Happy #RandomActsOfKindnessDay | Welcome back and thanks for following our posts. It’s been a busy few weeks working on the third children’s book on our toilets and poo series for kids, as well as progressing with the patents we have to help people go to the loo more easily. As and when we are able to share more on this you will be the first to know! Meanwhile, let’s look back at the week’s best articles and stories on the world of poo and no. 2s… This week we go deeper on the question of wash or wipe, the environmental impact and the why’s and wherefores!
On that happy note, let’s put all these articles behind us. We look forward to publishing the next edition of ‘The Daily Poo!’ same time next week. Random act of kindness? Don’t leave anyone an empty toilet roll – replace it! 🙂
With pretty huge price tags, these latest techy toilets may have all the bells and whistles you could imagine, but what about adding features that actually aid your personal health, posture and hygiene.
Back to the drawing board? Manufacturers should be aware that it’s not always just about ‘the bottom line’ it’s about our bottoms… pelvic floors, hernias, haemorrhoids, and hearts etc. ie peoples health and wellbeing? Oh, and while we’re on these expensive thrones, how about considering some of those profits going towards the likes of the World Toilet Organisation to help the 25%+ of the population who have no access to basic sanitation? – Just thought we oughta get to the bottom of this 🙂
In last week’s edition of ‘The Daily Poo!’ we mentioned the global problems that remain a major issue for the people they impact, ie the sanitation and hygiene (or lack of it) in many areas of the world, along with lack of access to clean water or any water at all. There are many statistics bandied around, which can be somewhat confusing and blur the distinction between the various issues that need addressing, so let’s try and unravel the stats and give you a clearer picture on what’s really happening out there.
Key organisations in working to resolve the above problems include; The World Toilet Organisation set up by a guy called Jack Sim on November 19 2001 [also, World Toilet Day]. This is aligned to the United Nations who work closely with Jack on their sustainable development goals along with efforts to end open defecation. The World Health Organisation [WHO], UNICEF and The Bill Gates Foundation are other major influences, and the list is growing, as this rather ‘taboo’ subject dramatically affects both people, and the environment around the globe.
The World Population was approx. 7.6 billion as at end of 2018 according to data from The World Bank, which aligns with the figure given by the United Nations. You can read the country by country split on the above link.
2 billion people still have no access to basic sanitation such as toilets or latrines, that’s around 25% of the world population! Of these, 673 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. [WHO]
Inadequate sanitation means that around 827,000 deaths annually from people in low and middle-income countries as a result of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene each year. Poor sanitation also contributes to malnutrition. [WHO]
More than 80 per cent of wastewater (resulting from human activities) is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. [UN]
At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. [UN]
According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, sanitation rated as “safe for people” increased by only three percent worldwide over the last five years.
Globally,26% of health care facilities did not have basic water services in 2016. [WASH]
All of this data simply touches the surface on a problem that many of us neither experience, nor read much about. It is something that needs to be urgently addressed and the likes of Jack Sim and The World Toilet Organisation getting greater attention, media coverage and support.
Finally let’s end on a brief round up of other news from the world of loos and no. 2s from ‘The Daily Poo!‘ So, here are a few links to the most recent articles:
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]
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…
There’s a fundamental difference about the way people go to the loo, primarily (as a generalisation) in the west we sit, and in the east they squat.
In itself the correct posture is quite a matter for debate, after all humanity was designed to squat. Then way back in the days of the Sumerians, sitting suddenly became a new option, adopted by the Romans and carried through to the present day. But, where was the research and science to back up the supposition that sitting was a good option, when squatting had always been the natural position by design. Today, a vast amount of the population (who are fortunate, or not, to have such facilities) are still squatting. Meanwhile sitting continues to be adopted farther afield, and toilet manufacturers keep inventing more devices to enhance the experience. That’s what we’re highlighting in ‘The Daily Poo!’ today… Toilet tech and a few other articles on what’s happening behind those closed doors.
Next week we’ll look at charities and organisations that aim to aid poorer countries as the World Health Organisation reports, 74% of the world’s population (5.5 billion people) used at least a basic sanitation service. 2.0 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. So heading back to our first article that’s what Bill Gates and others are on a mission to change. Another amazing man is also on the same mission, Jack Sim aka Mr. Toilet who founded World Toilet Day which takes place on November 19th this year. He’s also just released his first movie documentary, which we hope will be shown in the UK anytime soon…. Mr Toilet: The World’s #2 Man