This past December, I moved into an old three-story house with five other people. All of us were interested in a slightly alternative living situation, and this grand Victorian manor with a meditation room and backyard--smack in the middle of Brooklyn--definitely fit the bill.
We set an intention to collaborate on a living space that was environmentally conscious and actively progressive. We banned paper towels and hung reusable shoulder bags by the door. We built a bin for compost, and started planting in the spring. The kitchen's now filled with home-brewed kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. And closest to my heart, we don't flush when we pee.
When people ask me what they can do to get involved with The Poop Project, I often tell them to follow the advice of former California Governor Jerry Brown. He promoted water conservation in the '70s with the phrase: "If it's yellow, let it mellow." Upon which his enemies finished the phrase: "If it's Brown, flush it down."
I wish there was more we could do right now to put our "waste" to work, but composting toilets are not practical for most, nor is going toilet-paper free (stay tuned for more on that...). And then this book came in the mail.
Of course! LIQUID GOLD!
I leafed through the slim book, and left it on the kitchen table. It wasn't long before Rex, my housemate, came to me with watering can in hand, asking for a contribution. I was proud to do my part, spurred on by the amazing results Carol Steinfeld shows in her book. We're talking seriously mean greens, no Miracle-Gro needed.
Not only that, but it just so happens that tomorrow, June 21, is Pee-On-Earth Day, bringing joy and celebration to Peecyclers everywhere! Don't neglect your plants from getting the golden shower they so desperately deserve. There's never been a better time to urinate all over nature, while nourishing it at the same time!
Still, progressive as we are, I don't know whether we're going to start collecting our household urine on a regular basis. Another housemate was a little grossed-out about what had just been in the watering can. But for those with the means and the desire, let me know if it starts working for you. As soon as Rex finds the best way to capture her own pee, I'll let you know how it's going for us.