The Future Of Events Looks Crappy, And Why That Is A Great Thing

Over One Hundred Thousand Pacific Northwesterners Say “No” To Plastic Porta Potties

Portland, Oregon — November 2, 2016 — People attending outdoor events in the Pacific Northwest are spearheading a new ecological behavior trend by choosing natural sanitation that foregoes chemicals and odors. Over one hundred thousand attendees have been exposed to sawdust-based portable restrooms since America’s only composting sanitation company launched in 2015. 
 According to Nature Commode, a portable sanitation startup in Portland, the plastic porta potty experience has been dreaded until now. Wrapped in environmentally friendly housing, devoid of toxic odors, and providing users a natural experience, Nature Commode is on the path to revolutionize event sanitation. The company is capitalizing on the rising demand for an alternative to chemical porta potties. “I have a personal commitment to environmental sustainability and it’s really hard to manifest that as a planner of large events,” says Stephanie Barnhart, Events and Marketing Manager for Willamette Week. “Natural sanitation is perfect for all beer events.”

Though natural event sanitation has been available in Europe for a number of years, it is new in America. Nature Commode is aiming to disrupt an industry ripe for change. “We have big goals,” says Nature Commode Co-founder Randall Scott White. “Our dream is to see America switch away from water-based sanitation that is failing to keep pollution from heading back into the ecosystem.” David Major, an event organizer for thirty-five years, believes natural sanitation has a bright future in the portable restroom market. “They don’t use plastic boxes, it’s all biodegradable, I think this will take over your standard chemical stuff.” While Nature Commode is excited at their growth this year, the company wants to distinguish themselves as a nutrient reclamation business, not just portable sanitation.

From fork to field, “Each use of our toilets gets us closer to our goal of providing full-cycle sanitation. This means that we would treat all that we collect so that it can be used to benefit soil health and crop productivity,” says Nature Commode Founder Nicole Cousino. “We are on the path to turn event sanitation waste into valuable commodities. Capturing embedded valuable nutrients and treating the contributions as a resource, rather than a waste stream, provides a dramatic shift. Urine can be used as a nitrogen-rich, quick acting liquid fertilizer. Composted human solids builds soil and water retention capacity.”

Prototype of the “Fun Funnels” Two-Person Pee Cabana

With a slowdown of outdoor events through the winter, the company is now focusing on manufacturing a fleet of Nature Commodes to scale and be ready to serve larger events and festivals in 2017. “People love it,” says White. “There is no smell, and they understand this is one way to help the planet with pleasant changes to an experience they normally dislike.”

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