Waterless Toilets

In the world concern to keep water clean and harvest it as much as possible, some specialists in the area of water harvesting have actually advocated the simple non-pollution through the use of composting toilets.

In Mexico City this year, Scandinavian and German environmentalists that have been working in West Africa with composting toilets took their toilets to the World Water Forum to show how they separate number one and number two intodifferent compartments to thus be used after proper sanitization without the use of expensive chemical treatments or water.

Cecilia Ruben is an environmentalist for the Stockholm Environmental Institute in Scandinavia and while at the fair this year demonstrated how with the proper following of guidelines in using their waterless toilets, people can achieve a useful agricultural product between 2 and 6 months time depending on the climate.

Linus Dogerskog was another environmentalist at the fair this year whos passion for composting toilets is so great that he sees it as the future and even plans on making one for his own home.

While composting toilets may not be something that everyone is happy about, they really are starting to make an impression on the world community, and so much in fact that some experts on sanitation even advise against the use of composting toilets, regarding them as Green Imperialismsuch as Iain Murray the Senior Fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute located in Washington DC.

Historically speaking, Murray does have a point about human fecal material being dangerous, but the question of composting toilets is one that seems to be coming back every time the issue of sustainable agriculture comes popping up, again and again.Can a civilization be sustainable if they continue to poison valuable H2O with excrement that could easily be transformed into humus with just a little thermophilic composting?

While the fecophobics argue about the dangers, activists like Cecilia Ruben and Linus Dogerskog are really showing how composting toilets are safe and have been in the testing for years. According to Dogerskog, people in the world can now see human excrement as a resource to be reused rather than left to pollute otherwise, clean, fresh and even drinkable water.

Dogerskog has even shown how countries like china have already gone to scale on the production of their composting toilets they have constructed one million units” he says. While other parts of the world like West Africa(where Dogerskog himself has personally helped introduce a pilot project), are just now, beginning to go to large scale production.

Composting toilets like the ones shown this year at the World Water Forum in Mexico City are definitely proving to be an option in underdeveloped countries. With the whole logic of non-polluting in the first place and instead recycling human organic byproducts into a useful and potentially sustainable agricultural system, the developing world will be able to avoid the mistakes made in the past by those already developed.


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