We’re gonna talk about poop today. It’s a really important topic that doesn’t get much lipservice because people are uncomfortable to discuss butt stuff. But the recycling of waste has to be one of the most important technologies in the recent era.
Over the past millenia, there hasn’t been much that has changed about our pooping habits. We still shit in a hole. Granted, now our waste flows away from us and gets processed by waste treatment facilities, but in the third world there is no access to the civil engineering miracle of plumbing. Poop goes in a hole and stays there.
That is why when portapotties were developed, it was such a phenomenal innovation. No longer did you have to pinch a loaf in a ditch. The chemicals in the portapotties broke down your brown trouser snake and then were pumped out for waste processing elsewhere.
But what if you can’t move around waste that easy? What if you’re stuck with your poop and you have to do something about it?
The human digestive tract is a marvel of evolution. It is a completely enclosed tube from mouth to anus that reabsorbs consumed nutrients, water, and excretes dead cells, bile, bacteria and more.
Human fecal matter in the developed world is some of the most nutrient rich fertilizer due to our heavy diets of protein-rich foods. However, the way we currently deal with our poop is by shuttling it off to somewhere else.
I propose an artificial digestive tract that reclaims nutrients from fecal matter and allows for the reuse of disposed waste matter. This system would have all the features of a toilet without the need to install massively complex and cumbersome plumbing through civil engineering projects.
This toilet wouldn’t have to use water, it would comprise of a “chewing” mouth to break up the waste, an esophagus, a stomach, a small and large intestine and a means of storing the chemicals from waste matter.
This toilet would tap into natural/biological reclamation and recycling methods to parcel out the chemicals of human waste and turn our poop into useful products.
This living toilet would grow on the basis of usage and when it consumes waste. It would also have zero water usage, and never get clogged because it would push waste through a process of smooth muscle peristalsis.
Now before you start talking about human centipede and being grossed out by pooping in a mouth, understand that this system would be artificial. It would be an engineered biological system just a little different than what we are used to.
Instead of pooping in a hole and pretending that your waste disappears, let’s treat waste at the source. Let’s reclaim our waste chemicals and repurpose them for use in all kinds of ways. Let’s build toilet 2.0 and reinvent the way we poop.