Toilet Week 2021: All that glitters is gold - the great potential of "liquid gold"

19.11.2021 08:00

We rely on it daily, several times a day. Discreet and reliable, it helps us maintain our hygiene standards. A life without it would be unimaginable and it’s about time we thank it for its tireless service to humanity.

We concur: Thank you toilet, you're amazing!

In fact, we may forget that having a quiet place to do your business is certainly not commonplace everywhere which means many people have to give up the luxury of having their own toilet. That's why we want to give toilets the attention they deserve and take a peek behind the behind the scenes of this natural everyday occurrence that is the use of toilets.

Psst! What’s valuable & gold? Our pee!

Drinking clean water is one of the basic requirements to keep our body in tact, so it’s not surprise that we produce a large amount of urine in our lifetime – this is estimated to be about 0.8 to 1.5 liters a day.

“I just need to pee quickly”, “I have to pee” or “I need a wee” – may cross our lips from time to time. Far more than the subject of bowel movements, but even so our liquid gold is still a pretty taboo topic. Maybe because of its distinctive odour? Fresh urine smells slightly like broth, but after a while as bacteria get to work, it takes on a rather intense ammonia odour.

We may turn up our nose but really it’s some of the world’s most valuable liquid. Even a fetus spends its first few months in its own urine. In fact, it’s one of the most underrated miracle cures and can be used as medicine, an energy source, a raw material and fertiliser.

Please rinse once: the great miracle of urine

Urine is 95% water. When we consume liquid, it enters our blood through the intestines. The kidneys filter our blood about three hundred times a day. In the process, substances that the body no longer needs accumulate in the renal pelvis.
These are washed out by excess fluid and land in the (balloon-like) bladder. The urine now contains urea (approx. 20 grams per day), uric acid, protein, sugar, hormones, vitamins, enzymes, fragrances and many other metabolic by-products.

Seeing is believing: what your urine reveals about you

When it comes to your urine, your diet and lifestyle are key factors. What do you eat, how much do you drink, are you healthy in general?
Healthcare professionals can determine many things based on your urine: the health of your kidneys, infections, sugar levels and liver health.

Uroscopy is one of the oldest medical examinations of all time. In ancient times and in the Middle Ages, it was one of the most important diagnostic tools. Bodily fluids were relied upon to provide information about diseases and the diagnosis was made based on the color, cloudiness, smell and even taste.


Every drop is precious: urine as a remedy

During the First World War, urine was even used to clean wounds. In naturopathy urine is still used to treat illnesses to this day. It can be used externally or internally and is said to help with skin inflammation and a weak immune system.

Nowadays, most of these treatment do raise an eyebrows. Possibly because it now takes a lot of effort to face your own urine. Yet (surprise!), a large amount of products, for example sleeping pills and cosmetics, contain urea.

In the animal kingdom, species make the most of their own urine (and faeces). As such, scent is used for marking paths, territories, sending out alarm signals and even finding a mate.

Now it’s our turn! How we too can use urine properly? Fertilize!

There are many reasons we advocate for separating urine. One of the most important is that it enables us to use what we have left behind (our urine) as a biological fertiliser and in turn, close the (natural) loop.

Great gardeners may already be familiar with the “liquid gold” because it contains many powerful ingredients like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and a lot of nitrogen, that help plants grow. This is no coincidence. Since the beginning of time open fields have been “fertilised” with animal droppings. So we say, all natural!

Try it! We recommend that you dilute the urine though. Depending on the type of plant, an 8 to 20 ratio is about right. Then simply pour the liquid on the floor, but be careful not to let it touch leaves as it can cause burn marks on the exterior when exposed to sunlight.

Potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins and roses flourish with the powerful “golden” support and in autumn, hedges and lawns do too. Leftovers can be dumped on the compost with a clear conscience because the ingredients enrich it with nutrients and accelerate the decomposing process. We recommend, though, that in the case of plants that contain nitrates, for example lettuce and spinach, you avoid fertilising with urine.

In general, the urine that is used should be clear of any traces of drugs as this may damage the soil.

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Phosphorus: Everyone needs it, but no one has it - except us!

It sounds like we’ve had too much wine at this point, but hang tight as we explain!

Phosphorus can be found in almost every fertiliser. It is mined primarily in Morocco, China, Algeria, Syria and South Africa. It is used to fertilise grain fields at scale in order to generate food for livestock at a faster rate.

But there is a problem: in 75 to 200 years, the world's phosphorus resources will be exhausted.

So, it is with good reason that we should try recycle the phosphorus contained in our urine. On a small scale, this can work with a dry separating toilet because the urine can be used as a fertiliser for your own vegetables.

So there you have it, the beginning of a little pee revolution.

Save the pee!

You can start today with your very own separation toilet. Let's close the loop together and work towards a future in which we don't waste our resources, but use them instead!

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