In today’s modern world of eco-consciousness, you are undoubtedly concerned about the exorbitant amount of urine you are just flushing down the toilet each day. It certainly seems like a waste, doesn’t it? Well, then you’ll be happy to learn that there are plenty of practical ways to recycle that pee into something more useful than sewage contaminant. Here are some of the most exciting things you can do with that collected pee stream:
Fertilize Your Garden
If you’ve been pissing on your neighbors tomato garden, then you’re on to something. Urine is chemically rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium – three key ingredients found in commercially produced fertilizer. The only problem is that your piss is actually TOO chemically rich, which can lead to plant damage. To provide a healthy dose of nutrients, experts recommend one part urine per 20 parts water.
Yeah, we all know that drinking urine just might save your life if you’re ever set adrift on a raft in the middle of the ocean. But luckily, you don’t have to be dehydrated to enjoy the benefits of drinking pee. Urine has natural bleaching properties, which means a glass a day could keep those pearly whites of yours nice and shiny. Additionally, many cultures drink urine as a home remedy to prevent colds. Not keen on the idea of drinking that same can of Mountain Dew a second time? Too bad – we’ve all got to do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Blow Something Up
Back in the day, urine was used in a pinch to help make black powder for ammunitions. To accomplish this, you’ll need to store the urine somewhere so it can ferment for over a year (may I suggest on your kitchen counter in a pitcher marked “lemonade”?). The fermentation causes salts to formulate in the urine. Combine these salts with sulphur and charcoal and BLAM! You’re ready to blow stuff up.
Power Your iPod
Urine as a source of electricity? You better believe it. Researchers in Singapore have already harnessed the potent power of pee to create urine-powered batteries. Apparently, when urine is dropped on copper chloride paper, it creates a chemical reaction that produces electricity. With just a few drops, you’ve got the equivalent of a AA battery. Go ahead, pee on your iPod – see if it works!
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