4 results for tag: waste


How We Perceive Waste Is Dependent Upon Our Mindsets

We often ask our visitors to guest write a blog post for the SOIL website to give our readers a chance to see how SOIL’s work looks from different perspectives. After spending a day dumping poop buckets, recent SOIL visitor, Benjamin Swift, had a lot to say about the concept of waste! I visited Haiti for the first time this spring and I am just beginning to get my feet wet in the ocean of complex issues that the country faces. Therefore getting a chance to stop by SOIL and see their work in action was a fascinating experience! I spent the first morning of my SOIL visit volunteering at SOIL’s composting waste treatment facility near Cap-Haitien. ...

Waste is a Verb, Not a Noun

What is “waste”? Based on which values do we classify something as waste? Do we think certain things are gross or dirty because they are dangerous? The journalist Rose George recently wrote that even though worms are harmless, we are disgusted by them because they remind us of parasites, which are dangerous. Or is the reaction of disgust all cultural, as some anthropologists would have it? The anthropologist Mary Douglas pointed out that context has a lot to do with how we view and classify objects. For example, full head of hair on a woman is considered beautiful, but finding a single strand of hair in your food can be enough to ruin your ...

Transforming Wastes Into Resources: Global Edition!

We are a population of over seven billion people, living in a world with increasingly scarce resources. Looking forward, there is one resource – often overlooked – that is perpetually available: human waste. The moniker 'waste' is indicative of general global perceptions: feces are to be discarded, and nothing more. For nearly seven years SOIL has endeavored to transform wastes into resources in Haiti, both through the physical transformation of human waste into rich, organic compost, and by de-stigmatizing waste within communities throughout Haiti. Like the book says: "Everybody poops." Transforming wastes into resources can take many forms, ...

Press Release: Cell Phone Powered Poop Tracking Advances Haiti Waste Treatment

The SOIL team is going high tech, using smart phones to streamline poop collection and compost production. Our friends and collaborators from re.source have helped develop a system for SOIL, using an open source data collection platform called Open Data Kit, to record and track all of the composting and collection data from their phones. This technology will help SOIL streamline waste collection and cut down on errors. This is a critical development in SOIL and re.source's new initiative to design and implement a social business model for providing household sanitation. In the coming months we'll begin installing private household toilets throughout ...