How Activated Carbon is Providing Clean Water in Developing Countries

While the developed world takes access to clean, safe water for granted, developing countries are not so lucky. According to a January 2015 article on Wired.com, a shocking 2.5 billion people, or 40% of the global population, lack adequate sanitation. Roughly half of all hospital patients in the developing world are suffering from illnesses related to sanitation, and 1.5 million children die from food or waterborne diseases each year. Fortunately, new research is constantly underway in the global effort to…

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Giant Composter Will Turn the Deceased Into Soil-Building Material

Aside from cremations, the current burial practices in the modern funeral industry are fraught with environmental issues (and even cremations require a large energy input). Not only does a burial plot take up space, virtually forever, in the physical realm, but the materials in the caskets are designed to last for a long, long, time, so the resources to make them are also tied up under the ground, basically forever. According to the Urban Death Project, “The annual tally of…

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Coachella Gets Tree-Free Toilet Paper Made from Bamboo and Sugarcane

Music lovers attending the Coachella Music and Arts Festival will be able to go to the toilet, without any eco-guilt, thanks to the work of a sustainable paper products company, whose bamboo- and sugarcane-based toilet paper is 100% tree-free. For one of our most common ‘disposable’ items, toilet paper, we still rely on a slow-growing resource – trees – and every day, the equivalent of 27,000 trees get flushed down the toilet, adding up to about 10 million trees every…

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Solar Powered Toilet Makes Biochar from Human Waste

A new type of solar-powered, waterless toilet that creates biochar from human waste could be a game-changing sanitation solution, providing a self-contained safe and sanitary toilet facility and producing a valuable agricultural resource. Those of us living in the developed world don’t often realize how good we’ve got it, and how many everyday items we take for granted, such as a sanitary toilet and running water, are not available for many people around the globe. For instance, some 2.5 billion…

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