This Delhi Entrepreneur Is Turning Thousands Of Plastic Bottles Into Toilets; Support His Initiative

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Everyday India produces 25,940 tonnes of single-use plastic waste which clogs our drains, rivers, canals and oceans. It takes over 400 years for a single-use plastic to decompose. But the question is, what can we do about it?

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which targeted open defecation in especially in rural areas was Modi government’s one of the first flagship schemes. Several public toilets were constructed under the scheme. However, even today cities like Delhi lack the adequate number of public urinals and toilets.

In 2014, Ashwani established BasicShit to solve sanitation problems by creating innovative public urinals across cities and implemented projects for cleaning and greening urban areas through research-driven innovative solutions. Support the initiative here


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BasicShit has come up with an eco-friendly ’PeePee’ public toilet made out single-use plastic which is thrown away as garbage. Each PeePee toilet can eliminate more than 9000 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in our water bodies. These toilets require no water to clean and are smell free. Ashwani, the founder of BasicShit came up with this idea after studying various aspects of public urination around the country.  He has authored several research papers and case studies on how public urination affects public health in urban areas. 

Till now Ashwani tried and tested multiple urinal designs across the country out of which 30 – 40 units still working. He spent his own money on research and development and also he received a grant received from Asian Development Bank. 

PeePee urinals from recycled plastic waste


As per the latest data from Swachh Survekshan 2019, Delhi has just 3000 public toilets for men and 30 for females for a population of 18.6 million. 

Public sanitation problems in urban areas are constantly undermined especially when it comes to public urination. Due to the lack of proper public urinal and sanitation facilities, peeing in public has become a habit. 

In many places, though urinals are present they are not easily accessible and wherever present, they aren’t properly maintained; leaving the public with no choice. He as a warrior against the public urination menace; strongly felt the need to work towards solving this problem and create a street urinal which takes less space, uses less or no water, is odour free and can be installed quickly. 

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After refining his urinal designs he came up with PeePee toilet. The total cost to construct one unit of this toilet is Rs 12,000. The complete structure of the PeePee toilet is made from recycled single-use plastic material collected from streets. The toilet can be assembled and installed on-site in 2 hours. As it requires no sewage connection, urine is collected in drums, recycled and used for agriculture purposes.

PeePee urinals will be installed across Delhi and will be accessible at every 10 minutes walking distance.

Here are some features of PeePee urinal design for males

The setup of PeePee urinals offers an eco-friendly way to dispose of urine which reduces the load on the public sanitary infrastructure. These urinals are connected to Pee-Cartridge which process the fresh urine to extract urea which acts as a very good fertilizer. This process helps reduce the urea and ammonia effluents in the nearby water bodies, thus helping preserve aquatic wildlife and natural resources.


The toilets are free to use for all users. It is an on-site urinal system for males and uses reflective signage for easy visibility at night for people travelling on roads and streets.    

As part of the initiative, BasicShit has already set up toilets in various localities to let the citizens know about usability patterns and the success rate of those toilets.

  • Self Sustainable Toilet Design.
  • Odourless urinal, clean & hygienic.
  • No Sewer required
  • No water required
  • Not using a chemical to clean the toilet.
  • Free to use
  • Easy to installed

How does PeePee urinal convert urine to fertilizer 

Human urine is first collected in two Pee-Carriage. Each Pee-Carriage have a capacity to hold 200 litres of urine. Each day on average 150 litres of urine is collected from each PeePee unit in one day. The collected urine is stabilised and purified with activated carbon which safely eliminates all pharmaceuticals and hormones. 



Then the distiller eliminates all pathogens and reduces the liquid volume by 50 per cent. The last stage produces water and fertiliser for the plants.

Location survey and identifying spot through BasicShit app 

  1. You can tell exactly where you want the toilets to be installed, or
  2. BasicShit can do a survey and identify local spots for toilets using our state of the art BasicShit App, which marks physical spots using GPS and helps identify best open urination hotspots.
  3. Full design and installation of the toilet as per your community’s need.
  4. Fix up a maintenance schedule and provide training to maintenance staff so that they can help you run these facilities without any headaches.

Ashwani is aiming to build 100 PeePee urinals and install them on the streets, where every corner stinks and need a smart solution. Each city one at a time. Let us come together and help him in building urinals.

Support BasicShit’s initiative in all the ways to help fight the battle against public urination hazards and to build environmentally and economically sustainable urinal systems in all the dirty corners of our cities.


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- Mother Theresa Quote Is Distributing 40,000+ Meals Per Day In Mumbai During Covid-19 Lockdown

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Every global crisis affects every country in a different way depending on their socio-economic background. The COVID 19 pandemic hit India straight in its gut. After the lockdown daily wage workers and people who are underprivileged have been rendered out of their jobs. This has ultimately pushed them to an acute financial crisis so much so that even being able to afford two meals a day has become impossible. While we all wait for normalcy to bring us back our sanity, the financially disadvantaged people on the streets are fighting both the pandemic and hunger.

In a scenario like so, a number of social groups have come forward to help in whatever way they can. One of the worst hit cities is Mumbai, where 5 lakh migrant workers, the homeless and underprivileged residents of slums and chawls, waiting endlessly for normalcy to return., an initiative by is cooking food and delivering them to those in dire need, every single day.

“” that was launched in the city of Mumbai on March 29th, is one of its kind people-driven movements that has been running hall and hearty by the people coming from all across. It is that classic example of solidarity where people from all backgrounds, cultural and social has come together to ensure that every mouth is fed.

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Top : Pathik Muni, Ruben Mascarenhas. Below: Munaf Kapadia, Shishir Joshi

How does work

What’s different you ask? has built a capacity of preparing over a whopping 50000+ meals on a daily basis by activating the closed kitchens on several Mumbai routes. Pathik Muni, who has been particularly invested in the mission says, “ We crowdsource demand on hunger pockets and then map it to supply-side by activating closed kitchens. Our partner NGO “Project Mumbai” with reach to the relevant stake holders in Government departments helps us facilitate permissions to activate these closed Kitchens with a turn around of 24 hours. Parallelly we raise funds to map the demand.”

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Areas of food distribution in Mumbai

The food that is prepared is not just hygienic but also fits the calorie count that is sufficient for a person to get him through the day. Every meal consists of daal-rice, aloo-sabzi, chole rotis, veg pulav etc. has a volunteer-driven collective drive in various areas of Mumbai where people in large numbers have come forward to contribute in the many ways possible. So far the initiative has covered the Bandra to Dahisar route on Western Express Highway, Sion to CST and underprivileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla on Eastern Express Highway, Juhu to Dahisar on Linking road, a cluster of 1100 labor camps near Mumbai Central and a part of Dharavi Slums.

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Food distribution areas  in Mumbai by

  1. To beggars & homeless
    • below the flyovers between Bandra to Dahisar on Western Express Highway,
    • between Juhu to Dahisar on Link road
    • below the flyovers between Ghatkopar to CST
    • under privileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla.on Eastern Express Highway,
  2. To labour camps
    • a cluster of 1100 labour camp near Mumbai Central
    • a cluster of 3000 labour camp near Govandi
    • a cluster of 2000 labour camp near Mahul
    • a cluster of 750 labour camp in Colaba
  3. Parts of Dharavi Slums towards Cotton Green.
  4. Over 5000 meals in labour camps at various location identified and provided by the Assistant Commissioner,
  5. Serving food to over 5000 meals in Worli and Bandra on request of the local MLA and Corporator.

Immense demand of food in next 10 days

The intent of the movement is to continue the drive of feeding the needy in these difficult times at least until the lockdown is lifted by the government. However, as the days are proceeding, initiative has identified more and more hunger pockets as a result of which the demand for food is just rising since the time it started. To give a perspective of the recently emerged roadblock, Pathik says, “Nine days back, we started with 1200 meals and we are already catering a demand of 40,000+ as of today. We have corporate donors for most of our requirement, but as the demand for food is rising, we are now looking to feed 5000 people in next 10 days, which turns out to be 1,00,000 meals. Therefore we need to now raise a sum of Rs 25,00,000/- which is huge and we really need the support of more people.”

To raise the funds, initiative has come together with Efforts For Good and The Logical Indian to share this concern with our community members because as a citizen-driven movement, the initiative needs more and more people to come forward and a set a sum aside to keep the initiative going in its full glory so that there are no impediments coming in the way of feeding every mouth in these difficult times. Additionally, one can also contribute by sharing the word with friends and families. COVID 19 is difficult for all, the least we can do is to contribute so that the struggle to cope up with the pandemic does not add up to the struggle to cope up with hunger as well.

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