Lori Zimmer

6 Incredible Green Projects That Put Poop to Good Use!

by , 07/10/11

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 our favorite poop-a-rific green projects!

MITSUYUKI IKEDA’S POOP BURGER

THE POO-POWERED BIO BUG

POO POWERED DATA CENTERS

THE LOOWATT

THE ECOFAE BUILDING BRICK

NATURAL VAT OF CRAP TO PRODUCE GAS FOR CA

THE SPARK POO-POWERED PARK

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THE LOOWATT

Many developing countries do not have toilets or even proper sewage disposal systems, which can lead to the spread of bacteria and water-born illnesses. With these issues in mind, designer Virginia Gardiner created a solution to both problems, called the LooWatt. The eco-commode is itself made from poop – it has been molded from 90% horse dung, with a biodegradable lining. Aside from creating a sanitary place to sit and think, when the LooWatt is full, the waste can be turned into energy with the aid of a biodigestor, bringing sanitation and an energy source to underdeveloped countries.

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MITSUYUKI IKEDA’S POOP BURGER

Poop fuel, poop toilets, poop bricks – how about poop meat? Scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda at the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama has developed what has been nicknamed the “poop burger.” Created by extracting protein and lipids from “sewage mud” (human poop), the elements are whipped into “meat” in an exploder, then mixed with savory ingredients like soya and steak sauce. Meat eaters and vegetarians alike may recoil, but the faux meat was created with the goal of reducing carbon emissions in mind, as the meatpacking industry contributes 18% of greenhouse gas worldwide.

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5 Comments

  1. mandaaa July 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    well i want me a poop burger !!! ill be eating &* pooping the SAME thing, like in that episode of southpark, “the human centipad” mmmmm pudding

  2. Kavitha July 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    It’s too bad that elephant dung used to make hand made paper was not included. A group known as Haathi Chaap. See link
    http://elephantpoopaper.com/index.html

    in the case of poop burger- not a great idea. I believe it’s a universal reaction, not just a western culture response to even contemplate eating human excrement- however processed. Not a good idea – ever.

  3. David true creativity July 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    some advice for poop-burger man
    1- change name to ecobio-feed
    2- use food for animal feed, not humans. e.g. chicken feed
    the real challenge is how to get real meat to be easily absorbed by the body (mince-meat?)

  4. Mr Michael Tucker July 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Poop-burgers cross the line from being environmentally responsible to just plain gross.

  5. aperkins01096 aperkins01096 July 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The last slide gives a new meaning to “eat s*** and dye.” …

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