Banka BioLoo

Banka BioLoo Limited

The Banka BioLoo combines toilets with anaerobic digesters to contain and process fecal waste.

Product description Brand name and product description

Banka BioLoo provides environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions for sanitation. The manufacturer specializes in human waste management, using bio-digester technology patented and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) (a government agency). The BioLoo disposes of human waste in a low-cost, and low-maintenance manner, utilizing anaerobic digestion, with bacteria activated in cow dung. This set of bacteria “eat away” human waste, leaving biogas that can be made into for fuel and water that can be reused for gardening. The company’s offerings include bio-toilets (or BioLoos) for families, public and community bio-toilets and bio-toilets for schools and institutions, bio-tanks for Indian Railways, bio-digesters (the bacterial culture) and bio-tanks, and upgrade of septic tanks to bio-tanks. They also service bio-toilets, and have entered into annual maintenance and operations contracts with different Railway zones.

The BioLoo can also be upgraded with additional fees. With this, they can add pumps, glossy paint, tiles, mirrors, and water tanks.Interview with designer

Toilet type: flush toilet, biodigester

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)
Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"
Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Basic model for the system is $700. With upgrades, the price can rise to $1500.Interview with designer

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Alternatives include pit latrines or open defection.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

The Banka BioLoo targets low-income populations in India that don’t have access to fecal waste management solutions in-home. They also target organizations and companies that sponsor the BioLoo by becoming customers, such as India’s national railway company.Interview with designer

The target market for this sector includes schools, villages, small communities, resorts,  and industrial factories.

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