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Toilets Can Be Beautiful

Circular & Sustainable Design

At Point of Shift, we envision a greener world where all bio-waste is valued and utilized in Circular systems through beautifully designed, sustainable toilets.

 

We assist clients through each stage of the design and implementation process, including the vision, goals, treatment options, permitting, and funding.

 

We love to talk toilets, so get in touch and let’s get started!

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An Example

In September of 2021, Point of Shift built the first circular toilet at Stonehedge Gardens, an eco-village and wellness hub in Tamaqua, Pennslyvania. The waste from this toilet (food scraps, feces, urine, and menstrual blood) is composted for 6 months before being vermicomposted (enriched by worms) to create dark, nutrient-rich soil for the eco-village’s gardens.

What is
Circular
Sanitation?

Circular sanitation is a process of treating human waste with other bio-waste (food scraps, agricultural waste, etc.) and converting it into compost, water, and energy. It strengthens cities, communities, and businesses by providing local, renewable resources that increase as populations grow and businesses scale.

From Toilet

To Treatment

We Make

Compost

Water

Energy

Recycling excrement may sound unconventional and unhygienic, but it is increasingly being recognised as an important step in circular sanitation and economy – a process of treating and converting waste into a usable product.

 

“This topic is super-hot right now,” says Kelsey McWilliams, founder and managing director of Point of Shift, a Philadelphia-based company that designs circular sanitation systems. “People are realising that what we’re doing is unsustainable, so there’s a lot more interest in circular sanitation, specifically in the US, but other places too.”

 

When done correctly, it is a more holistic and sustainable way of dealing with the worldwide human waste problem. Because the stinky truth is that our planet indeed suffers from a human poo overload.

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‘Why It’s Time To Talk About Poo’
By Lina Zeldovich | 8/31/2022

Our Services

Sustainable Solutions

It can be overwhelming to understand all your options with circular sanitation, but it doesn’t have to be! We work with you to identify, understand, and implement the best sustainable toilet solutions for your needs.

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Bathroom Design

Do you care about style as much as substance? Do you want your toilet to be an A-framed harmonic throne? Built inside a whimsical retro bus? Inspired by Wizards? Rest assured, we’ve done it all. Let’s create the bathroom of your dreams!

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Guides & Resources

Are you determined to design & build your own toilet, but need a few pointers? We offer carefully crafted documents on the science of circular sanitation and how to build different composting toilets on land and in vehicles!

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Our Writings

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Sewers and the Circular Economy

February 2, 2022
We like to explain how sanitation systems work and why they matter – simply. Something…

Sanitation: A Component of Building More Resilient Systems?

May 5, 2020
As India enters its sixth week of lockdown, I have been fortunate to be tucked…

How Toilets May Be A Contender To Save Our Planet

October 2, 2019
Based on our location, level of privilege and gender, our thoughts while using the toilet…

A Circular World

Circular sanitation systems come in all shapes & sizes and are found throughout the world! Point of Shift is currently building a map of circular systems in the Americas, so check out the map below to find one in your community.

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Kelsey McWilliams

Founder & Managing Director

Kelsey founded Point of Shift in 2020 to address a gap between technologists and consumers in the Circular sanitation market. Her career as an environmental engineer, sanitation project manager, and business technology consultant over the past seven years has included designing innovative Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) systems for agriculture and developing tools to help businesses assess the feasibility of Circular sanitation technologies.