If you want to read about untrustworthy, sell-out politicians you have come to the wrong place. This is a look at the politics of actually pissing. Namely, where you should do it and why.
Thomas Crapper is credited with popularising the flush toilet in the second half of the 19th century. His toilets were a major hit because when attached to the newly constructed sewers they flushed sewage out of the cities and with it the associated bad smells and maladies.
Today, nearly everyone insists on using a flushable ‘Crapper’ for all of their daily business. This carries with it an oceanic water footprint. Is it time to take a fresh look at our use of Crapper’s Valveless Waste Preventer?
There are 3 key strategies we can employ to reduce our flush impact:
- When its yellow let it mellow
- The Shower Piss
- The Nature Piss
1. When it’s yellow let it mellow…
…When it’s brown flush it down. Hitting the flush lever releases about 6 litres of water, with old style, single flush, toilets using up to 13 litres of water in one flush. Toilets use about 30% of the total water used in a household. The water going down the loo is the same quality as the water that comes out the tap. This means that every time you flush the loo, the water you use has to be purified and pumped round again, all of which takes energy.
If you are fairly well hydrated and things aren’t too toxic why not let it mellow? You save a tonne of water and then when you finally do flush it seems really worth it…a more rewarding flush!
2. The Shower Piss
Why pee in the loo, flush, then move to the shower, for more flushing? This can all be done in one place (the shower) saving water. No, it’s not dirty… its all going down the plug hole followed by soap and water… easy!
3. The Nature Piss
If you are blessed with access to a garden you have the option of going au naturel. This isn’t so much an eco strategy as just good living. Peeing outside has so many environmental, wellbeing and community benefits it is hard to know where to begin. A short summary list is below but there is so much more to say about this:
- Our pee is biologically active. Peeing on a compost heap or dry patch of soil jump-starts life processes, helping your garden kick it. It is not a good idea to pee in the same place repeatedly as it will build up. However, if your garden is big enough, you can do a grand rotation, communing with, and nurturing, your leafy friends in the process. If you have a compost heap, just focus you efforts there.
- When you pee, metabolic waste, created by cellular processes, flies out to rejoin the rest of the universe. Peeing in your garden puts atoms that were in your body into the bodies of the plants that you share your garden with. This intimately connects you to other organisms, a reminder that you are more than an individual creature; you are an integral part of the planetary life-process called Gaia; 4 billion years old, and nowhere near done.
- It’s a good conversation starter with your neighbours.
- Is anything better on a party night to leave the noise inside, walk out into the night, look up at the starry sky and connect with the cosmos?
- You save water, good for the biosphere and saves you money.
- Industrial agriculture systematically erodes nutrients from the countryside as tonnes of organic matter is trucked into cities. Our faeces which, if we were living ‘naturally’ would return to the soil, is then treated in sewage works and removed from the fields. Peeing in your garden is one thing you can do to keep some nutrients in the land.
- Girls, don’t insist the nature piss isn’t for you… it is a wonderful pleasure we all can enjoy!