Cooler Solutions' 'Dignity Toilet' Wins International Design Competition by Providing Sanitation for Those in Need

    Sustainable green product design granted the International HIDO
    (Humanitarian International Design Organization) Design Award

    TORONTO, and GOLFE JUAN, France, Nov. 27 /CNW/ -- Today, Cooler
Solutions, a product design firm specializing in sustainable and health
product innovations and HIDO, the Humanitarian International Design
Organization, announced that Cooler Solutions has received the HIDO
International Design Award.  The Award was granted for their ground-breaking
'Dignity Toilet', a portable sanitation solution ideal for refugee camps and
developing countries. Cooler Solutions developed this unique design as a part
of their focus on sustainable product solutions.  Images of the product can be
found at
    The dignity toilet is a solid waste storage and disposal system for
locations where a sanitation infrastructure does not exist.  It addresses the
issues of sanitation compliance, health and personal dignity.  The Dignity
Toilet provides sanitary storage for solid waste for four people for
approximately 7-10 days.  After that period, the toilet is removed from its
dock and taken to a controlled area.  It's then manually augered into the soil
where it evacuates its contents, mixes the waste with soil and buries it in
the ground for decomposition.
    "As designers we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to use our
experience to assist the hundreds of millions of people who live without basic
sanitation. It is especially relevant at this time of year as we celebrate and
give thanks for everything that we have, that we think about how we can make a
meaningful contribution to all the families who are struggling to simply
live," said Terence Woodside, Partner, Cooler Solutions. "We're honored that
this new Dignity Toilet design was awarded the International HIDO Design award
and hope that this product innovation will be a help to control the spread of
disease and contamination caused by unsafe sanitary practices."
    "We believe that the solution offered by Cooler Solutions can create a
chain reaction," said Alexandra Fraraccio, HIDO.  "It will not only tackle the
lack of sanitary facilities in developing countries, but at the same time
improve hygiene and decrease diseases caused by faeces lingering in many of
the world's slums and infecting drinkable water. This solution could be THE
step forward to a healthier and more dignified life."
    Cooler Solutions Inc.
    Cooler Solutions is a product design company focused on providing
innovative sustainable and health product solutions. Cooler increases profit
and market share for companies though product innovation by offering a unique
blend of award-winning design, engineering, research capabilities and business
expertise. For more information, visit
    Believing in the value of design, the Humanitarian International Design
Organisation (HIDO) aims to improve the lives of people who are lacking basic
needs and vital information in order to be able to make the right decisions in
life. Based on long-term solutions, the non-profit organisation provides
information and/or a product through development, relief and campaigning to
achieve these objectives. To achieve this goal, volunteer designers from all
disciplines all over the world are asked to generate new ideas for people in
need, taking into consideration local cultures, habits and materials.  For
more information, visit
    COOLER Solutions is a registered trademark of COOLER Solutions, Inc. 2007

For further information:

For further information: Kathy Van Buskirk of Signal Rock
Communications,  +1-720-771-7651,; or Canada,
Carol-Ann Granatstein,  +1-416-301-4042,,, both for  Cooler Solutions Web Site:        

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