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L’URITONNOIR | Clever urinal

Uritonnoirs installés aux USA avec pare-vues et sous une tente

URINE is a captivating subject!
When the uritonnoir was launched, we had a great article in the GUARDIAN.
“L’Uritonnoir: the straw bale urinal that makes compost from ‘liquid gold'”.

Let’s support it as best we can by carefully preparing two essential aids to understanding it:

💪 an assembly guide | just a reminder: the object is shipped flat-packed and requires two parts to be assembled once delivered. Tutorial available online!

💪 an instruction manual to help you understand the message conveyed by this new, somewhat exotic tool: combining straw+urine (carbon+nitrogen) to generate manure (human dung). It should be pointed out that it is made from UV- and FROST-resistant material and can therefore be kept outdoors. It is also washable and can be stacked for easy storage.

Now it’s time to take a closer look at the countries it’s being used in and the contexts in which it’s being used.

First observation | The uritonnoir is very popular in Europe, especially in Northern Europe.
Hypothesis: beer country… mystery…

Second observation | The photos received illustrate the diversity of installation methods in terms of :

👉 modesty, by cleverly arranging straw bales together

👉 audience diversity, by managing the height for children, adding privacy screens for women who want to use it with a pisser-debout

👉 accessorising, litter bins, beer racks, etc.
👉 diversion of use, by using it directly planted in windrows of COMPOST 🪱 to activate its transformation for free

Third observation | The dry material used to plant the uritonnoir also varies according to local availability:

👉 some prefer our recommendation, STRAW, a waste product from cereal crops and perfectly suited to this use. 20€ per 300 kg straw bale.
👉 others install them in hay when they have plenty of it. Less relevant, since hay is primarily a livestock feed and its price can be five times that of straw. On the plus side, hay is much more absorbent than straw!
👉 And at the other end of the planet, in New Zealand, the mystery remains. We’ve never been able to identify the plant fibre used in the bales.

After more than ten years in existence, the URITONNOIR remains the :
👉 the lightest (only 400 grams)
👉 and the cheapest on the market! 💥

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L’uritonnoir | The TEST

Pisseur d'uritonnoir au Hellfest

We know that the uritonoir works perfectly in the backyard, but we still had to assess the absorption capacity of straw bales on a larger audience!

What festival do we have on hand near Nantes?

Well … Hellfest! 😈 A quick call to the KING of Hellfest logistics, always on the lookout for sanitary solutions.

He suggested we install nine round bales of straw, each fitted with 3 uritonnoirs. 27 uritonnoirs in the centre of WHITE CAMP HELLFEST, where 30,000 festival-goers pitch their tents!

A small observation team is organised. Like all conscientious and dedicated designers, we also pitch our tents at one end of the straw bales, equipped with hand-held counters.

The festival opens its doors! Go! Go!

How strange… after a few hours, the festival-goers gave up their 25 cl cups in favour of 1.5 litre jugs… 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

A tsunami of urine!

Fortunately, we’re not alone: additional sanitary solutions are in place. The first day passed calmly, with wave after wave of festival-goers. They put their jugs on the straw bales and empty their bladders at a frantic pace. At what point, after how many litres, will the straw bales implode? The third day was more complicated! A ball change would have been useful. A ball change would have been useful. But on such a busy festival, handling vehicles are banned for safety reasons.. This is what we call a full-scale crash-test of a technical function!

The small victory is hearing festival-goers exclaim: ‘Ah! But it’s for making manure… clever!’ 🪱
There it’s won: this little object does convey the essential message!

We now have our information:
We can now correctly size the number of uritonnoirs according to the number of users!

The uritonnoir is therefore highly effective in the following contexts:

– micro-festivals, which often have little money to hire sanitary facilities
– agricultural festivals (where straw is readily available)
– green classes, scouting and other nature camps
– sporting events (along trails and other running routes)
– family celebrations, birthdays
– corporate events
– campsites and farm gites
– accrobranche and via ferrata sites
– adventure parks
– and of course in ALL GARDEN AREAS without distinction!

Wherever this precious liquid is harvested to be used in situ as fertiliser for tomatoes! 🍅

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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.

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

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

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

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.

The MIXT uritrottoir is made entirely of stainless steel.

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.

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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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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BOB ! Also for on-the-go consumption!

BOB collecte le verre et les emballages issus de la consommation nomade

BOB is designed for the collection and sorting of glass in public spaces, but not only that…

BOB now also offers an out-of-home collection and sorting solution for on-the-go packaging! BOB has a new square yellow lid for food packaging.

Another new feature is that BOB has broadened its shoulders, offering a second storage capacity of 530 litres.

BOB is simply emptied by suction, using the fleets of sweepers and vacuum cleaners already available in urban areas. It can be emptied by a single operator. It saves a considerable amount of time and manpower, as it avoids the need for cumbersome manual collection, which can lead to musculo-skeletal disorders.

BOB is a removable device. It can therefore offer a collection solution for urban cultural or sporting events.

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BOB celebrates its first year!

Le container à verre BOB se vide par balayeuse aspirante. Une porte à bascule permet l'accès au verre pour l'aspirer. Deux agents techniques de Nantes Métropole aspirent les bouteilles en verre en vu de leur recyclage.

BOB, the tactical glass collector installed at Nantes Métropole, is celebrating its first year of operation!
1 waste management officer / 10 BOBs installed / 1 Aebi Schmidt Group vacuum sweeper / 2 empties of 4m3 per week / 800kg of glass collected.

BOB, the missing link between the litter bin and the large glass container!