Whoever says green, says connected with nature. And some of us are such that they don’t hesitate to include our bodily fluids in our walk! As World Environment Day approaches, on Sunday, June 5, here are some examples of 100% natural methods, certainly distasteful, but no less smart for preserving the planet!
Menstrual blood to feed the plants
If you’ve already opted for the menstrual cup or washable pads and the idea doesn’t scare you too much, know that you can use the blood from your period to feed your plants. Rich in iron and nutrients essential for plant growth (sodium, phosphorus, potassium, etc.), menstrual blood is indeed an effective fertilizer. However, do not use it in your vegetable garden. If the menstrual blood is not dirty, it may still contain bacteria, so do not spill it on food.
Urine to flush out parasites
Blood is not the only bodily fluid used as fertilizer. Recently, researchers in agroecology drew attention to… urine. Like menstrual blood, urine could indeed nourish all kinds of plants while warding off parasites at the same time.
Technically it is possible to recover all these nutrients that are good for plant growth by excreting urine. A method that is being studied in several countries such as the United States, South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, but also France.
If this method talks about it right now, it doesn’t date from yesterday. Our grandparents used it already! A practice that has gradually disappeared with the advent of fertilizer, but which could therefore make a comeback.
Calm yourself in the shower
We’re sticking to the theme of urine… But this time in the shower! If you don’t have a dry toilet at home, rest assured that you’ve already put the trick of peeing in the shower into practice! Considered ecologically, this habit, or reflex, that we don’t always dare to talk about in public, actually saves a few gallons of water because it doesn’t involve rinsing. Even if, we admit, this is limited (in principle) to once a day.
Wash less often
Some push the vice further and opt for the opposite solution, which is to skip the shower and divide the washing days. According to an Ifop survey published in 2020, this method would not be so anecdotal, as 19% of French women and 29% of French claim to practice it.
In the United States there is also the phenomenon of people showering less often to save the planet, commonly referred to as “unwashed”. Whether one adopts this way of life out of genuine ecological concern or out of hygienic laziness, this method makes it possible in all cases to achieve significant savings on water!