Friday, March 19

Innovation At Its Best: Peepoo Bag Comes To The Rescue Of The Underpriviledged In Using Proper Sanitation

Innovation At Its Best: Peepoo Bag Comes To The Rescue Of The Underpriviledged In Using Proper Sanitation

In response to the article “Bag and Baggage”, by Elizabeth Flock in ‘WhatIf Cloumn’ of Forbes India (Volume 2, Issue 4, February 19, 2010, pp: 20), I would like to draw further attention that its a very successful idea in a developing country like India where almost 56% of the population remains under the poverty line. Indeed with Global Climate Change on the verge of reducing fresh water resources to minimum troughout the globe, Peepoople’s credibility in launching this brave project is highly plaudible.

Elizabeth Flock’s presentation on the launch of Peepoo Sanitation bags creates a lasting impression on the reader’s mind. Indeed countries like India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and many other African nations can look forward to this newer approach of healthy sanitation, albeit social taboo permits them to do so. The idea or innovation will be possible if the developing nations look at it with a wider range of anti-scepticism and broader mind to look ahead of times.

Moreover the bag not only improves the chances of safer sanitation in scarcity of water but also is a novel technology of converting human wastes into fertillizers. Professor Eric O. Odada is right in pointing out that the Peepoo bag could hasten India towards it’s Millenium Development Goal for Hygiene. He is an honorary member of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. The organization is also in the middle of parley with organizations like UNICEF, Oxfam, WaterAid, and UN Refugee Agency to maximize the effect. The bag could also play a major role during emergencies like natural calamities, such as floods and earthquakes or droughts.

Mr. Arunava Das (M.Sc. Biochemistry),
Chemistry Teacher Expatriat
Pelkhil HS, Lungtenphu, Thimpu, Kingdom of Bhutan
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  1. Good one Dassappaa. What remains to be seen is how it is accepted by the people. Hoping it turns out to be quite cheap and easily available.

  2. Hi, Rocksta, its nice to see ur comment after a long time....Ya u r correct, if the people accepts it, thn its gonna be a great innovation not only for India but the other developing nations as well.... And if u have a look at the original article, the bag costs a maximum of Rs. 4 per bag..... Even though UNICEF is trying for a cost of 0.50 INR per bag that is affordable for the poor sections of our society.... Isnt that great??? Three Cheers for UNICEF and Peepoople..... Please go on putting/ scribbling ur comments.... These drive me to put articles on the blog from a ditance as great as Thimpu..... Thanks a lot fr ur comments....

  3. It is always nice to read your posts buddy and it is extra-special when you are blogging from Thimpu. Only wish is that you post some pics of this beautiful place. Keep blogging! Enjoy!!!


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