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THE URITONNOIR | GENESIS

Uritonnoir installé sur balle de paille au fond d'un jardin

Planting a urinal in a straw bale… What a funny idea!

At the Center for Alternative Technology in Pantperthog, Wales, visitors are invited to urinate on bales of straw!

An invitation to combine two common types of waste:
👉 urine (nitrogen)
👉 straw (carbon)

A goal: To make manure. A free soil improver for the vegetable garden!

First observation: urinating on a bale of straw can cause a few inconveniences… splashes in return from an unwelcome stream of urine.

The ideas are flowing…

What if we were to urinate directly into urinals made from straw… in other words, agglomerate this cereal waste to make an object! Make a mould and produce parts. Only impregnated with urine will they degrade irreparably…

And then… too much energy to manufacture and transport… An LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) that’s not really optimised!

Another solution: what if we simply planted a funnel in the middle of a bale of straw? A urinal/funnel… a URITONNOIR! 💡

The first silhouettes are sketched out. The choice of material seems strategic.

An object linked to the environment… so necessarily biodegradable… in corn starch for example to be compostable? Another dead end in terms of LCA.

The limit of biodegradable materials… in contact with urine. The urinal will become, by default, DISPOSABLE. It will require a lot of energy and materials to produce it and produce it and produce it again…

This utensil MUST BE REUSABLE, so let’s think “SUSTAINABLE”.

Stainless steel? Too heavy to hold in the straw!

Let’s make it out of the same material as ecocups, the returnable cups commonly found at festivals. In other words, plastic. There are contexts where this material has real relevance. We chose PP, polypropylene, a recyclable plastic.

And as the urinal is designed to be used outdoors, we need to protect it from UV rays and frost.

One of the main difficulties in eco-design is identifying the RIGHT material.

Unlike ecocups, which are accumulated at home (the deposit applied is still not high enough, €1…), no-one will leave a festival with a urinal under their arm…

And so the uritonoir was born!

A small, affordable object, cut out of a sheet of PP, shipped flat and easy to assemble yourself.

A small object that tells a simple story:

Stop scattering your urine all over the place!
Instead, concentrate it in a bale of straw.
And use it as fertiliser for your vegetable garden!

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Uritrottoir MIXT

Uritrottoir MIXT | L'uritrottoir mixt est un uritrottoir cabine inclusif qui propose un urinoir féminin et un urinoir masculin

The Uritrottoir MIXT is a public waterless toilet with a urinal for men and women.
It meets the public’s requirements in terms of gender, modesty and safety.

GENDER
The uritrottoir offers an inclusive solution with a female urinal and a male urinal.

MODESTY
A global cabin, separated in two by a technical room, ensures modesty for both sexes.

SAFETY
The women’s cabin is lockable, a secure solution that allows it to be used at any time of day.

COMFORT
For women, the cubicle is equipped with a dispenser for sanitary towels and toilet paper. Both cabins are equipped with waste bins and hydro-alcoholic gel to ensure optimum service.

HYGIENE & ROBUSTNESS
The MIXT uritrottoir is made entirely of stainless steel.

STAND-ALONE OR CONNECTED TO THE SEWAGE SYSTEM
It can be connected to the sewage network or operate independently, thanks to its 400-litre tank. The urine collected, once pumped, can be used as fertiliser for agriculture. These two operating modes are reversible.

EASIER MAINTENANCE
Side maintenance doors provide access from either side to a single technical area. This area allows urine to be pumped out and access to refill racks for consumables such as toilet paper, hydro-alcoholic gel and sanitary towels.

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MINI price, MINI size | MAXI discreet, MAXI volume

Uritrottoir Mini | Déclinaison couleur selon nuancier RAL pour répondre aux exigences des architectes des bâtiments de France

Introducing the MINI uritrottoir!

For streets, building sites and festive events.

Entirely redesigned to meet your expectations with even greater precision:

  • fighting urinary incivilities
  • offer an instant service that’s easy to install
  • respond to your QSE strategy by offering a tool for collecting urine with a view to recycling it as fertiliser

Technical specifications :

  • simplified manager access
  • 3 collection volumes 30L | 90L | 120L
  • with or without planter
  • brushed stainless steel or powder-coated according to RAL colour chart
  • customizable
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NPK IS AN EFFICIENT, HYGIENIC, AND ECOLOGICAL SOLUTION

Illustration d'une installation d'urinoir NPK femme dans un établissement recevant du public

Designers Victor Massip and Laurent Lebot of French studio FALTAZI introduce NPK, the waterless female urinal for EKOVORE.

Fast, hygienic, and environmentally friendly, the NPK makes the public urinating experience more swift and easier for women, eliminating restroom queues with its express peeing feature. Designed to accommodate the squat position, the urinal ensures touch-free use and prevents bowl contact. An integrated grid also effectively breaks up strong urine splashes for added cleanliness, and can be easily removed for quick sanitation between uses. Beyond convenience of use, FALTAZI promotes environmental responsibility. NPK conserves significant amounts of water and encourages urine collection for use in agriculture. Its natural properties, rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, make it a perfect fertilizer for growing plants. FALTAZI envisions NPK to be installed in public spaces, including schools, stadiums, and swimming pool, as well as within the home. Designers Victor Massip and Laurent Lebot have constructed its form entirely from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, with an easy to install technology and a dry siphon for odor prevention to enhance practicality and use.

Specifically designed for collective housing and public buildings, the NPK urinal system introduces a range of waterless sanitaryware comprising three components: a male waterless urinal, a female waterless urinal, and a facade tank. The male and female urinals can both operate independently or as part of the complete NPK collection. Each element can be supplied separately, providing flexibility in installation.

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NPK | Waterless urinals for both sexes

NPK Femme | Urinoir sec féminin (sans eau) pour installation en maison individuel, habitat collectif et ERP (établissement recevant du public)

Production of the NPK range of waterless stainless steel urinals at APPI (Angers-France) has started! This range has been designed for both sexes, with a consistent look. It can now be installed in any public building (school, swimming pool, etc.) or in private homes that have decided to reduce their water consumption.

Principle of the dry siphon

NPK Women & Men | Dry siphon
NPK Women & Men

INSTALLATION CONFIGURATIONS | On BA13 and wall with visible or invisible pipe.

Dimensional drawing of male and female dry urinals

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Uritonnoir is 10 years old!…

Tableau pour fêter les dix ans de l'uritonnoir

Uritonoir is 10 years old!…

… 10 years of providing a light, environmentally friendly and economical sanitary service,

  • for the vegetable gardens
  • for micro-festivals
  • for gîtes and campsites on the farm
  • for agricultural events
  • for sporting events, trails, marathons
  • for ecomuseums

In France, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and even the USA!

#urine #fertiliser #agriculture #nitrogen #phoshore #npk #circulareconomy #waterless

And for its 10th anniversary, throughout the month of May, the uritonnoir offers you a 10% discount

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L’Uritonnoir: the straw bale urinal that makes compost from ‘liquid gold’ | The Guardian

French design studio Faltazi has developed a plug-in funnel to upcycle urine and bring an eco message to summer festivals.

“Are you used to going for a number one in the back of your garden?” asks French design studio Faltazi. “Do not waste this valuable golden fluid by sprinkling on inappropriate surfaces!”

Their solution to the problem of peeing al fresco is l’Uritonnoir, a hybrid of a urinal (“urinoir” in French) and a funnel (“entonnoir”) that plugs into a straw bale to make your very own urine upcycling factory.

As the bale is filled with your “liquid gold”, the nitrogen in the urine reacts with the carbon in the straw to begin the process of decomposition – forming a rich mound of composted humus within 6-12 months.

L’Uritonnoir was originally dreamt up with summer festivals in mind, where straw bales are often in frequent supply, but portaloos are not. The device comes as a flat polypropylene sheet, which is folded into shape and slotted together, then threaded on a looping band around the bale, its funnel wedged deep into the centre of the straw to channel the fluid to the composting core. A deluxe version is also available in stainless steel – presumably for the VIP bale urinal area.

The designers say their mission is to raise festival-goers’ awareness of “dry urination, water saving and urine upcycling,” and suggest the compost can kept on site and used in planters the following year to demonstrate its value. Production is set to begin in June, when the design will debut at the French heavy metal festival Hellfest.

L’Uritonnoir is just one part of Faltazi’s wider Ekovores project, which is looking at how to introduce locally integrated systems of waste management and food production – from prefab modules for processing and preserving food, to facilities for reclaiming organic waste and an online platform for exchanging know-how.

L’Uritonnoir joins a growing trend for dry, organic toilets, and it is not the first time that urinating on to straw bales has been advocated. In 2009 the National Trust introduced “pee bales” in some of its gardens for male members of staff to relieve themselves, and encouraged people to do the same at home.

“Most people can compost in some way in their own gardens,” said Rosemary Hooper, Wimpole estate’s in-house master composter. “Peeing on a compost heap activates the composting process helps to produce a ready supply of lovely organic matter to add back to the garden. It’s totally safe, and a bit of fun too.”

Oliver Wainwright

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Outdoor urinal designers offer solutions to pandemic public toilet problem / Dezeen

Cities in France are installing outdoor urinals as the coronavirus lockdowns causes a lack of public toilet facilities.

The closure of public toilets along with bars, cafes and other venues with facilities means people have nowhere to go to the bathroom when they are out of their homes. In London, there are reports of desperate people using the bushes in parks.
Urinal designers are responding to the problem, and report that cities in France will soon be improving their public facilities.
“From this week you can find Lapee in the streets of Rennes,” the designers of the Lapee urinal for women and nonbinary people told Dezeen.

Lapee fits perfectly with the summer time and Covid-19 hygiene regulations,” added French architect and Lapee co-founder Gina Périer. “It can be installed basically everywhere. Lapee is made for every place where there is a need for safe and hygienic solutions for womxn to pee.”

French design studio Faltazi, who caused a scandal when their Uritrottoirs were installed on the streets of Paris in 2018, told Dezeen they are installing the composting urinal units in Chambéry this month.

“Our outdoor urinals respond perfectly to this problem of distancing,” Faltazi co-founder Laurent Lebot told Dezeen.

The Uritrottoir is an environmentally-friendly outdoor urinal featuring a bright red box with a trough that funnels urine into a box of sawdust inside its metal body.

Faltazi also makes an easy-to-assemble urinal for outdoor events such as festivals.  The Uritonnoir is made by strapping funnels to straw bales, which can be composted afterwards.
“The Uritonnoirs, our country version of the Uritrottoir can, of course, be installed in parks,” said Lebot. “You just have to get straw bales from farmers.” Using a Uritrottoir or Uritonnoir doesn’t require touching the unit and they’re used in the open air, where the level of ventilation means transmission of coronavirus is reduced.

Lapee is also touchfree, allowing the user to step up between the sheltering sides and squat to urinate. “Of course if you need some support you can always hold from its walls or support yourself with your elbows,” said Périer.
“It’s also a win-win situation because you can work out while you pee,” she added. “But it’s up to you – we see it as a completely touch-free solution. And if you end up touching surfaces, it is totally okay since we provide hand sanitiser to clean your hands.”

In response to the pandemic, Lapee’s designers have added a metal holster for hand sanitiser that attaches to the middle of the structuree. As a piece of industrial design, the hardwearing plastic frame was already made to withstand regular hosing down.

“You can easily spray [Lapee] with vinegar or other disinfectants. It functions as one monolith so the whole cleaning process doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes,” said Périer. “The material that Lapee is made from is very durable, it can last for many many years even if it’s being sanitised every day.”
Lapee was designed to help ease the queues at music festivals, where people who need to squat to pee have to wait longer.

Women and people who need to squat to pee are particularly vulnerable when public toilet facilities are reduced, such as during this pandemic. There are fewer places they can use safely and higher risks of health issues such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) if they cannot go regularly. Human urine is also very bad for plants and can pollute rivers.

As a Danish company, Lapee is also in talks with Copenhagen’s city government to get the urinals installed in time for the summer.
“Things are going really well for Denmark in terms of Covid-19 and summer is just around the corner. We believe people are going to be more and more outside enjoying the nice weather – of course with regulations – but still gathering in parks, hanging out by the water and visiting outdoor markets,” said Périer.

“As it is a new concept it always takes a bit more time to get things done – especially through governmental procedures. But more cities will have it in the near future and we are really happy about it.”
Coronavirus has lead to increased demand for touchless toilets and other bathroom equipment. “It is entirely feasible to create an environment which eliminates the need to touch surfaces,” chief design officer of LIXIL told Dezeen.

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Paris Turns to Flower-Growing Toilet to Fight Public Urination | THE NEW YORK TIMES

In cities the world over, men (and, to a lesser extent, women) who urinate in the street — al fresco — are a scourge of urban life, costing millions of dollars for cleaning and the repair of damage to public infrastructure. And, oh, the stench.

Now, Paris has a new weapon against what the French call “les pipis sauvages” or “wild peeing”: a sleek and eco-friendly public toilet. Befitting the country of Matisse, the urinal looks more like a modernist flower box than a receptacle for human waste.

You can even grow flowers in its compost.

The Parisian innovation was spurred by a problem of public urination so endemic that City Hall recently proposed dispatching a nearly 2,000-strong “incivility brigade” of truncheon-wielding officers to try to prevent bad behavior, which also includes leaving dog waste on the street and littering cigarette butts. Fines for public urination are steep — about $75.

Even that was not deterrent enough, officials say. A small brigade of sanitation workers still has to scrub about 1,800 miles of sidewalk each day. And dozens of surfaces are splattered by urine, according to City Hall.

Enter the boxy Uritrottoir — a combination of the French words for “urinal” and “pavement” — which has grabbed headlines and has already been lauded as a “friend of flowers” by Le Figaro, the French newspaper, because it produces compost that can be used for fertilizer. Designed by Faltazi, a Nantes-based industrial design firm, its top section also doubles as an attractive flower or plant holder.

The Uritrottoir, which has graffiti-proof paint and does not use water, works by storing urine on a bed of dry straw, sawdust or wood chips. Monitored remotely by a “urine attendant” who can see on a computer when the toilet is full, the urine and straw is carted away to the outskirts of Paris, where it is turned into compost that can later be used in public gardens or parks.

Fabien Esculier, an engineer who is known in the French media as “Monsieur Pipi” because of his expertise on the subject, said the Uritrottoir was more eco-friendly than the dozens of existing public toilets which dot the capital and are connected to the public sewage system.

“Its greatest virtue is that it doesn’t use water, and produces compost that can be used for public gardens and parks,” he said.

So far, Paris’s Gare de Lyon, a railway station that has become ground zero in the capital’s war against public urination, has ordered two of the toilets, which were installed on Tuesday outside the station, and the SNCF, France’s state-owned national railway, says it plans to roll out more across the capital if the Uritrottoir is a success.

“I am optimistic it will work,” said Maxime Bourette, the SNCF maintenance official who ordered the toilets for the railway. “Everyone is tired of the mess.”

He said it remained to be seen whether the toilets were cost effective — he said the SNCF paid about $9,730 for two, while it would cost about $865 a month to pay a sanitation worker to clean the toilets and take away the waste.

A designer of the Uritrottoir, Laurent Lebot, 45, an industrial engineer who has also invented an eco-friendly vacuum cleaner, said Nantes, in western France, had ordered three for the spring. He had also had inquiries from local councils in Cannes, France; Lausanne, Switzerland; London; and Saarbrücken, Germany. A large model can handle the outflow of 600 people; a smaller model absorbs 300 trips to the toilet.

“Public urination is a huge problem in France,” Mr. Lebot said. “Beyond the terrible smell, urine degrades lamp posts and telephone poles, damages cars, pollutes the Seine and undermines everyday life of a city. Cleaning up wastes water, and detergents are damaging for the environment.”

France is far from alone in combating public urination. In San Francisco, a street lamp whose base was damaged by urine recently collapsed, almost injuring a driver. The city has since installed public urinals adorned by plants.

New York has also long suffered from drunken urinating revelers, but the City Council recently downgraded the offense, along with littering and excessive noise, as part of its effort to divert minor offenders from its already overstretched court system. Nevertheless, offenders face a fine of $350 to $450 if they commit a third offense within a year.

In Chester, northwest England, the local government has clamped down on public urination amid concerns it was damaging the city’s medieval covered walkways.

In France, the acrid smell of urine has been a particular blight on the nation’s capital stretching back centuries, and Mr. Lebot noted that the carbon of the straw had the added benefit of combating the odor of urine. His next challenge, he added, was to design an aesthetically pleasing public toilet that women could use.

Among the steepest fines for an act of public urination — about $37,500 — was meted out to Pierre Pinoncelli, a French citizen who urinated on the artist Marcel Duchamp’s Dadaist porcelain urinal “Fountain” in 1993 — considered a masterpiece of conceptual art — before hitting it with a hammer.

DAN BILEFSKY