Brit undergrads: Pee in the shower to save the planet

Brit undergrads: Pee in the shower to save the planet

[Ed. – So that‘s where the Silly Gene in our DNA comes from.]

You know the slogans. You also know you’ve done it before. Pee in the shower, that is. Now, according to a new student campaign at a university in England, that timesaving habit also makes you a bit of an environmentalist. So, go on, multitask—save the planet.

That’s the idea behind the “Go with the Flow” campaign at the University of East Anglia that, as the BBC delicately describes it, urges “the university’s 15,000 students to take their first wee of the day while having their morning shower.” The shower-cum-loo initiative is the work of two of the university’s students, Debs Torr and Chris Dobson. …

Mr Dobson said: “We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact. With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over. …

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“The campaign has been really divisive – people either seem to love it or hate it,” added Mr Dobson. “We’re trying to challenge conventional behaviour, to start a debate on a resource that we largely take for granted.”

[W]hat of potential health risks?  “As long as the water is flowing there is no hygiene risk as urine is sterile but we would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part,” Dobson told the BBC.

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