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Rethinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day
To mark World Toilet Day 2014 yesterday, Roca and We Are Water Foundation hosted a special event at Roca London Gallery that aimed to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation issue, while offering an opportunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to clean and safe toilets.
This is a subject that Roca strongly supports, particularly through its We Are Water Foundation (www.wearewater.org), which aims to mitigate the negative effects associated with the lack of adequate water resources. The charitable foundation raises awareness and essential funds for relevant projects in developing countries.
The event at Roca London Gallery included three key presentations focused on the need for improved sanitation. Loughborough University discussed the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2011, the Gates Foundation has awarded grants to 16 researchers around the world, including Loughborough University in the UK, whose researchers are using innovative approaches for the safe and sustainable management of human waste.
Attendees of the Re-thinking Sanitation event also heard from LooWatt, an off-grid, energy generating luxury WC system, as well as from Milan-based Fare Architects, founders of Buildachange, a non-profit organisation that created the Zero Project, aiming to improve sanitation in developing countries.
20th November 2014