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Emergency Toilet For Disaster Afflicted Areas : The Ho! Toilet
Excelsior introduced the Ho! Toilet, an emergency toilet for use in areas afflicted by disasters.
This toilet was developed to be useable with peace of mind when there are no toilets or running water, and by putting the supplied tablets into the toilet in advance, odors can be suppressed for approximately one year.
“The kit includes chemical tablets, a vinyl bag, a frame and a poncho. You make the toilet seat from the frame and vinyl bag, and use the poncho to cover yourself for privacy. When you are finished you tie the bag closed and dispose of it just like that. It is a very compact unit.” The tablets, which are composed of lime mixed with other chemicals, create a chemical reaction which kills bacteria, and suppresses decomposition, odors and the release of gases, so that if necessary the waste can be stored for a long time.
“This is basically burnable garbage, but the problem is that after an earthquake strikes, it can take a very long time before trash collection recovers. No one can tell how long it will take to recover, and during that time people have to leave trash in their garden, or on their balcony if they live in an apartment. If it is a workplace they may have to store and control many bags containing waste matter. If there is a foul odor that would be terrible, so the materials included in this toilet help solve that.”
“Other companies provide powdered chemicals, which must be sprinkled in the bag after use, which means some time must be spent doing an unpleasant task. This tablet can be inserted in advance, so the bag can be tied shut immediately after use, making it a very simple device to use.”
The prices are ¥500 for a single kit, ¥1,000 for a package of four kits, and ¥2,000 for 10 sets of tablets.
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