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From potty to potash
Peepoo is a single-use, self-sanitising, biodegradable toilet bag. Thanks to its urea-based biochemical technology, the bag prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area and then can eventually turn into valuable fertilizer.
Why it matters
Up to 50% of deaths in emergency and refugee camps are linked to a lack of basic sanitation and contaminated water from human excrements. While 40% of the world’s population lack access to even the simplest toilet, this seems like an amazing temporary solution. But can the Peepoo become more than a temporary problem-solver?
The latest buzz in the world of Parisian fashion is new concept store Merci. The store is located over three floors in a stylish warehouse-come-loft apartment and sells vintage and the previous season’s clothing along with jewellery and furniture. Goods are donated by brands, designers and celebrities, with all profits going to a children’s charity in Madagascar. Merci is being heralded as the first ‘luxury’ charity shop.
A brothel in Berlin is offering discounts for “going green”. In a bid to stave off falling demand in the current economic climate, the brothel will give clients a “green” discount if they take public transit or ride a bike when they next use their services.