Apr 102011
Ancient roman latrines / latrinae, Ostia Antica

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A cardboard toilet developed by a French physician could used during times of crisis.

The toilet was made to be biodegradable and lightweight, said Dr. Laurent Helewa.

Helewa told Radio France Internationale that he came up with the invention after Hurricane Katrina. Particularly in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Helewa said the cardboard toilet could give temporary relief to displaced people and will protect public health.

“The first problem is to have access to a toilet. Because if not, people will do their business wherever, and you end up with epidemics such as cholera,” Helewa said to RFI.

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