King of the festival compost loo talks shit at TEDxSydney this Thurs 21 May

The king of the festival compost toilet, Hamish Skermer, will speak at TEDxSydney this Thursday 21 May at 2.58pm AEST. In his first visit to the Sydney Opera House, Hamish will take to the stage in the Concert Hall and talk shit for 18 mins straight. He’ll share his journey, his many festival loo escapades and his vision for sustainable, dignified and resource giving sanitation. An environmental chemist, Hamish designed the compost toilet 15 years ago at a festival he and a friend put on at his family property in rural VIC, Australia – Folk Rhythm and Life. What began as a passion for minimal impact toilet solutions and creating a valuable resource from a ‘waste’ product – has launched an international ablution revolution! He perfected his design at his own festival and then has taken it, via signature Australian music festivals such as Falls and Meredith, all the way to the mother of all music festivals, Glastonbury. From placing just 5 toilets ‘back of house’ in 2008, his system has proven itself and this year he has a record 1111 composting toilets all through Glastonbury Festival. He’s now turning his sights to emergency response and humanitarian causes, as his festival loos are a perfect solution for large, temporary or semi-permanent camps. Festival producers and festivals goers that have forgone the dreaded portaloo in favour of his compost loo should tune in and hear the shit Hamish has to say. If you’ve not yet looked at booking or using a compost loo at a festival, tune in to see what all the fuss is about. www.naturalevent.co.uk Source:...

Tips To Finding The Ideal Toilet At A Music Festival–

If there’s one thing that links all music festivals, from the biggest of marquee international events to the trendiest of local boutique gatherings, it’s the toilets. While some are better than others, chances are you’d prefer a clean porcelain escape with all the facilities to do your business any day of the week over the sawdust-ridden drop toilets or grimy portaloos festivals offer. But that’s just simply not the case and even the most seasoned of attendees will tell you that some of the worst music festival nightmares are less to do with losing tent pegs or your mates in the crowd than submitting yourself to a nasty excrement-stained plastic prison when nature calls. There’s a solution to this common potty problem however, which should help reduce the chances of you ending up in the music festival equivalent of that horrific cubicle from Trainspotting. The secret weapon? Mathematics. Introducing the good and brainy people who run YouTube channel Numberphile, who regularly use the power of arithmetic to tackle everyday problems in inventive ways (eg. calculating Pi with real pies, or the most scientific way to share cake). They’ve now turned their attention to figuring out how to get the best (re: the least scummy) toilet at a music festival, as Consequence Of Sound reports. There’s two key factors at play in her maths experiment. Specifically, a) the best toilet is defined as the cleanest (stocked with paper, sanitizer, and fewer smelly oddities) and b) if you pass on a toilet in the hope of something better, you can’t go back to it because of all those bladder-bursting punters behind...
Worthy Farm Says It’s Bye Bye Time To The Stinky Portable Loo

Worthy Farm Says It’s Bye Bye Time To The Stinky Portable Loo

It’s a much a part of the Glastonbury experience as secret gigs, cider buses, mud baths and magical sunsets at the Stone Circle, but this year the horrible stench of portable plastic loos has been banished from Worthy Farm. They may have been too busy basking in the sunshine, then putting on their wellies as the rain arrived on Thursday afternoon, but the thousands of festival-goers who have been arriving at the Somerset site since Wednesday will have struggled to spot a bright blue portable toilet anywhere on the 12,000 acre site. Instead a new combination of eco-friendly “long-drop” toilets and composting loos means that only 150 of the 5,000 lavatory seats at Glastonbury Festival sit above a chemical stink. “We’ve used portable plastic toilets for more than 20 years, but frankly they are not up to the job,” said Jane Healy, the festival’s sanitation manager. “They don’t work in our particular high-intensity environment, partly because the experience is so unpleasant that many people don’t want to touch the plastic, so they don’t flush. This year though festival organisers have invested in 312 large toilet blocks, with thousands of new toilets. These new lavatories, called “long-drops”, store waste from the festival’s 200,000 ticket holders and staff in underground tanks before it is turned into manure and spread on the fields of Worthy Farm and the surrounding area. The real battle against “festival faecal phobia” at Glastonbury is being waged by Hamish Skermer, though. He’s an Australian environmental scientist, who is firmly at the top of the eco-toilet heap at the festival. And this year his firm Natural Events has...

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