September 2, 2016

Tippy Taps

A ‘tippytap’ is an ingenious way to wash your hands that’s perfect for use in remote rainforest areas. You only need a few basic materials and it uses minimal water. As it’s operated by a foot lever, there’s less chance of transferring germs.

Keeping hands clean is the simplest way to stop the spread of disease.

There’s no doubt that the tippytap is a genius bit of kit. But that’s just it – a piece of kit, and it’s no good if we can’t get more people to use it. Here’s Adelaida Bustamante to show you how it works:

With your help, Cool Earth will invest in training more practitioners like Adelaida to help other households build tippy taps, and educate people about hand-washing with soap.

It only costs a few dollars for the materials to make a tippytap. And we think it’s money well spent.

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  • Siobhan says:

    What is the policy on collection tanks for the communities?
    Does the tippy tap have a collection spout?
    Has the reintroduction of the stone wall irrigation systems happened yet?
    It is brilliant way the ancestors built and we all would benefit from the development of this old world technique in our new age slow down.

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