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Friday, November 14, 2008
Toilets & Sanitation

Taking Sanitation Seriously

CNN has an article about an issue that we know all too well about: the lack of proper sanitation in the world for over 2.6 billion people.

“The number of people worldwide without access to a toilet — no public restroom, no outhouse, no latrine, no smallest room — is a whopping 2.6 billion. That’s four out of ten people.

According to the World Toilet Organization, 2.2 million people, predominantly children, die every year from diarrhea — more than from malaria, from AIDS, from TB. That number dwarfs any casualties related to violent conflict.”


As you can see the issue is quite serious and needs immediate attention. The article does mention eco-sanitation, like our Envirolet® composting toilet systems, as a solution. Hopefully governments will begin to take this problem seriously.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Ban the Flush

Donate to charity: water

Did you know that more than 1.1 billion people in the world today don’t have the most basic thing: clean water to drink. Sadly, over 4,500 kids die each and every day from water-related disease.

To do his part, our friend & colleague Graham Hill (the founder of one of our favourite web sites, Treehugger) is using his birthday to support an organization called charity: water that has been making a real difference by contributing to their September campaign to bring clean and safe drinking water to the people of Ethiopia.

He has asked his friends that in lieu of birthday gifts to donate instead. 100% of the money raised will go directly to building freshwater wells, which will be proved with GPS coordinates and photos on Google Earth.

Well, you can help too! For more information or to donate visit his page:

http://www.charitywater.org/birthdays/fundraiser/sept/view/249

Please pass this page off to your friends as well.



Monday, October 1, 2007
Ban the Flush

Facing Drought? We Have the Solution.

BUZZ WORD Facing drought in California, solutions are needed. From Yahoo! News:

“For half a century the saltwater lake had slaked the thirst of the urban sprawl of several million that is Los Angeles and its surrounding area, with tributaries flowing into the lake diverted towards the city.

The result of decades of plundering Mono Lake’s water supply were devastating. A key island in the center of the lake became a peninsula as water levels receded, exposing nesting grounds of gulls to hungry coyotes and forcing the birds to leave.”




Thursday, August 2, 2007
Ban the Flush

Ban the Flush with Flushie!

Yet another reason to Ban the Flush! and use a waterless composting toilet system.

The good people at HealthyRivers.org have a great little video starring Flushie that warns of the dangers of sending raw sewage into our water!

Via Treehugger via HealthyRivers.org.



Monday, June 11, 2007
Water

World Water Shortages

Nathan posted on Greenthinkers a short video written and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio that highlights the grim situation of water shortage around the world.

Worth watching.



Friday, June 8, 2007
Installations

Envirolet DC12 in the Clean Hub

We are proud to announce that an Envirolet DC12 composting toilet system is part of the Clean Hub, an environment-friendly pre-fab structure that will provide needed shelter and sanitation to people in developing areas or in emergency situations.

The Clean Hub is a project developed by Shelter Architecture in Minnesota and later designed and built as a prototype by University of Minnesota College of Design students.

Shelter Architecture writes that “as part of our commitment to social equity on a global level, we are continuously evolving the idea of a small scale, self contained ecosystem. The Hub is designed to provide clean water, sanitation facilities, electricity, and agriculture to remote, refugee, and slum settlements.”

The Clean Hub


How you can help:
If you are an American Express card holder, please take a moment to vote for the Clean Hub entry in The Members Project. The top entry in receives $5 million in funding to extend the project.

More photos coming soon.



Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Composting Toilets

Composting Toilets on National Geographic

National Geographic discusses composting toilets in this short video clip. Great to see compost toilets discussed and promoted like this!



The style and comfort of our new Envirolet VF will definately help bring composting toilets to the mainstream!

Via compostingtoilet.org.



Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Buzz Word

10 Questions with The Sietch Blog

BUZZ WORD I was recently interviewed by The Sietch Blog about Envirolet Composting Toilets (of course!). You can read it here.



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