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Thursday, April 12, 2012

How Your Poop Can Save the Planet

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

click to enlarge Saving the planet one bowel movement at a time
  • Saving the planet one bowel movement at a time

We've given you much to consider in the days about human feces and how it's managed in San Francisco. But here's something else you might posit: Would you wipe your mouth on a paper napkin that's been recycled from used toilet paper?

C'mon, aren't you an environmentalist?

Well, now you'll know for sure just how far you are willing to go to save the planet. Applied Clean Tech, an Israeli environmental company, is taking soiled, poopy toilet paper from the water treatment plants, cleaning it, sterilizing it, and pressing it into a clean piece of paper ready for you to write your next love letter. The company uses matter that is at least 60 percent cellulose to

maintain enough elasticity to convert the matter into a new solid


According to Gizmodo, the result looks much

like particle board, and could support up to 10 percent of

the world's paper needs while reducing the amount of sludge waste

reaching landfills by 75 percent.

"We've actually discovered a new source of paper," Rafael Aharon, founder and CEO of ACT told TreeHugger. "A real good source if you collect it from the point we do, the point before the biological processes of the wastewater treatment plant destroy it."

The company is negotiating with North American municipalities for soiled toilet paper to process, and plans to expand its products beyond envelopes to other packaging, including for foodstuffs.

Somehow, this could justify the city's $833K toilet paper bill

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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