Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) 2015 study, more than 2.4 billion people worldwide have no access to improved sanitation facilities, and around 1 billion people practice open defecation. This produced more than 200 million tons of untreated human waste, which flowed to the environment in 2015 alone, polluting water sources, and adversely affecting the health and wellbeing of people while damaging the surrounding eco-system. AKYAS is a disposable single-use biodegradable bag that can be used in multiple settings regardless of sanitation infrastructure, disinfects pathogens within the feces to prevent disease transmission, and offers single-use hygiene products to ensure hand hygiene. In addition, the product utilizes the energy within fecal products by transforming the feces into fertilizer that is safe for use. In turn, this might improve the viability of small-scale agriculture among families that can contribute to food security. Akyas aim to revolutionize the concept of Toilet in the modern world, whether it is for an emergency context or for an urban space in normal settings. Moderns cities have been building complex wastewater network and treatment plants to process human waste because of a misconception and fear of the (stool and urine) which happens to be natural organic compounds, this waste which can be converted into a safe soil nutrient (Pathogen-free)
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Decreased Pressure on Resources (Water & Energy) Akyas will reduce the consumption of water for toilet flushing. While average water-saving flush toilets need 5-6L water for each flush, AKYAS uses 0L water, saving about 5000L per person annually,not to mention the required energy needed for potable water pumping and wastewater treatment. Preventing Outbreaks. AKYAS store, treat and transform human waste into safe fertilizer, During all of these process, the human waste is enclosed in a bag, this prevents cross-contamination with the surrounding environment. The powder mix can have a big impact in fighting outbreaks of disease that are transmitted from feces. Personal Hygiene AKYAS is providing a sanitation kit that will ensure 100% germs-free hands. This provides an additional safeguard against disease as hand hygiene can be achieved immediately post-defecation, without the need for clean water and soap. Environmental Impact One person produces around 500 L of Urine and 200 Kg of fecal waste per year. This waste can be converted into safe organic fertilizer and soil conditioner respectively.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
For the first three years, we intend to work on the emergency and post-emergency sitting market. Today there are more than 68.5 million people displaced worldwide. The current Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services provider, needs a lot of time and high capital investment to build a (WASH) project. The main client in this market is UN agencies: World food program, UNICEF, UNHCR and International NGOs who provide (WASH) services such as : MSF, MercyCorps, Business model is based on the value chain of the product, we are not only providing a safe sanitation for the beneficiaries, we are also creating job opportunities in the local community and a sub-product that has a value for the agricultural sector. Money will be made in every process of the value chain, AKYAS will make money from selling the consumable AKYAS kit.
Cofounders Bara Wahbeh and Sophia Tan, one from the Middle East and the other from the Asia Pacific, both grew up in cities where flush toilets mix clean water with pee and poop with a simple push of button. Their lives crossed path when they both served in informal camps and experienced uneasily how a simple rainfall could lead to the overflow of wastewater from very basic latrine pits, and subsequently causing illnesses, especially among children. Basic Information. 1-Bara Wahbeh 35 years old, is an engineer and holds a masters degree in environmental science, Bara currently works as logistic officer with MSF. Bara has +10 years experience in Mechanical system Design, R&D, business management and development. 2-Sophia Tan 28 years old, is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health. Sophia is in Singapore working in hospital administration in the public sector.