The minimLET offers a way to handle waste needs in the wake of a major disaster

Sparked by the renewed interest in disaster recovery in the wake of two major earthquakes in Japan, design firm Nendo created a portable toilet designed to be used in disaster situations. When disaster strikes, necessities like food and water are limited if they exist at all, and your focus is on surviving and communicating with loved ones. Resources and manpower are stretched to the most critical priorities, making the semblance of normalcy seem impossible to achieve.

It may seem like something as simple, or more likely taken for granted, as relieving yourself doesn't need a solution in these scenarios, but the minimLET solves a problem that few should ever have to experience.

“A major problem for people living in the evacuation shelters was not only that the transport network was paralyzed, food was in short supply and electricity, gas and water supply infrastructures were disrupted, but also that there was a lack of toilets,” Nendo explains on its website.

Most of the minimLET pieces are made from items that can be scrounged from disaster areas or provided by emergency services. There's a compact assembly of parts that come with a shoulder bag: a C-shaped seat, pole, nylon cloth, tissue and plastic bags. The seat can be propped up using cans or water bottles and the cloth can be used as a covering for added privacy.

Nendo minimLET

Sparked by the renewed interest in disaster recovery in the wake of two major earthquakes in Japan, design firm Nendo created a portable toilet designed to be used in disaster situations. When disaster strikes, necessities like food and water are limited if they exist at all, and your focus is on surviving and communicating with loved ones. Resources and manpower are stretched to the most critical priorities, making the semblance of normalcy seem impossible to achieve.

It may seem like something as simple, or more likely taken for granted, as relieving yourself doesn't need a solution in these scenarios, but the minimLET solves a problem that few should ever have to experience.