GARV toilet

Mayank Midha

“Smart” and portable public toilets.

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Product description Brand name and product description

Garv Toilets are free-to-use public toilets designed to be robust and self-sustainable in terms of energy usage and waste disposal and maintenance, with smart technologies such as sensors and radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) integrated into them. A video introducing the Garv toilet can be found here.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

India, Bhutan, Nigera, Ghana. The main target markets are densely populated low-income communities. Installations have already been done in India and Bhutan and Environment ministries in Nigeria and Ghana have shown interest in the Garv toilet. Garv regards West Africa as a possible market for future investment.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

GARV produces and sells the product. As of 2017, Garv has targeted the public sphere and hence municipalities are the investors who have implemented the toilets in their communities.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.


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

The biggest challenge for the GARV may be cultural preference for open defecation. Competitors include smart toilets in Japan with the same or more advanced technology but they are targeted towards high-income households. Examples of toilets for the same client base are “Dr Bhindeshwar Pathak’s Eco-friendly Two Pit, Pour-Flush Compost Toilet”.

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)

Individuals in densely populated low-income communities in the global south, primarily India and Africa.

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