A Natural Event: Changing the World From the Botton Up
It is our belief that every event can suffer from their sanitary facilities and the challenges of waste management. We know it’s possible to avoid and reduce waste created at events and recycle much of that organic waste through compost and vermiculture techniques. We also know that a large proportion of that waste is avoidable if composting toilets services are used and that this is the most effective way to provide toilet facilities at large outdoor events such as music festivals, and other cultural and sporting events.
In Nature, the paradigm of waste does not exist. “Waste” as a concept is a totally human invention. We are far better of thinking of waste as an unprocessed by-product. In fact all of the material exiting the body can cease being considered as waste. By harnessing the innate energy and nutrients we don’t have to dispose of anything. A good dump makes a great festival. Patrons feel looked after, event managers are at ease, and the event sets an example in sustainability to the rest of society.
Change happens in the world through revolutions, or incrementally, through local decisions. As drops in an ocean and drops in a bucket are still the same size, they create different amounts of change. If a change can make so many people happy at a festival, with their shared use of a space, then that change becomes the new normal, the accepted. These sorts of good ideas are contagious.
We believe that patrons using Natural Event toilets will be aware of their small but important change to something that every one in the world deals with. We help people understand that if they want to help anyone or anything then dealing with their own crap first is a beautiful place to start. It also symbolises a decision to have a perception adjustment.
Festivals are themselves a cultural force. Festival organisers have the opportunity to cast a form of Utopia, according to the values and the wishes of the community they represent and create. Increasingly, Festival managers understand the power they can have to influence their patrons’ lives at the event, and to inspire great possibilities for the living outside the festival bounds.
If what Natural Event does can be done on a large scale for a festival, then it can certainly happen at a domestic level. Festivals show their councils and society in general that it is possible to do on a large scale, and small scale.
Imagine the impact on water storage levels, in reservoirs for massive and smaller cities everywhere, if the drinking water was not used to flush the loos. The effect can be more pronounced when considering houses on tank water.
Farms should not be nutrient mines. The harvesting of crops takes away nutrients from the soil in its mass. These nutrients are replenished by importing nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, (NPK), mostly sourced from inorganic sources such as fossil fuels and mining Pacific islands to the coral core for guano. The nutrients, from the farms, having passed through the human body, are then taken away via water borne transport to a central processing area. Here energy is applied to remove the recently added nutrient load from the water that brought it to the processing plant. In may cases the excess nutrients are then pumped out into the ocean, changing the ecosystem and thus affecting the marine food chain as well as the land food chain.
If it were possible to systematically return the excess nutrients after human use back to the land then we would simply be acknowledging our participation in our own eco logical nutrient and food cycle. It is basic chemistry meets biology, means life situation.
Nature grows the seed, incorporating carbon from the air and all other nutrients from the soil. We eat the fruit, extracting vitamins, fiber, and energy and then pass on liquid and mass high in nitrogen, the most easily lost nutrient.
The liquid and mass then pass in to the soil and are recaptured by the root system of the plant.
The world should be eating food that has been grown in soil incorporating the nutrients from our own poo, as well as all the animal poo we create through farming.
Perhaps some patrons of the toilets may install composting toilets in their home. Maybe some one might engage another positive change or even attitude somewhere else. We also aim to encourage the use of energy and water efficient technology like light bulbs and showerheads. We hope this site will grow as a resource for sustainable products and systems for other purposes. It’s all good stuff.
Power to the people.
Feed the worms