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Rose George | Going to the Sulabh

SPADE, BLACK, DUNG, HORSE It drips on her head most days, says Champaben, but in the monsoon season it’s worse. In rain, worms multiply. Every day, nonetheless, she gets up and walks to her owners’ house, and there she picks up their excrement with her bare hands or a piece of tin, scrapes it into a basket, puts the basket on her head or shoulders, and carries it to the nearest waste dump. She has […]

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We are all Peepoople | The solution is in the bag!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. Forty out of every one hundred people in the world do not have their own toilet. Without toilets, individuals and their environment are at risk from contamination of fresh water and ground water because human feces contain infectious and often deadly pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, worms and parasites. Lack of sanitation is […]

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Ten things you can do for World Toilet Day

If you’re reading this and you have a toilet, you are luckier than the 2.5 billion people on this planet who lack access to improved sanitation. More than 1 billion people still face the indignity of defecating in the open (some people say more than double that), and women and girls risk being assaulted while going to the toilet. Every year on November 19, UN World Toilet Day is a […]

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You don’t know shit | An interview with Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins literally wrote the book on humanure—The Humanure Handbook—a 255-page guide to composting human manure, including building your own toilet and turning your own excrements into rich, crumbly brown humus for your garden. Originally published in 1995 and now in its third edition, The Humanure Handbook has sold more than 55,000 copies in the US alone, with translations in whole or in part in sixteen languages. The second edition, […]

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