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. 

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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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

The need is huge.. We are there.. Need You too !!

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