The concept of minimalism has taken the world by storm, so it comes as no surprise that more people are turning to tiny homes. PanGoPod offers South Africans an off-the-grid, sustainable, eco-friendly, mobile home. Established by the Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI), PanGoPod has created their off-the-grid homes in response to the many people who want to reduce their footprint on the planet. PanGoPod explains their inspiration behind the concept in a statement on their website, “We drew inspiration from the ground pangolins, an animal that can roll up in a defensive ball, protected by keratin scales. Beyond this remarkable defensive ploy, pangolins are also mobile and go just about anywhere. Hence…the pangolin pod, the go-anywhere pod — the PanGoPod.'”
Each pod is green, eco-friendly; each runs off solar power, utilizes water from rainwater harvesting tanks, and contains a water-free composting toilet. Called the ‘Eco-throne’, the dry composting toilet uses a funnel that diverts urine out to the grey water, where it’s diluted and drained into the yard. The lower area is an open space with a full kitchen, sleeper couch, and dining nook. The tiny home is powered by solar energy, equipped with a washing machine, and LED lights and fans. The PanGoPods can be customized to order to each owner’s specific needs. It can also be towed with a large 4×4 vehicle.