Monday, December 22, 2014

Yellow is the new green

Go ahead, urinate in the shower. It's good for the planet.

Yellow is the new green

A capture from "Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica - Convocação (Xixi no banho)," a Brazilian video encouraging people to pee in the shower to conserve water.
A capture from "Fundação SOS Mata Atlântica - Convocação (Xixi no banho)," a Brazilian video encouraging people to pee in the shower to conserve water.

You could search all day on Mayor Nutter's Greenworks Philadelphia Web site and not find a single mention of urinating in the shower.

So how can the mayor really expect us to believe that he wants Philadelphia to become "the greenest city in America."

That's one question, among many, that comes to mind upon hearing the news that a Brazilian environmental group is running ads urging people to urinate in the shower as a means of saving water - and, thus, the planet.

SOS Mata Atlantica says every household could spare more than 1,150 gallons gallons a year by ... er ... combining personal hygiene tasks in this way. The following video (presumably in Portugese) is a droll look at the issue - G-rated, of course.

Would you 'go' in the shower to save water?
Yes, from now on
Uh-uh, that's gross!
I'm thinking about it, but I don't know if I can wait until my next shower
Done it for years (Doesn't everybody?)

The whole idea is fascinating, and it summons up a mention in an Inquirer columnist's article from a few years back that suggested Real Men urinate in the shower. (The writer pronounced no judgment on whether Real Women engaged in the practice.) The topic also pops up all over the Internet (thanks, Al Gore), so it's apparently a subject of enduring interest on more than just environmental grounds.

As George said to Elaine on the 1994 Seinfeld episode, "It's all pipes! What's the difference?!"

Not yet heard from: The folks who have to clean those showers and tubs every week.

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