Pee and poop is not just a reason for toilet humor. In fact human waste can be deadly serious. In 2011, there were a lot of stories on how we might answer nature's call a little differently. Here are our favorites.
Over the last few weeks I have tried to pull all of the disparate ideas for the bathroom together and come up with a functional and practical set of ideas. Here is a summary of them all, in one bathroom that you can't
From the humanure approach of pooping in a bucket to the rough-and-ready "tree bog" composting toilet, I've posted plenty of low tech DIY options for dealing with human waste. But my fellow TreeHugger writers, to their credit, have
Whether it's humanure composting in urban Oakland, or safer sanitation with humanure in Haiti, there are many advocates of humanure systems and other forms of composting toilets around the world. Yet every time the topic
I took some serious abuse in comments when I wrote Gates Foundation Throwing $42 Million Into The Toilet, questioning whether we needed a high-tech toilet solution. Commenters wrote: "This article is a disgrace and a sham." Niels Peter Flint, who I
From worm composting to building a DIY compost tumbler, TreeHugger is not short on information on different methods of composting. But how does each method stack up against the other? That was the question that inspired a
I've mused before about one composting no-no—whether or not you can compost dirty diapers. And over at Planet Green, Colleen once listed 75 things you can compost but thought you couldn't. But there is one thing that is
As festival season rolls on, many party goers will have been putting up with the ordeal of smelly, chemical-laden and often disgustingly soiled portable toilets. But it doesn't have to be that way. Roskilde's p-trees
We have noted before that we are near Peak Phosphorus. Fred Pearce writes at Environment360 that it is A Critical Resource
Misused and Now Running Low. It is also, like oil, sourced in countries that are
The idea of urine separation to ward off peak fertilizer is not exactly new. But while some of us get to pee on our garden mulch, or urinate on our compost heaps, infrastructure for large-scale urine collection in an
When I wrote about garden mulch as composting toilet, it drew complaints from one disgruntled reader and compost-toilet geek who noted that this was really a composting urinal, not toilet. He was, of course, right.
From peeing in public to plush and fragrant composting toilets, there was a time when I was writing an awful lot about pee and poop. It's been a while since I visited this important topic, but as I was going through my morning
Water and sewage piping are the arteries and veins of our cities, requiring huge investment in infrastructure and maintenance. But have the technology both to collect and clean rainwater, and deal with human waste
The shocking photo above is of gigantic piles of human feces left in the open air at a dump in Haiti. While some in the "developed world" (I always hated that term), may turn their noses up when we recommend composting toilets