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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Peepoo Bag

Okay, seriously, applied science is just awesome. Awesome!!!

Ever heard of a Flying Toilet? If you haven't, you're lucky and probably live places with indoor plumbing. I LOVE indoor plumbing. I love my toilet. It's reason number 2 (on a very long list) of why I love living now instead of in the past. Anyway, a "flying toilet" is when someone poops or pees in a plastic baggy and chucks it, hopefully as far away as possible. If you don't have access to a proper toilet (or even a latrine), then it's what is done. Trouble is, in an urban setting, bags of waste pile up, leak, stink, and outbreaks of disease follow.

So some really freaking smart Swedish folks figured out a way to deal with what people were doing and make it positive rather than negative. The Peepoo bag is the result. It's coated with Urea which processes the waste. A month later, you have a nice bag of fertilizer instead of hazardous waste. You've just transformed a huge problem into an asset. How cool is that? It's really really really cool!


  • At first I thought, "so how are you going to get homeless people to use it regularly?", but after reading the article, it makes tons of sense for people in 3rd world countries that have no reliable toilet system. A book I read on world poverty says that cutting down on disease would be a major stride against poverty, since subsistence farmers don't get sick days or have access to a clinic, so days that they are sick are days that they can not work on their farm and feed their kids or make money.

    He gave the example of mosquito nets being an example of a simple measure that would pay itself back in terms of productivity regained. This seems like much the same thing.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 2:55 PM  

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