THE GREAT GIVEBACK
Where mama nature gets your soil back in a form she can actually use!
The Great Giveback was the last and final phase of Humble Pile Chicago, a collective human nutrient recycling project.
Two years ago I invited 35 households to compost their poop using the simple 5-gallon bucket dry toilet and composting pile system. Twenty-two people accepted the invitation and for three months I delivered toilets, storage barrels and sawdust to them, picking up their full bins as needed, taking them to a secret location to compost their contents.
After two years the humanure had transformed into lovely nutrient-rich soil. (Samples taken to an environmental lab tested free of all coliforms.)
The original bucket-pooping participants received handsewn yellow-and-brown canvas sacks of their transformed nite soil. Each sack is silkscreened with THE GREAT GIVEBACK, a drawing of the digestive system (esophagus to rectum) and a turd.
Deliveries were made by bicycle. The remainder of the collective pile is being used to enrich disturbed city soils.
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THE GREAT GIVEBACK t-shirts
$20 including shipping while supplies last! All t-shirts were obtained from thrift stores. A few dago-tees exist, the rest are short-sleeved. Some are yellow, but most are brown. Illustrations were done by the delightfully thoughtful Edie Fake.
You can pay via PAYPAL from my project site –
Please send me an e-mail with your US t-shirt size and hopefully I can accommodate you.