In last week’s blog, we began to focus on a more global look at what’s happening to improve sanitation and better facilities around the world where not everyone has the luxury of a private, or clean public, toilet. Importantly this coincides with ‘World Toilet Day‘ which is tomorrow Tuesday 19th November 2019. Just to give you an idea of the proportions we’re talking about here are a few stats:
+ 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines. [un.org]
+ At least 892 million people continue to practice open defecation.[un.org]
+ More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. [un.org]
+ 1 in 3 people don’t use improved sanitation (a facility that safely separates human waste from human contact). [unicef]
World Sanitation Factsheet
The above are just a few of the challenges that are being addressed by individuals and organisations worldwide. ‘World Toilet Day’ was founded by Jack Sim [aka Mr. Toilet] back in 2011 and as mentioned in last week’s blog, he’s created such a movement (pun intended) that his work is not documented in a movie that’s just been released about him and his work, Mr Toilet: The World’s #2 Man
Apart from the UN, WHO and Unicef, the problem has the attention of; The Bill Gates Foundation, Unilever, WaterAid, EcoLoo, CleanIndia to name but a few. As described in the following article, the opportunity exists for an approach that makes it possible for businesses to do well – while doing good. Interestingly, major toilet manufacturers worldwide could join in and help educate and invest in this very idea themselves. The following article is from Nov 2018 ‘Tech Disruption Comes to Global Sanitation.‘
Finally, this week’s line up of fun & facts in the scoop on the poop…
- G&P – Gin and Poop… a tipple for those who like Kopi Luwak Weasel poop coffee I guess?
- John Hamburger (his real name!) How toilet paper is a recession indicator, amongst other things.
- There’s an enormous poop coming to New York – step inside it – not on it!
- Yet another plug not for the sink, but for Mr. Toilet, the mild-mannered pooper hero… Pooperman the Movie!
Next week we’ll look at the latest in eco friendly toilet paper and also a few pointers on poop and your health in ‘The Daily Poo!’.