Good Business: James Young, Woo Woo toilets
8 April 2014 - Impact Hub

Each fortnight, the Good Business column from Positive News catches up with people who are leading social change. It’s hosted by Impact Hub Islington, an incubation space in London for socially minded entrepreneurs.

Starting a business has many challenges, so as James Young from Woo Woo Toilets tells Nicola Slawson, there’s no harm in making the most of green credentials

Here’s an excerpt, you can read the full article here:

Nicola: Hi James, tell us about your business
James: We sell and install waterless ‘off-grid’ toilets for clients without access to mains sewerage such as country parks, camp sites, National Trust properties, golf courses, beaches and allotments.
How do they work?
They are evaporating and dehydrating toilets. They harness the power of wind and sun. There’s a rotating wind cowl that catches the wind and sucks air through the system. The sun heats the unit up and accelerates airflow. It goes over the waste and then out. The liquids drain through to the bottom and the solids are collected in a basket. The air dries this out and it’s also channeled underneath to evaporate the liquids.
People are always a bit astonished that it actually works. You don’t really think that airflow and passive solar gain would be that effective, but it is. Airflow is amazingly good at taking moisture out of things. It’s an elegantly simple concept.
Why did you decide to start selling these toilets?
I found them in South Africa when I was out there doing another project. I actually just recommended it to a friend for another project he was doing in the south of France. Then I came back to the UK and decided that I wanted to start a business, so I thought I’d start selling these toilets that by then my friend was importing into France.

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