Pee Ecology and the Benefits to Squatting Outdoors
When nature is calling, Chickfly wants to give you the tools (Chickfly leggings & pants), knowledge and benefits to go outdoors.
We want to inspire you to urinate in the gardens of the world. Chickfly isn’t just about freedom and liberty. Chickfly is also about ecological sustainability.
Chickfly founder, Anna Birkás, has been working for the sustainable revolution since she was sixteen. She studied Environmental Ecology and earned a masters in Forest Hydrology. After becoming a General Engineering contractor, she created her first company, Village Ecosystems, focusing on Sustainable Water Design and Construction.
Anna works in the field of water ecology to reduce climate change and prevent ecological collapse. One way to do that is social change: Chickfly is her movement.
We Ran the Numbers
A person can save 3,600 gallons of water per year by going without 5 flushes/day. If we can inspire 1000 women to save three flushes a day, we will save two-million gallons of water per year.
According to the California Energy Commission 19% of California’s energy is used to treat and pump water. So when you turn on the tap, you are also turning on the power. Peeing outside saves energy too.
Our urine contains significant levels of nitrogen, as well as phosphorus and potassium (typically an N-P-K ratio around 11 – 1 – 3, similar to commercial fertilizers). Americans produce about 90 million gallons of urine a day, containing about 7 million pounds of nitrogen. Studies show that an adult’s urine contains enough nutrients to fertilize 50-100% of the crops needed to feed one adult (Sundberg, 1995; Drangert, 1997).
Urine is Gold
No, seriously, do you know where plant nutrients come from today? We make nitrogen fertilizer from natural gas that was likely fracked. To turn natural gas into fertilizer, we burn a bunch more fuel and energy (climate change alert).
Adding insult to environmental catastrophe, most of the urine that is flushed down the toilet ends up in rivers, lakes, and oceans where it causes eutrophication or algal blooms. Algae love the extra nutrients and they grow so fast that they use up the available oxygen in the water. Aquatic animals can’t breath and they die, resulting in dead zones. When we pee in the garden we prevent water contamination and save aquatic wildlife.
A luxurious, healthy soil has a thick layer of organic matter. The carbon in leaves and twigs combines with phosphorus and nitrogen (bio-available in human urine) and creates a rich compost. Stepping outside the home to pee easily fertilizes our gardens with nutrients. To plants, urine is gold. Peeing outside protects life and prevents climate change.
Do it High and Dry
When we pee in mulch, under and around plants, and in a new location each time, we promote environmental sustainability. Avoid peeing in ditches or near streams, lakes, or rivers. Pee on ground that is high and dry unless specifically instructed to do otherwise by the Park Service.
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