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JSTOR: A History of Human Waste As Fertilizers

In eighteenth-century Japan, human waste served a critical role in local agricultural production says JSTOR Daily. Their question in the recent article on sanitation history: can similar solutions help manage waste today? In the 1700s, Japanese community members saw human waste as a valuable substance for their crops and a viable tool for soil restoration and food security. It was so esteemed that landlords actually owned the rights to it and stealing the waste was a punishable crime! At this moment in history, the valorization of waste in the country put Japan’s sanitation miles ahead of European countries facing public health and hygiene ...

Webinar: SOIL Talks Climate Connections with ILSR

Last week, SOIL’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Dr. Sasha Kramer presented on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Compost Climate Connections series webinar. Sasha discussed the role compost plays in mitigating climate change, how ecological sanitation systems work, and the benefits of a circular economy approach to sanitation in Haiti. Long-time SOIL research partner Dr. Rebecca Ryals joined the webinar and shared the results from her recently published paper that analyzes the climate benefits of SOIL’s ecological sanitation services. If you weren’t able to watch, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has made the video available ...

Video: Sasha Kramer Talks Sustainable Sanitation with IWA

SOIL Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sasha Kramer recently presented on SOIL's work and alternatives to water-based sewage at the first IWA-IDB Innovation Conference on Sustainable Use of Water 2019 in Ecuador. Watch the video see what Sasha had to say about why it's important to think outside the sewer. Sustainable alternatives to water-based sewage from IWA on Vimeo. Support SOIL SOIL depends on individual donations from people like you to fund our work in Haiti. Please consider supporting SOIL today. Other Recent SOIL Coverage VIDEOS Want to keep watching? Scroll through below to see other videos about SOIL's ...

Blavity: Combatting the Legacy of Environmental Racism in Haiti

Photo Credit: Vic Hinterlang Far too often discussions about environmental degradation and the global climate crisis miss the mark when it comes to the legacy of colonialism and racism. Though Haiti's geographical location and topological features certainly increase the nation's physical vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the degree of environmental degradation and environmental vulnerability in Haiti is anything but natural. How this Org is Helping Haitians Reclaim their Land by Working to Combat Environmental Racism | Blavity It is neither normal nor natural that Haiti, a country with a negligible direct contribution to ...

Video: Composting Waste Treatment | Narrated by David Attenborough

SOIL was honored to be recognized last year by the UN Momentum for Change as an inspiring and replicable solution to the global climate crisis. A new video following their visit to northern Haiti helps to tell the story of why SOIL was chosen and how our team is taking a tricky public health challenge and - with a little grit, creativity, and dedication - transforming it into a solution for environmental restoration and resilience. Click below to watch the video and take a moment to let us know what you think in the comment section below. You might just recognize the voice of one of our very favorite environmental advocates narrating the video as ...

RFI talks Public Health with SOIL

What impact does environmental degradation have on public health in Haiti? Last month, SOIL's Port-au-Prince EkoLakay Director, Beverly Pierre, had the opportunity to answer that question on one of the world's most widely broadcast radio stations, Radio France Internationale (RFI). Joining other advocates and practitioners in the public health field, Beverly explains to listeners how SOIL is working to transform a public health crisis in Haiti into an environmental solution with each EkoLakay toilet we operate and every pound of agricultural compost we produce. Beverly also discusses the impact she sees that the intersecting environmental and ...

ReThink: Cities Without Sewers

Photo: Caleb Alcénat/Labelimage for Project #WasteNot (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

El País: How SOIL and Other Initiatives are Protecting the Planet

"The first time that Sasha Kramer traveled to Haiti, as a human rights observer after the 2004 coup, she was stunned by the lack of sanitation and waste management in the country,"writes Rocío Aguilera Vazquez for El País, one of Spain's most prominent newspaper. "Since then, she and community leaders created a project to build compost toilets that have now been recognized by the United Nations almost 15 years later for providing solutions to climate change." In conversation about SOIL's recent Momentum for Change prize win, Sasha shared with Rocío that "SOIL is tremendously honored to have won the [award] in recognition of the work that [SOIL] ...

Tree Hugger: How SOIL’s Humble Toilet is Improving Health in Haiti

Photo: Vic Hinterlang Earlier this month at the 2018 Lush Spring Prize award ceremony, where SOIL was honored to receive the Established Project award in recognition of our regenerative sanitation work, we had the chance to chat with TreeHugger's Katherine Martinko on why we believe that a solution to one of the world's most pressing challenges lies in one of nature's most fundamental ecological processes. Martinko writes that she "came away from the interview feeling amazed at the idea that something as humble as a toilet can combat cholera, create employment, boost crop yields to feed a hungry population, sequester carbon, and increase resilie...

Sasha Kramer and Tony Loyd on Sustainable Sanitation Solutions

"SOIL’s (ecological sanitation) waste treatment facilities treat and transform more than 500 tons of human waste annually, providing a powerful example of how to affordably and effectively increase access to sustainable sanitation services worldwide," writes Tony Loyd, who welcomed SOIL's Dr. Sasha Kramer to join him in conversation last month on his podcast dedicated to sharing stories of solutions flourishing around the world. Want to learn more? Follow this link to listen to their discussion on SOIL's journey, our lessons learned, and - ultimately - what we're working towards here in Haiti. Support SOIL Other Recent SOIL Coverage