Monday, September 14, 2009

Too green for the LFP green blogger

This is a tricky blog to write. It's both funny and disgusting. I thought of not writing this blog at all because children might stumble upon it. Then I realized kids talk about this stuff all the time. Kids love to be both funny and disgusting.

My tale involves The London Free Press and their green blogger. It seems the newspaper blogger first heard of a Brazilian water-saving strategy quickly becoming the talk of the globe while listening to local radio. What he heard was upsetting as well as unbelievable and he tried putting it out of his mind. He soon discovered he couldn't. The Brazilian story was everywhere. He even saw tweets about it on Twitter. I agree, it was an impossible story to ignore. I read about it on The Huffington Post.

The green blogger found the concept behind the Brazilian green strategy "gross." He got "the heebie jeebies just thinking about doing it." The senior online editor at the paper, showing his sharp wit, commented, "I smell a hoax. I saw this story, I don't believe it for a second."

The online editor had flippantly called the story a hoax without a second's worth of investigation. I thought that his lack of initiative reflected poorly on the profession of journalism. If a senior online editor can't confirm whether a story is a hoax or not, who can? ( Uh, I know the answer, a dedicated blogger.)

Let's not drag this out any longer. There really is no point in being so prissy. Why even Kelly Clarkson admits doing it. Clarkson reportedly told Blender magazine: "Anybody who says they don’t is lying." I wonder if that includes green bloggers and senior online editors.

And what deep, dark secret is Kelly Clarkson revealing? She pees in the shower. And Kelly is not the only one coming out of the (water) closet. Read this post by a blogger named Fran who confesses, "I often pee in the shower and have since I was young." Fran goes on to promise that she doesn't "pee in the bathtub or in swimming pools."

The Huffington Post reported Brazilians are being encouraged to save water by urinating in the shower. (It is important to note: if you are healthy, your urine is sterile. The Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica says the campaign running on several television stations is using humor to persuade people to reduce flushes. The group says if a household can save up to 4,380 liters of water annually by following this green advice.

SOS spokeswoman Adriana Kfouri said Tuesday that the ad is "a way to be playful about a serious subject." The spot features cartoon drawings of people from all walks of life — a trapeze artist, a basketball player, even an alien — all are urinating in the shower. Narrated by children's voices, the ad ends with: "Pee in the shower! Save the Atlantic rain forest!"

If you are as put off as most folk, Tucson Citizen reporter Ryan Gargulinski will put you at ease on this and other germ-o-phobic myths. Read Ryan and stop worrying about that public restroom toilet seat.

So was this whole thing just a hoax? I wasn't sure at first. If it was it sure fooled a lot of folk. For instance, both the Toronto Sun and Canoe carried the story a day before our newspaper green blogger and the senior online editor dismissed it.

Using Orkut and Facebook I contacted people living in Brazil. I asked them if the campaign was a hoax. It took me but minutes using social media to become convinced the story is not a hoax.

When I googled some details of the story and added the word hoax, my only relevant hit was the online editor's comment. He may have learned not to pee in the shower but now he must learn what not to do into the wind.

If you'd like another way of saving on water, check out my post on dual flush HET toilets and water saving shower heads and faucets. I have installed all green plumbing fixtures in my main floor bathroom. It has cut my water usage and all without offending my wife or giving my house guests the heebie jeebies.

1 comment:

  1. LOL - Great topic!! and one, as the chief tub-scrubber in our house, that I've pondered on occasion.

    A couple of things to note: (1) Perhaps the LFP's senior on-line editor had a traumatic potty-training ordeal? If he's never even thought about peeing in the shower, could that mean he's incredibly sphincter-retentive? (2) An acquaintance who has traveled to Central America shared with me that while there she was instructed to not flush ANY toilet paper that was used. I'm not exactly clear why the system could handle solid bodily waste but not the melt-in-your-hands t.p., but ALL t.p. was to be put in the trash. And this was in a relatively modern hotel...hard to say what the facilities were like in the more 'quaint' areas.
    And tossing brown t.p. into the trash gives me more heebie-jeebies than thinking about peeing in the shower LOL Which bring me to (3): I live in a house that uses an 'engineered' septic field. This means that our water table is too high to support a more typical field that is buried in the ground. Instead, we have a field that is built up off grade, surrounded by gravel and other well-draining substances, but ultimately, all our water and waste still ends up in the surrounding swamp.

    Everything that goes in (or more properly, down) a drain, goes in the same spot. So, if one can get past the thought of it, it makes no difference which drain we choose to pee in, but it sure makes you start thinking about what's going down the drain, given that your well is only a couple of hundred feet downstream from your neighbor's field!

    That's only a little different, in theory, than living in a more urban area, where the waste and runoff sewers are separated, so the true waste gets treated before being discharged back into the water table, except of course when it rains buckets and then everyone's flushables end up in the rivers anyway. Still, as far as the input locale goes, none of that makes no never mind because it all ends up in the same place - and there's nothing like the sound of running water to trigger nature's call! Sometimes a person's just gotta do what a person's gotta do - sterile urine or not, maybe that's why God invented spray Lysol???

    Keep Rockin'!