Around the World Sanergy-Style: Innovating Fresh Life’s Product
When asked why he supports our work, Drew Lyman said, ”I wanted Lyman-Morse to support Sanergy and Mike’s project because it presented an opportunity to directly assist the development of a systematic approach to sanitation, waste management, and community development. It’s great to have an indirect connection to places like Kenya and in a sense live vicariously through the project. Hearing about the lifestyles and people that Mike has had the opportunity to work with, pulls up old memories of my family’s travels in Africa (a place I love). I also know Mike and his family, having grown up a couple of blocks away from each other, so it’s always great to support a friend and neighbor.”
A fifteen minute drive north of Thomaston in Camden, Maine Tim Marchetti of CNC Routing & Design has applied his talents in computer aided drafting for houses, kayaks, mandolins, and bamboo fly fishing rods to help Mike create wooden patterns that, with the help of Lyman Morse’s fiberglass expertise, become molds for the various parts of the toilet, some plastic and some concrete. Tim’s problem solving skills have been especially helpful in producing the intricate details featured throughout Mike’s designs.
Moving from design to production, Mike has cris-crossed the US and found support in kayak manufacturer Eddyline Kayaks, located in Burlington, Washington. Eddyline’s owner, Tom Derrer spent two eight-hour days with Mike, helping Mike iron out details in the thermoforming process that will allow Sanergy to quickly and affordably build the new Fresh Life Toilet squat plate. Tom enjoys helping small start-ups like Sanergy work through initial prototyping and short-run production. The proprietary design was an interesting challenge for Tom, but nothing he couldn’t work through.
Janicki Industries, which builds high-tech composite patterns, molds, and parts for the aeronautics industry, and Fast Passage, a maker of fiberglass sea-kayaks, in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, are friends we met through The Gates Foundation. They have also contributed to Sanergy’s product development by training Mike and Sanergy co-founder Nathan Cooke in composites production processes.
When we walk through Mukuru and Makadara and see the impact that our Fresh Life Toilets are having on the community, we know that people all over the world are helping to make our work possible. Thank you.