Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The year in pee and poop

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

You probably grew tired of the year- and decade-in-review coverage last week, but there's one more compendium you should check out before you entirely check out, particularly if you're a greenie.

Treehugger has compiled a "Best and Worst of 2009: The Year (and Decade) in Review" story, which includes the year in climate politics, food fights, green cars, water, Glenn Beck and my personal favorite: pee and poop.

Far from the sophomoric slide show you might expect, featured content looks at innovative efforts to use human waste in an environmental and enriching way. For instance, Swedish researchers have apparently developed a method for making powdered fertilizer from urine that could "one day meet one fifth of the country's fertilizer needs." Another pick looks at the horrendous amount of deforestation related to our society's demand for thick toilet paper from virgin paper stock.

A few things you can do to help: Buy TP from recycled paper stock (widely available locally), pee on your compost pile (don't blame me if your neighbor calls the cops), and install a composting toilet (if you've got the extra money).

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