Tuesday: Technology for Green Communities

Dearest Poopers, First off, thanks so much to all those who made it out to Dixon Place for the work-in-progress premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World. Ironically, I was quite artistically constipated in the weeks leading up to the premiere, and then filled page after page with text in the days just before the show. It was a little messy in the end, but what do you expect from crappy art? Looking forward to future revisions and a finished piece in the new year.

I also enjoyed my first radio interview this past Monday with Danny Valdes of Radio Provacateur. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen in HERE.

It was fun to be the one answering questions, but now I'm looking forward to heading back into the moderator's chair this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 for the penultimate panel in the Fall Speaker Series with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, "Technology for Green Communities."

Join me for presentations and a panel discussion with special guests:

Michael Heimbinder, creator of HabitatMap, an online mapping and social networking platform that connects citizens to their communities.

Shai Lauros, helping New York City's buildings go green with sustainable building methods and materials as Executive Director of GreenHomeNYC.

Gennaro Brooks-Church from Eco Brooklyn, a full service design and building firm creating Brownstones with zero waste, zero new materials, and zero energy to run.

Inger Staggs Yancey from Brooklyn Greenroof, using thirsty plants to and high-tech soil containers to transform city roofs into ecological mega-machines.

Tuesday, October 25 6:30-8:30pm Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Click here for directions.)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Tinkle, Tinkle Little Star

Dearest Poopers, I am so looking forward to tabling at The NEW New York Block Party this Saturday, Oct. 1 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But even more exciting are the FREE giveaways we'll be featuring to help you green your home from your bottom up!

Drumroll please...

Bum Boosa Bamboo toilet paper is one bathroom product your behind can get behind! When toilet paper first came out in the 1860s, it was a total flop. The very idea that people should use a clean, new product reserved specifically for wiping their butts just to dispose of it immediately after was completely foreign to a population used to cleaning themselves with the Sears Catalogue. Seriously. (You can read about that and see many fascinating vintage TP advertisements at the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum.) Still, the idea that we should be cutting down fresh, virgin trees for the same purpose--especially those from the Canadian Boreal Forest, as Kimberly-Clark did until Greenpeace stopped them in 2009--is just as ludicrous. Unfortunately, it's the only way to get the long fibers that make that lusciously soft toilet paper Americans crave.

In those terms, recycled toilet paper is a MUCH better option. However, recycled toilet paper contains all paper types, including thermal papers like receipts, which are loaded with Bisphenol A (or BPA), a known carcinogen, estrogen mimic, and endocrine disruptor. Thus, using recycled toilet paper puts these chemicals directly onto your tender derriere and, when flushed, ushers them into the water system--just one of the many chemicals and pharmaceuticals currently in our drinking stream according to this US Government Accountability Office report (PDF). To quote the Dresden University study (PDF) that first made this issue known:

“Toilet paper was shown to being an important source of xenoestrogen emissions to wastewater. Thermal paper again is estimated being a major source for the contamination of recycled paper with BPA. Thermal paper represents a very small portion of the entire paper production but due to its extremely high BPA content it certainly mainly causes BPA input into the paper cycle...”

Let's file that under bad news. The good news? Bum Boosa bamboo toilet paper!! Unlike traditional paper trees, bamboo grows 2-3 feet each day, and can be harvested sustainably to make all sorts of paper products, including the toilet papers, baby wipes and other environmentally friendly personal products made by Bum Boosa. Interested? See their website to buy online or find a retail location near you, OR stop by our booth at the block party tomorrow and you just might win a squeezably soft, sustainable roll of your own!

Now, I've often written about the amazing fertilizing powers of urine (see The Puru Pees in His Plants), and as a male, it's easy for me to get urine into my watering can. Less so, I'm afraid, for women and trans men. Until now!

Introducing, The pStlye!!

Ever been camping, on a long car trip, faced with sitting on a nasty port-a-pottie seat, or simply wanted to pee standing up? The pStyle is a discreet, reusable funnel that tells women and trans men, "Urine Charge!" with a powerful pee-pee tool. Made by the same mastermind as the reusable menstrual solution, The Diva Cup, the pStyle is incredibly easy to use--and fun!  Just unzip, pull aside your underwear, and maneuver the widest part of the pStyle directly under your urethra. Tilt down and watch the water flow, feeding the plants and flowers with the nitrogen they need to thrive. (Note that you will actually want to dilute your urine with water, especially for home use, as too much nitrogen will burn their tender buds. See Carol Steinfeld's Liquid Gold for complete information.)

Wanna know more? Visit the POOP table at The NEW New York Block Party where we'll be raffling off 2 pStyles, browse the pStyle website for complete usage instructions, or watch their charming promo video below.

(The pStyle presented by afriska.ch from Franziska Neuhaus on Vimeo.)

Till then, may you all tinkle like little stars and enjoy peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Green Your Home from the Bottom Up!

Dearest Poopers, Thanks so much to all those who made it out this past week for our POOP Project events; they're always poopy, but never crappy! We fed our metropolitan minds on the topic of urban farming last Tuesday with visionary ideas from Inger Staggs YanceyAnnie Novak, Dr. Dickson Despommier and surprise guest Alec Baxt in a panel conversation with the Visitor's Center at Newtown Creek. Then Saturday night we ranted, raved and exorcised the demons of shameful shitting at the VENT Performance Festival. And look! I even got my name printed on the wall like a fancy artist!! Mama would be so proud...if only it wasn't about poop.

But it is about poop. It always is.

And it gives me great pleasure to know that this Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11am-5pm, I'll be helping people green their homes from their bottoms up! The POOP Project will be holding court at GreenHomeNYC's NEW New York Block Party, a revolutionary reinterpretation of the traditional street fair that will transform one city block into an urban classroom and bring practical, environmentally-friendly ideas straight to your doorstep. That is, if you happen to live on North 11th Street between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, because that's where the event is. Otherwise, I invite you to make that block your temporary doorstep for the day!.

But wait--there's more!

People often say to me: "Puru! I love you. You know so much about poop! Do you want to get married?" And I say, "No. Anyway, not to you." To which they say, "Ouch! Oh, wait. I'm over it! Still, oh great Puru, how can I put some of your wise environmental principles into practice with my very own potty?"

In answer to this query, it brings me even greater pleasure to know that this Saturday I'll be bringing you two--count them--1, 2 ways to put your money where my mouth is. The POOP Project has partnered with two companies that excite me so much I just might tinkle! Which is exactly what they'd want me to do.

So, what are these mystery organizations? It's a mystery!!! That will be revealed over the next few days.

Till then, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

A Poo-pular Time

Dearest Poopers, The next few weeks bring you a few chances to get a load of The POOP Project.

THE POOP

1. Sat, Sept. 10 from 1-6pm: Come play "Toss the Turd" at the 9th Annual West Side County Fair!

2. Thurs, Sept. 15 from 7:30-10pm: The POOP Project is in a group show with Club Make and Do!

3. Help send us to The NEW New York Block Party, Sat, Oct. 1st!

4. SAVE THE DATE! Wed, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm for the premiere of my new one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place!

THE SCOOP

1.

Enjoy a little country in Manhattan with live performances, carnival rides, a petting zoo and more at Summer on the Hudson’s 9th Annual West Side County Fair, a park-wide event on Saturday, September 10, from 1-6pm. Stop by The POOP Project's table to try your hand at Toss the Turd. If you can get three faux-ces into the composting toilet, you can win our prize: A PRUNE! Click the link above for more info and full band lineup.

Riverside Park South is located on the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd Streets with entrances at 59th, 68th, 72nd Streets

2.

 

An evening of video art, music, performance and wine brought to you by Club Make and Do* members Danielle Abrams, Jane Cramer, Zhenesse Heinemann, Glenn Marla, Robert Pearre, Shawn Shafner and Franny Silverman.

Thurs, Sept. 15, 7:30-10:00. The Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street in NYC. $5-10 sliding scale, refreshments will be served. See it on Facebook.

*c(mad) is a dynamic collective of artists working in different mediums who commune weekly to share, dialogue and support each other's practice.

 

3.

 

As of this moment, GreenHomeNYC has already raised $910 to bring five amazing, eco-conscious organizations including The POOP Project to The NEW New York block party, Oct. 1. That means we only need to raise $192 more! And I bet you've got a few nickels clinking around somewhere... Donate to the ioby campaign today, enjoy a lifetime of good karma. It's just that easy!

 

 

4.

SAVE THE DATE! Wed, Oct. 19 at 7:30 pm for the premiere of my new one-man show, Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at Dixon Place! We will be talking about poop, baking cupcakes, and washing away the dirty stains of shame. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Looking forward to seeing you soon, and wishing you peaceful pooping until then.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner