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Going Green...With Poop

Updated on October 22, 2011

Twitterers Give Us The Scoop on Eco Friendly Poop

Becoming globally conscious (socially and environmentally) involves a lot of poop. Yep. Poop.

Worldwide, millions die from illnesses caused by unclean water (caused by lacking sewerage systems). In Africa, millions starve who could not grow food because of the lack of fertile soil. In Latin America and North America millions of trees are taken from our forests so that people can use the preferred fluffy toilet paper. More than 21 billion disposable diapers are send to landfills each year in the US alone. In Sri Lanka elephants are being killed because they have no use to the local farmers who find them a nuisance, while their dung could be an alternate income source for those farmers, and help spare their lives.

Imagine what we could accomplish if we were more responsible with our poop, and more innovative with the poop of all animals. Perhaps we could improve the current state world hunger, health, sanitation, animal rights, water quality, deforestation, renewable fuel, and more.

Poop at the Zoo: The Bronx Zoo's New Eco Restroom

Why do we flush our poop with perfectly good drinking water and then spend money, energy, time and effort separating the two again? (often unsuccessfully)

Photo by Antarctica Bound used under CC 2.0
Photo by Antarctica Bound used under CC 2.0

Penguin Poop Spotted From Outer Space

We have a lot to learn from poop! Researchers recently found ten colonies of Empire penguins in Antarctica that they previously undiscovered. They did this by accidentally spotting the poop stains on the ice visible in satellite images. Since the penguins stay in one location for eight months of the year, the ice there can get pretty dirty...and by dirty I mean poop covered.

National Graphic: Penguin Poop Seen From Space

So a glimpse at some poop can help researchers learn more about the Empire penguin and to help protect them.

Photo by Antarctica Bound used under CC 2.0

The Big Necessity - The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Produced behind closed doors, disposed of discreetly, hidden by euphemism, excrement is rarely out in the open in 'civilized' society, but the world of waste - and the people who deal with it, work with it and in it - is a rich one. This book takes us underground to the sewers of Paris and London and overground, to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement, the Japanese genius at the cutting edge of toilet technology, and the bio-solids lobbying team. With a journalist's nose for a story, and a campaigner's desire for change, Rose George also addresses the politics of this under-reported social and environmental effluent, and the consequences of our reluctance to talk about it. Witty, serious and original, "The Big Necessity" proves that excrement doesn't have to be - and shouldn't be - a dirty word.

 

50 Things to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

While we may not be able to reduce the poop, we can learn to reuse and recycle it.

One man's poop is another man's alternative energy source.

Elephant Poo Paper

Elephant dung can be turned into paper! The fiberous nature of elephant dung makes it ideal for paper production and some companies, such as elephanddungpaper.com are using the profits from the sales of such paper to help elephant conservation efforts. It's a win-win!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Great lens. I heard how eco-scientists are recycling human waste in Haiti - it is absolutely composted to kill all harmful bacteria and creates excellent compost for growing food. Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Teenysdaddy1981 5 years ago

      Wow!! I now know more about poop than I ever dreamed I would. Thank you?!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your poop article definitely intrigued me. So much of our waste is a problem to dispose of but I had not thought of our poop as being that big of a waste product. (Visioning poop in elephant terms though sort of brings it all into perspective.) Interesting topic.

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We were at the Toronto Zoo last weeks and they had Elephant Poo Paper in the gift shop. Looks amazing.

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      turnerbass 6 years ago

      great lens. you can now even make paper with poop. http://www.squidoo.com/learn-about-elephant-dung-p...

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting lens on eco poop. Nice use of the twitterlist format.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Simple easy way to reuse water: you've almost certainly got a few house plants, garden, or some grass, right? When disposing of ice cubes, NEVER put them down the drain; put them near a plant and let them melt. (Not right on plant -- don't freeze them!) Also, when you wash vegetables or do any sort of kitchen washing without soap, catch the water in a large bowl set in the sink and dump it in the garden. When you boil eggs in water, pour THAT in the garden. The key is, any time you wind up with water that's not contaminated by salt, soap, or other bad-stuff-for-plants, give it to your plants.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      This is interesting and something I had not thought of.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Great job! Featured lens returned to What Can You Do With Elephant Poo?

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      tcinvestor 8 years ago

      Now this is good stuff. Nice Kab.

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      there are dung bunnies for the garden. :)

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Very interesting tweets you've found. Thanks for sharing. 5*s

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      SquidAngel Blessings! ~ Colleen :o)

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Great info, thanks for sharing it. Lensrolled to www.squidoo.com/EnviroKids

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very informative and well done! You've chosen some excellent tweets on the subject; what TwttrList is all about!

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Back in 1967 I bought a newspaper in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. Probably The Oracle... and read an article that recommended the same thing. Basically an organic gardener stated he added his to his garden compost. If everyone contributed there would be lots more usable dirt.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What an interesting twittrlist, for sure!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I certainly know and understand the many uses of our poop. I think it is less used simply because it's not exactly something anyone wants to deal with all that much. Its versatility aside, it would just be a stink of a job.lol.