Usable Waste

Brands reinvent human and animal waste for a multitude of purposes

Implications - The reuse of human and animal waste has ecological implications in a variety of industries – including everything from construction to the food and beverage industries. The transformation of this typically environmentally damaging substance into functional items and uses speaks to the need for consumers and industries alike to consider uncomfortable alternatives in order to work towards a better future.

Workshop Question - Conceptualize how your brand could transform and repurpose a waste product.
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Dog Poo-Powered Lights - This Gas Street Lamp in Worcestershire, UK Runs On Canine Excrement
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Warm 902 Clicks Pub: Jan 16, 18
Dog Poo-Powered Lights
This Gas Street Lamp in Worcestershire, UK Runs On Canine Excrement
This gas street lamp is powered by dog poop. Developed by Brian Harper of the Transition Malvern Hills community environmental group, the gaslamp has an anaerobic digester that runs on canine feces.... [More]
Feces-Converted Fuel - This Crude Bio Oil is Generated From Human Waste Found in Sewage Water
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Average 544 Clicks Pub: Dec 9, 16
Feces-Converted Fuel
This Crude Bio Oil is Generated From Human Waste Found in Sewage Water
Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (part of the US Department of Energy) discovered how to convert poop from sewage water into a bio oil that is capable of being used for fuel.... [More]
Urine-Crafted Bricks - The Bio-Bricks are Made Ecologically and of Human Waste
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This Year and Warm 210 Clicks Pub: Oct 30, 18
Urine-Crafted Bricks
The Bio-Bricks are Made Ecologically and of Human Waste
Developed by students from the University of Cape Town, these new bio-bricks are made entirely of human urine. When developing the new bio-bricks student’s gathered materials from specially... [More]
Waste-Transformed Space Food - Scientists are Experimenting With Food for Astronauts Made From Feces
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Mild 497 Clicks Pub: Jan 31, 18
Waste-Transformed Space Food
Scientists are Experimenting With Food for Astronauts Made From Feces
Scientists discovered microbes can transform human waste back into food for astronauts. A research team from Penn State University showed it’s possible for astronauts to turn their poop into... [More]
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