Tuesday, January 30, we left Mazatlan, the bucket of our dry toilet on the roof stuck in one of the spare wheels. Having needed to use it in the morning, I cleaned it in the ocean. Quick U-turn on a boulevard in the middle of Mazatlan, telling Laurent, I think I heard the bucket fell from the roof, we turn back watching for the low sides. I can see a man crossing the road to pick up something … it’s the bucket, my bucket I thought … quickly, I ask Laurent to stop, no time to wait for the snail stop completely, it’s urgent, I run to the man who got into the car trying to say in Spanish and with gesture: “es mi …. ” How to say bucket …, not worth it, he understood, he gives it back to me and I thank him:” Muchas gracias “… and in my head, if you knew, this bucket is very important … I go back to truck.
This introductory episode allows me to present you in a concise article praising our dry toilets. It’s been several months since I wanted to write on this piece of furniture that takes an important place in our daily lives.
As I’m writing, our toilets are outside, a water bottle on top, a book, a pencil, a computer for the afternoon. At noon, we use it as a table and when preparing the meal, it uses as a table to cut vegetables. And what to say, when I practice the accordion, I use it as a seat. Pictures!
Awareness, management of water and waste
Above all, since we travel, we are attentive and try as much as possible to be aware of our daily actions in the management of water and waste aboard the Snail. With our 5-gallon blue bin, we can easily fill the water in free taps (in municipal, provincial or federal parks, most of the time) or a paying water stand that is often found in chain stores like Walmart. The use of lake water is also considered for the solar shower but also the water used for washing dishes (we heat it beforehand). We keep drinking water for the nurturing function. As for the waste, we ban the plastic bags to pack the fruits and vegetables bought, then we try to bring our own bags for the transport of the shopping. During our trip, it was much more difficult in Mexico, in the shops. There are often people who are there to tidy shopping in plastic bags and when we refused, we felt that it could offend the person, that she could take it personally. The ecological aspect is very little thought in these places. In the USA, we have seen a few times, bins of plastic bags and cartons put out of the shops. However, the road is still long for a full awareness of our waste and their daily management.
We see it well in the Snail, it is quickly easy to fill a bag of bags that serves us mainly to make our trash, which unfortunately fills up quickly enough with the few industrialized products that we buy: coffee, almond milk, butter , jam, herbal tea are the main products that quickly fill a trash and recycling too. We try to choose the maximum products without too much packaging and admit it, it is very difficult to find stores that sell in bulk on our way, still unknown in small towns and many large American cities too, more easy in Canada and Mexico (in the market).
To go further, I propose a Conference Gesticulated Inculture (s) 8 / Water, that take a dump! How to start an exit from capitalism and save democracy … by changing toilets!
This tells the story of our water toilets and taboos, mixing personal stories and the evolution of our ecological awareness, and especially, traces the stages of industrialization and commodification.
some water. http://www.scoplepave.org/water-causettes