Is DryFlush a toilet that will change the world or is it just another ‘shitty’ contraption?! Well, its designers obviously want to believe the first part – Kristina Von Kroug and her family have been living full-time in the outdoors, be it in the roads or in the woods; and their primary needs involved food, shelter, water and hygiene. Pertaining to the last scope, a moving habitable unit always needs a toilet that is ‘makeshift’ in nature, with lower flushing requirements and reduced plumbing features. As a result – the portable DryFlush was designed, to flexibly cater to the rigorous demands of outdoor living.
So, how exactly does the scope work? Well, the inner lining of the DryFlush water closet is draped in aluminum foil. So, when you have done your thing, the foil bag collects your excreta. Additionally, there is a flush-like switch, which on pressing activates a vacuuming action that takes the air out of the chamber, thus inducing the bag to shrink wrap the waste.
The tightly wrapped waste is then transferred to the lower part of the toilet, and collected in a larger bag. And, after numerous sessions of pooping, you can finally take out bag (sans the odor), and dump it in a landfill.
Now, wait – isn’t dumping human waste in landfills an atrocious practice? Well, it is NOT according to Kristina Von Kroug, as standard regulations demand the waste to be contained in plastic bags. Moreover, there is an energy efficient side to the contrivance itself, with its rechargeable battery system that can be powered by conventional outlets and also solar panels.
However, we are still unconvinced when it boils down to the practicality of the design. In fact, the DryFlush is not at all suited to the daily needs of us who follow their sedentary lifestyles. But yes; it might just be feasible in outdoor scenarios where mobility is the name of the game.
For more details on the DryFlush, you can check out the project at Tiny House Blog.