Public urinals, if not kept clean, can let out a very bad odor. They can also lead to anxieties and shyness while using one. Eddie Gandleman has designed ‘When Nature Calls’ keeping in mind such problems that guys normally face. The design has been crafted in a manner, which will use human urine for watering plants.
The whole idea has an environmental relevance and will also add an element of fun plus a sense of liberation. It will inject a positive thinking when someone approaches such a urinal. Users will feel as if they are watering the plants rather than urinating in a public area. This will have a psychological impact on people and force them to think in a positive manner.
Urine will be filtered using a tree-step process, which will make it usable to water plants. The design will come embedded with activated charcoal, crushed limestone and greensand balance. They will keep acidity and sodium at desirable levels, which would otherwise harm plants in such a concentrated form. The system will be regulated, depending upon the type of plant and the amount of water it needs on an everyday basis. In case, a lot of people use the urinal, then water will be stored for later use or disposed off if it becomes overloaded.
Assimilating plants in public restrooms has numerous advantages. Plants always spread a nice aroma that will help kill bad odor. There are few plants that have odor-filtration qualities. This will let the design act as an air purifier for the restroom/public place. People have been using urine to fertilize plants since ages. It helps them grow faster and stronger without using fertilizers, if done correctly. This will help save money spent on manure that will become all the more expensive in the future. ‘When Nature Calls’ will definitely help change perceptions about human waste.