe. The situation in Germany currently is that you have a couple of motivated st […]
- Re: Toilet certification - by: jkeichholz December 18, 2014
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