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My favourite innovation is the peepoo bag. I know a lot of other agents have written about this one but I hope I have something to add.

Where I live the most common sanitation device for humans is the water closet. This means people pee and poo into a toilet then flush it with mains water. This probably seems totally crazy to folk who struggle every day of their lives to get enough water to drink to stay alive, and even then it's not clean water.

So I want to explore ways to get folks in the developed world where I live not to pee and poo into drinkable water! What would people actually use? I wonder if these peepoo bags could catch on. Maybe in another year of two it will be common for eco-conscious types to use these for sanitation, drop them in the compost bin on the way out of the door? Can you imagine it happening?

I wonder if it seems like a bad idea to buy these for folk in the developed world to use. Are we taking the resources which are already scarce away from the people who need them most? Maybe not. Images of how people live in the most resource-guzzling fashion are beamed all over the world via TV and the internet. If images of fine folk in the developed world using or talking about these products get spread around, maybe it gets easier for all kinds of folk to use them. It will also raise awareness - perhaps developed-world eco-conscious folk would tend to buy a lot to donate at the same time as ordering their own supplies?

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 4, 2010 at 10:14am
I think for developed areas working on changing legislation to make composting toilets more common might be more practical-- but in the Czech Republic -- and lots of European countries-- it's common to have country cottages-- often little more than shacks-- on a small plot of garden land. Very few of these have plumbing and usually people build outhouses. This sounds like it might be an excellent alternative for families to use while staying at their cottages.


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