Team Sanitary Innovations

Limón, Costa Rica

Our Team

Our Mission

Throughout the years, the inadequate agricultural practices and the world’s climate change issue, have been conducting to the limitation of suitable resources for food production. The great majority of producers depend on external, synthetic supplies in order to obtain satisfying yields, creating an unsustainable food production system. On the other hand, it is clear that the problematic with global feeding is not necessarily the amount of food produced, but the uneven distribution worldwide. By understanding this issue, one can acknowledge the dependence on others to be able to eat. Our mission is to create an independent and sustainable system, whose main objective is the generation of the two main production supplies needed: fertilization and water. With the suitable treatment of natural human residues (urine and stool), we pretend to recover water and generate fertilizer that will not only guarantee the feeding of the human population, but will also treat natural waste, creating a disease free living environment.

Our Background

Our group is conformed by four close friends, from three different Latin American countries, all current students at EARTH University. All four, Daniela Onofre (ECUADOR), Mónica Montero (COSTA RICA), César Ormaza (ECUADOR) and Andrés Frías (BOLIVIA), are currently in the third year of Agricultural Sciences, with a sophisticated emphasis on management of natural resources. During our three years at EARTH, we have learned and acknowledge different issues related to food production, climate change, waste management and community development, creating a conscious on where and how we should input to the world. With all the academic skills acquired, and driven mainly by our motivation to help our fellow communities, our team has developed a great interest in the creation of a sustainable mechanism to ensure the feeding and the adequate sanitation of the global community, without any kind of exclusion. One does not need the technical knowledge to understand that the feeding problem worldwide is not necessarily a scarcity of food itself, but the unevenly distribution of the worldwide production. For this same reason, numerous amounts of food are wasted daily, leaving countless mouths starving. Sadly, our world currently moves by the economy. Whoever cannot pay for food, will not eat; whoever cannot pay for production supplies, will not produce, creating a more unequal world every day. At the same time, millions of people live in constant danger due to inadequate sanitary treatment. In order to think about food security, leaders and innovates worldwide should address the issue by first acknowledging the root of it all: production. Every day, our world faces a daily challenge on how our soils deteriorate even more by our unorganized and unconscious agricultural practices; our resources, such as water, are running out due to our immense contribution to climate change, with the use of synthetic supplies for massive productions. The fact here is that the small and multinational crop producers worldwide, believes that they depends of these and others unsustainable raw materials to guarantee the balance between yield and winnings. With this in mind, Sanitary Innovations does not only think about providing food to 9 billion people by 2050, but on the creation of a sustainable system that will contribute to all sorts and sizes of producers, whose main objective is to obtain a satisfying yield in order to feed the world while also providing an adequate sanitation system. This sustainable system will work without any external dependency, using only material such as, liquid and solid human waste (urine and stool) in order to have water and natural fertilizer for agricultural production. Moreover, by having an adequate treatment of these raw materials, the system will not only ensure food security, but will guarantee a suitable environment to live, free of diseases generated by these residues. It also addresses the great necessity of people for production supplies and contributes on the decreasing use of synthetic additives, ensuring healthy food production while dealing with black water waste. Sanitary Innovations in simple terms, pretends to create latrines with solar dryers with the following working system: The natural human waste will go to a chamber where it will be heated to high temperatures, evaporating the water in the urine and stool, and killing all pathogens. Once the water is turned into gas, it will be intercepted and precipitated again by natural decrease in temperature, thus creating water and fertilizer. With this innovative, sustainable and ecofriendly system, producers will have vital resources for agricultural production, without any risk of health. Furthermore, by the implementation of this system, not only would we be addressing the food security issue the Earth is facing, but thinking about a natural, ecological and environmental future where cycles are closed, reutilization of waste is understood and organically food production is promoted.

Our Team

Our Mission

Throughout the years, the inadequate agricultural practices and the world’s climate change issue, have been conducting to the limitation of suitable resources for food production. The great majority ...Read More

Our Background

Our group is conformed by four close friends, from three different Latin American countries, all current students at EARTH University. All four, Daniela Onofre (ECUADOR), Mónica Montero (COSTA ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.