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Meet the Brixton inventor who’s creating power from poo!

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Meet the Brixton inventor who’s creating power from poo!

When Virginia Gardiner came up with the idea of a waterless lavatory that turns waste into energy, she sought to create a product that ??rethinks a basic part of life’ -something she feels we take for granted but should improve. “Toilets are about much more than a product,” she says. “They are about systems, biology, culture, religion – now we have a great team who are all experts in various aspects of this really broad and interesting field.”

In 2008 when Loowatt was birthed

Virginia was at the tail end of her master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering at London’s Royal College of Art.

Fast forward seven years later, Loowatt has evolved tremendously winning multiple awards and has graced the fields of several major festivals and national trade shows across the UK, as well as our very own TEDxBrixton stage where Virginia revealed how her waterless toilets turns human waste into energy. “When we built the first system in Madagascar, we made bio gas tea to share with the community. On the other side of the wall was a toilet which produced the energy to make the tea. So this is real.”

A huge TEDxBrixton supporter

Virginia also speaks highly of Simon Parkes who graced our stages in 2014 with his talk ??How I bought the Brixton Academy for £1’ “I’m a big fan of Simon Parkes – his talk and also his book, Live at the Brixton Academy, which is a lot of fun and full of great lessons for entrepreneurs.”

When asked about what advice she’d give to entrepreneurs, she sums it up in three simple points: “work with a great team, believe in what you do and don’t stress!!”

The down-to-earth Brixton local and her multi-national team have an office based in Brixton and a team in Madagascar who are currently rolling out a ??waste-to-value’ urban sanitation pilot system with 100 household toilets in the city’s capital, Antananarivo.

Of her experience setting up shop in Brixton, she was surprisingly met with very little challenges and says the South London residency still offers a very ??neighbouring feeling’. “Brixton is a great place to set up an office and we recommend it to all our friends. We also love bringing people to visit our workshops and conferences.”

Virginia has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success pioneering her eco-friendly toilet in her home town having provided toilets for the Eco-Zone at the Lambeth Country Show this year.

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And though the company is still in its infancy, Loowatt boasts huge potential to bring in more business in to the area creating even more diversity and variety to the synthesis of Brixton. “I’m pretty sure we’re the only waterless toilet company in Brixton. As we grow as a company, we’d like to continue bringing people and jobs into the area, and finding ways to collaborate and share ideas with other local businesses,” she concludes.

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