Wasted* On Purpose

Wasted is bolstering climate resilience and recycling nutrients in the portable waste industry.

We all pee and we all poop, but most of us rarely consider what actually happens to our waste (and would rather not talk about it). Human waste is a double-edged sword: it can be a pollutant but it also contains valuable nutrients that can be harnessed for good. The problem with human waste right now is that existing waste management practices are antiquated and vulnerable to climate change, creating more of a pollution risk and less opportunity to capture nutrients. Thor Retzlaff and Taylor Zehren, co-founders of Intrepid, a purpose-driven media production company, first began to think more about waste after members of their team confronted waste management problems on an expedition to Everest Base Camp in November 2018.

Read more: Wasted on Purpose: Developing More Sustainable Human Waste Management Practices