Bill Gates praised the free trade system for making
toilet technology possible. He was one of the high profile guest at the major
trade event in Shanghai.
In an interview he said on Tuesday –
“I honestly believe trade allows every country to do what it’s best at,”
“So when I talk about components of this toilet being made in China, others in Thailand, others in the United States – you really want to be bringing together all of that IQ so that you’re getting that combination.”
The toilet took years of development and it is now
ready for sale. Gates said the research project which worked on the development
is the brainchild of Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation.
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Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation is the world’s
biggest private philanthropy organization.
This futuristic toilet that turns human waste into
fertilizer comes in many designs. However, the technology is same. They all
work by separating liquid and solid.
“The current toilet simply sends the waste away in the water, whereas these toilets don’t have the sewer. They take both the liquids and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases.”
“In the way that a personal computer is sort of self contained, not a gigantic thing, we can do this chemical processing at the household level,”
According to the foundation half a million children
(under the age of five years) die due to poor sanitation annually. Global cost
of healthcare and lost income amounts to 200 billion dollars annually.
Roughly 200 million Dollars have been put into the
toilet project by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation. It is expected that
the same amount will be spent before they are ready for wide-scale
Gates said :
“This year the volume of toilets will literally be in the 100s while people are still kicking tyres (testing them),”
To demonstrate the importance of sanitation Gates held
up a clear jar of human feaces during a speech at the Beijing event.
“It’s a good reminder that in (the jar) there could be 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs.”
The Bill and Milinda Gates foundation addressed for
the first time in China Event. To upgrade 64,000 public toilets by 2020 and
boost tourism and economic growth, President Xi Jinping is promoting a
three-year “toilet Revolution”
Gates said the next step for the project is to pitch
the concept to manufacturers, saying he expects the market for the toilets to
be over $6 billion by 2030.