70 results for tag: ecological sanitation


SOIL Partners: An Interview with the Director General of Cap-Haitien’s city hall

Director General of City Hall, Carry Hyppolite, alongside SOIL's Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint SOIL recently had the opportunity to catch up with, Carry Hyppolite, economist and Director General of City Hall in Cap-Haitien to talk about City Hall’s partnership with SOIL and the sanitation situation in Northern Haiti. Hyppolite, a native of Cap-Haitien has witnessed first-hand the changes that increasing population density has brought to the city over the years. The late 1980s brought a large wave of migration of Haitians from rural to urban areas, due to loss of employment and subsistence livelihood opportunities in rural areas – resulting from ...

An Interview with Entre Nous: A Big Problem in Haiti – the Environment

Haiti's environmental issues recently caught the attention of Entre Nous journalist Vladimir Laguerre, who sat down to speak with SOIL’s Senior Manager, Romel Toussaint and Sakala’s Co-founder, Daniel Tillias (and member of SOIL’s Board of Directors), to learn more about the work the two organizations are doing to address environmental and human rights issues in Haiti.   Both SOIL and Sakala have been working in Haiti for over a decade to promote human rights, environmental protection, and sustainable urban communities. SOIL’s household toilet and ecological sanitation model provides dignified and safely managed sanitation service to ...

Yon ti chita pale ak “Entre Nous”: Yon Gwo Pwoblem an Ayiti – Anviwonman an

Degradasyon anviwomnan peyi Dayiti te atire atansyon jounalis Vladimir Laguerre ki te fe yon chita pale avek SOIL e Sakala, 2 oganizasyon kap travay pou pote soutyen nan lit pou yon anviwomnan ki pi sen. SOIL ap travay depi lane 2006 an Ayiti nan domèn sanitasyon ekolojik kote li transfome deche imen a travè 2 pwogram li genyen ki se Ekolakay ak Konpos Lakay. Ak twalèt EkoLakay, SOIL kolekte deche ke li transfome an konpos. Sa bay anpil moun posibilite pou gen yon espas ijienik pou fe bezwen yo. Dapre yon kliyan, EkoLakay pote yon gwo solisyon pou moun pa fe bezwen nan sachè. Romel te rapote ke “gen moun ki gen twalèt flòch ki itilize twalèt ...

Composting Across Countries: A visit to Kompotoi in Switzerland

As SOIL continues to grow and expand our services in Haiti, we recognize the need to keep improving our operations efficiency, deepening our research, and exploring what others in the sector are doing. We love visiting our container-based sanitation and composting friends around the world, because it gives us a chance to see firsthand what else is going on in the sanitation sector. While back in her home country of France, SOIL’s Compost Program Advisor and Waste Management Engineer Julie Jeliazovski took a trip over the border to Switzerland to visit Kompotoi, a mobile dry composting toilet service for the eco-conscious, run by JoJo Linder. Komp...

Yale Climate Connections: As the planet warms, can we afford to treat poop as waste?

photo credit: Yale Climate Connections For centuries, people have been using human waste as a precious commodity for soil fertilization around the world. In fact, night soil, the term given to the human waste product, has had entire economies built around it as a means for sustainable agriculture production from Asia to the Amazon. A recent article in Yale Climate Connections provided some insight into understanding why we have wandered so far from these roots, how that has impacted climate change, and if it is time once again to rethink human waste as a valuable commodity. Prior to World War II, livestock manure management was an integral part of ...

Container-Based Sanitation: Including Vulnerable Populations in Climate Mitigation

photo credit: Vic Hinterlang Since its pilot, SOIL’s EkoLakay service has been carefully designed as a holistic model that can offer benefits beyond a simple household toilet. Rather than thinking solely about EkoLakay’s potential for individual impact, we’ve used sanitation provision as a starting point for designing a solution that leverages the interconnection between sanitation, climate, and human rights. This is evident in SOIL’s waste treatment and composting facility, where we turn human waste from the EkoLakay toilets into regenerative compost that can stabilize Haiti’s fragile soils. More recently, a study conducted on SOIL’s ...

SOIL announces new give-back partnership with bamboo toilet paper company, Reel Paper

SOIL is excited to announce a new give-back partnership with California-based brand Reel Paper. The mission-driven, eco-friendly company reached out to SOIL last year to partner as a beneficiary in Reel Paper’s giving back sustainability program. Reel Paper uses bamboo to make its plastic-free, dye-free, biodegradable toilet paper. According to the company, using bamboo for producing toilet paper as opposed to traditional hardwood trees is both climate-conscious and practical. Bamboo uses uses significantly less water than hardwood trees, while also producing 35% more oxygen than trees - meaning an acre of bamboo can fix approximately 25 metric tons ...

Nature Climate Change: Groundbreaking Research on GHG Emissions Offset of SOIL’s Sanitation Solution

Around the globe, 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation with 1 billion of those living in densely populated urban settlements. Many urban residents rely on pit latrines where human waste is not safely managed and carries the potential to contaminate water sources and critically endanger public health. To address the urgent need for safely managed sanitation in the communities we serve, SOIL’s water-wise sanitation solution in Haiti is designed to remove human waste from dense urban neighborhoods to mitigate the spread of waterborne disease, prevent negative environmental impacts from untreated waste, and transform the waste ...

National Geographic: Explorers in the Field visits SOIL

photo credit: National Geographic Education “What if your faucet had no clean water coming out of it and no way for human waste to get out?” As many classrooms move online, National Geographic brings the reality of the global sanitation crisis to screens around the world. And, they do it by bringing viewers to Haiti where they meet with SOIL’s Sasha Kramer to learn about the historical context for Haiti’s lack of sanitation infrastructure, what it means for public health and the environment, and how SOIL’s practical, climate-positive solution is responding to the challenge. The SOIL team is truly excited to share our most recent spotlight ...

SOIL Chosen as Editors’ Pick in the Food Planet Prize

photo credit: Bijay Rai We have exciting news. SOIL’s team has been chosen as Editors’ Pick in The Curt Bergfor’s Food Planet Prize! SOIL has been recognized for its particular achievements in the category of Land Use and Agriculture for our innovative circular economy sanitation solution which promotes climate resiliency, protects ecosystems, restores soil fertility, and ultimately: nurtures sustainable food production. SOIL’s solution tackles two of the world’s most pressing problems: lack of access to safe sanitation and decreasing agricultural production in large part due to soil degradation, intensive agricultural practices, and ...