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POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

Last year, the Bill Gates Foundation ploughed US $1.5 million into the first fecal sludge to bio diesel conversion plant in Accra, Ghana. The plant, which is run by Colombia University professor Kartik

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Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

With the ability to be transformed into furniture, signage, displays and more, Ecor is an amazing moldable material made from recycled cardboard, old newsprint, and a variety of fibers, including those

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TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

TOILET BIKE NEO: Crazy Poop-Powered Motorcycle to Travel Across Japan!

In just under a week, the toilet bike will begin a 100% biogas-fueled journey from Kyushu to Tokyo, making press stops to answer questions by inevitably bewildered spectators. Toilet Bike Neo’s commode

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Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google Invests in the Power of Pig Poop

Google just announced that it has been carbon neutral since 2007, and the internet giant also recently unveiled plans to invest in pig poop as a form of renewable energy. Working in collaboration with

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Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

  Giant Pandas are well-loved for their distinctive appearance and sedentary nature. Now they will receive even greater adoration and attention for their bowel-based contribution to the

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Arizona Ski Resort to Make Snow From Human Waste

Arizona Ski Resort to Make Snow From Human Waste

We love hitting the slopes: the fresh air, the high speeds, the great outdoors - it's fantastic. However, we're not sure if we'd enjoy it as much if we knew that if we were to crash, we would be lying

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6 Incredible Green Projects That Put Poop to Good Use!

6 Incredible Green Projects That Put Poop to Good Use!

From energy-generating toilets to poop-powered vehicles, there's a wealth of innovative eco-friendly projects out there that transform human waste into a valuable resource. Read on for a look at some of

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Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

While those of you who read Inhabitat on a regular basis are probably very familiar with the many powers of poo, it's equally important that we recognize the less discussed, but equally beneficial,

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POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces

Some hardcore carnivores have a hard time finding meat alternatives such as soy protein or tofu burgers to be palatable. But non-meat eaters may lose their appetite along with their carnivorous friends

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Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Orlando Turns Poop into Profit with Lucrative Sewage to Fuel Project

Brooklyn has found a way to turn farts into fuel, and now Orlando, Florida is following suit. Partnering with several private industry partners, Orlando city officials think they have mastered the

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Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Right now, 8% of the world's oil is used to make plastics -- and oil has to be extracted from the belly of the earth using extremely energy and cost-intensive processes. At the same time, the world's

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Packaging the Future: Poop Paper is Some Useful Shit!

Packaging the Future: Poop Paper is Some Useful Shit!

When I mention paper made from elephant poo (or dung, if you prefer), most people get a horrified look on their faces. (If you've already heard of the paper, what was YOUR first reaction?) Everything from

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Towa Watering Can Turns Urine Into Plant Fertilizer

Towa Watering Can Turns Urine Into Plant Fertilizer

When it comes to gardening, the thought of using organic fertilizers that are free from harsh chemicals seems... well, natural! But did you know that urine is a fantastic source for natural nitrogen-rich

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POO POWER: 200 Homes In UK Heated By Human Waste

POO POWER: 200 Homes In UK Heated By Human Waste

Over 200 homes in Didcot, UK are now being heated with human waste! Before you lose your lunch, allow us to explain that the waste is highly purified at a nearby sewage station and converted into an

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PARK SPARK: Public Park Converts Dog Poo to Energy

PARK SPARK: Public Park Converts Dog Poo to Energy

A new project in Cambridge, MA dubbed the “Park Spark” has dogs powering the street lights in their own dog parks. Designed by Matthew Mazzotta, a visual artist with a degree from MIT, the

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PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine

James Gilpin has Type 1 Diabetes -- his pancreas doesn't work, forcing him to take shots of insulin to process glucose from food. Gilpin got to thinking about elderly patients with diabetes, like his

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Poo-Powered VW Bug Hits British Streets

Poo-Powered VW Bug Hits British Streets

POO POWER! GENeco, a waste treatment company in Bristol, UK set out to prove that bio-gas could be a reliable alternative transportation fuel, so they imported special equipment to help process their

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Stanford Scientists Transform Raw Sewage Into Eco Rocket Fuel

Stanford Scientists Transform Raw Sewage Into Eco Rocket Fuel

Photo by Brian Cantwell Here's a pretty elaborate way to process sewage waste: Stanford researchers propose using anaerobic bacteria to break it down, producing nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Then, use

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Nanotechnology Makes Poop Power 20 Times More Efficient

Nanotechnology Makes Poop Power 20 Times More Efficient

Engineers at Oregon State University have their minds in the gutter. They're working on getting more energy from sewage, and they've made a discovery that boosts electricity production substantially. By

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First Self-Sustaining Biomass Bot Eats, Excretes, Runs for a Week

First Self-Sustaining Biomass Bot Eats, Excretes, Runs for a Week

The premise of any science fiction movie worth its salt is robots operating without human supervision for long stretches of time. (Those pesky robots do get into trouble, don't they?) Researchers at the

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Sewage Sludge Biodiesel Costs Just 10¢ a Gallon More Than Petrol

Sewage Sludge Biodiesel Costs Just 10¢ a Gallon More Than Petrol

Photo courtesy American Chemical Society The key difference between biofuels that are truly green and those that aren't is the source material: is it genuinely waste, or is it something like food or

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Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers

Photo credit: Skinnyde Tech giants like Google, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have been considering everything from wave to solar power to keep their massive data centers running, but did you know that

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler -- a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly

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First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas

First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas

The nation's first commuter train using a cleaner renewable biodiesel fuel blend launched yesterday as Amtrak's Heartland Flyer chugged from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Texas on a blend of

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UK Prepares to Use Human Poop to Power Homes

UK Prepares to Use Human Poop to Power Homes

We talk about poop all the time -- pig poop, cow poop and chicken poop -- so why not start talking about our own? This stinky taboo might be keeping us from a great energy source. Scientists in the UK are

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POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

Pig manure: it's good for more than just smelling up pig pens. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Innoventor have figured out a way to make crude oil out of the pungent stuff -- and one day,

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L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

Poop and perfumes are not two words that normally go together, so we were surprised to find that L'Oreal truly embraces this association. At one of their factories in Libramont, Belgium, the company has

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Oslo Buses to run on Poo Power!

Rather than let all their sewage go to waste, the city of Oslo recently announced that it plans to cut carbon emissions by converting 80 public buses to run on biomethane generated from raw sewage. These

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Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower

Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower

Currently pending construction in Singapore, the EDITT Tower will be a paragon of “Ecological Design In The Tropics”. Designed by TR Hamzah & Yeang and sponsored by the National University

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Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Here at Inhabitat we love to see innovative reuses for organic waste, and so we're perpetually fascinated by the potential of poo to be used as a renewable source of energy. Last week Dutch agriculture

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