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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

First Day Working at Impact Hub Zurich

Today is the first day working at Impact Hub Zurich. Big tables, lots of light and a collaborative atmosphere are making for a productive day. Sexy Salad was excellent as always. Impact Hub Zurich is both a great co-working space and a center for social enterprise! There will be many unforeseen opportunities working in this space will bring!

Working at the Impact Hub Zurich

Impact Hub Zurich

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.


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.



CAM00725  CAM00719

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.

Stanford Publishes Container-based Sanitation Pilot

Container-based sanitation (CBS) – in which wastes are captured in sealable containers that are then transported to treatment facilities – is an alternative sanitation option in urban areas where on-site sanitation and sewerage are infeasible. This paper presents the results of a pilot household CBS service in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

Source & Full Paper:


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


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