Back in March, I found a small article in the International Herald Tribune about a disposable toilet-in-a-bag aimed at the developing world, designed by Anders Wilhelmson. I found the facebook page for the peepoo product, and added it. Now, every time there is a new video, photo, or piece of news, I am alerted when I log on to facebook.
I find this product fascinating - according to the International Herald Tribune, Anders Wilhelmson used local customs/methods (slum dwellers in Kenya collecting their excrement in a plastic bag and disposing of it by flinging it away) to develop an environmentally friendly alternative. It is well priced, and can be reused to grow crops. Seems like a win-win situation to me! I chose this example because the lack of toilets (according to the UN, 40% of the world's population does not have access to a proper toilet) is an uncomfortable topic and huge issue in many slums, yet this invention deals with it effectively both in terms of the very modern and playful design, its usefulness to locals, and its positive environmental impact. Many of the social innovation secrets mentioned that you can not change the locals' ways, simply improve those ways - this is doing just that, and improving other things as well.