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BadBox Wins Social Impact Start

Badbox is honoured to have received a place in the Social Impact Start program after being selected at a pitching event at Impact Hub Zurich on October the 13th. We are looking forward to developing in partnership with Social Impact Start over the next 8 months. A big thank you to the team at Impact Hub, SAP and Social Impact for making this possible.

What is social impact start?

Social Impact Start is a scholarship programme for social entrepreneurs in the startup phase.
Our programme covers a period of up to eight zu months and includes:

  • access to our networks
  • addressing & matching to potential financing partners
  • professional assistance in writing applications for financial support e.g. foundation and government aid
  • mentoring by SAP employees
  • coaching during the launch and implementation phase
  • information and qualification
  • co-working space (in different German, Austrian and Swiss cities)





Findings Presented to Social Impact Award

The results of 3 months development have been presented at the warp up event for the Social Impact Award (SIA). Many thanks to SIA for making this summer possible, especially enabling the trip to Kenya! The momentum achieved due to SIA will help BadBox continue to develop over the next year!!!

Mid Flow SIA Wrap Up

User Testing with WSUP in a MoSan

Over the month of August extensive research has been undertaken to understand the context and end user of BadBox. Ethnographic data has been gathered through interviews, focus groups and general observations. A small trial with a single user over a week has been completed. Despite a number of logistical hurdles, the trial successfully tested the core value of BadBox, identified a number of areas for improvement and some ways that BadBox can generate even more value. Many thanks to our toilet partner MoSan and our field partner WSUP for making this possible.

Kisumu SlumsBadBox Trial

Prototypes Ready for Testing in Kenya

After a large number of iterations and long days at the workbench there are three prototypes ready to be tested in Kenya. They each test different hypotheses around assembly, use, closing, and transport. These prototypes are intended to test usability factors, and are not biodegradable.


BioBox 2

BadBox 1

BioBox 1

BadBox 2

BioBox 3

BadBox 3

What is BadBox?

BadBox is the container that holds faeces inside the toilet for Container-Based Sanitation services. Current containers are often products that are readily available in the local market. Such generic containers have a number of problems around: safety, usability, and economic viability. BadBox is a biodigestable container made out of dense cardboard and bioplastics. BadBox can be unfolded at the point-of-use, sealed when full, transported in a safe and modular manner, and added directly to the composting processes. BadBox keeps end users as well as delivery personnel safe and healthy. BadBox is made from waste plant material, utilising further biological waste. BadBox production will create jobs, while helping waste service providers to scale profitably.


What is Container-based Sanitation?

In informal settlements, where municipal sanitation does not exist, residents often use unhygienic and unsafe communal pit latrines, paying a small fee for every use. One solution is Container-Based Sanitation services, where users rent a toilet from the service provider in their homes. A container within the toilet holds the faeces and is replaced weekly, then transported to a central processing site where the faeces is processed into compost, fertiliser, fuel, or biogas. At equivalent or lower prices to a communal latrine, users have a clean, safe, user-friendly private toilet.

Some Container-based sanitation providers worth checking out are:



BadBox Awarded Social Impact Award


BadBox is privileged to have been awarded the Social Impact Award. Benefits of the Social Impact Award are:

  • Up to CHF 3’000 seed funding
  • Professional mentoring
  • A nmembership over summer at Impact Hub Zürich

Developing BadBox

Rapidly iterating box concepts to quickly generate a talking point and research probe.



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BadBox through to 2nd round of the Social Impact Award


Stoked to be through to the next round. Just submitted my mini business plan for judging. Check out more details about other winners and the awards ceremony here.

BadBox – Social Impact Award Entry


BadBox – Multisystem Hazardous Waste Collection Product

BadBox is a box for the collection and transportation of hazardous biological waste such as decomposing food scraps, used menstrual products and human faeces. BadBox keeps end users and delivery personal safe and healthy. BadBox is made from waste plant material, utilising further biological waste. BadBox production will create jobs, while helping waste service providers to scale profitably.

Check out the rest of the details here