A recurring theme in this blog is the celebration of people and/or organizations that have a positive impact on their communities. What they do is not easy, but it’s inspirational, and we don’t hear enough about them. So I’ve decided to commit to singing their praises at least once a month. I’ll be calling it Mid-Month Marvels. If you have any suggestions for the focus of this monthly spotlight, let me know in the comments below!
Here are some disturbing statistics:
2.3 billion people, or about 40% of the world’s population, don’t have access to a toilet.
289,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
Every dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity.
Most toilet paper is still made from virgin trees.
I got these statistics directly from the website of a company called Who Gives a Crap. As you can imagine, they have a great sense of humor. They don’t mind making fun of themselves. (See also this amusing video they made to describe the company and encourage start up capitol. It’s done toilet side, and rather makes me fall in love with their product.) The toilet jokes abound.
What impresses me is that they have not only produced environmentally friendly toilet paper out of recycled products, but they also donate 50 percent of their profits to building toilets and improving sanitation worldwide.
This is a brilliant company that we should all get behind. (See what I did there?) So put yourself on the waiting list (times being what they are) for their backlog of TP, tissue, and paper towels today! (“We’re completely wiped out,” is their tongue in cheek comment.)
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