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P-Tree Urinal: A Natural Solution to an “Urgent” Problem

Posted By Andrew Michler On May 25, 2010 @ 4:30 pm In Water Issues | 7 Comments

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Dutch designer Sam van Veluw [2] has developed a new way to answer the call of nature at outdoor events and venues. After a long search for a public restroom at a music concert one evening, he came up with the concept of strapping a waterless urinal onto a tree. These would be simple to install and can relieve the pressure on porta-potties [3] (we had to use the pun) at public events. Its practical application may be questionable, but it is a refreshing approach to what can be a pressing problem.

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Although at first glance this concept does not seem to be fair for women’s needs, the good news is that the P-Tree can reduce the queue at the porta-pottie. The inventor suggests that it can be hooked up to a central sewer system, but an onsite infiltration system would be a great way to safely dispose of the liquid and nourish the trees with nitrogen at the same time! This would reduce the chemical and waste processing [5] involved at public events. As for using the P-Tree at your next happening – we suggest looking into your local indecent exposure laws [6] first.

+ Madebysam [7]

Via Notcot [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/25/p-tree-urinal-a-natural-solution-to-an-urgent-problem/new-1-9/

[2] Sam van Veluw: http://www.madebysam.nl/#114087/Contact

[3] pressure on porta-potties: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=118731

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/25/p-tree-urinal-a-natural-solution-to-an-urgent-problem/photo_jan_ronald_crans/

[5] waste processing: http://inhabitat.com/poo-power/

[6] indecent exposure laws: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indecent_exposure

[7] + Madebysam: http://www.madebysam.nl/

[8] Notcot: http://www.notcot.org/

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