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Doors, furniture from human excreta!

entertainment Updated: Dec 07, 2007 11:52 IST
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Doors from human excreta, sounds amazing! If Sulabh International has its way, the day is not far when furniture, window planks and doors can be made out of human excreta instead of woods.

At least 21 such designer doors have been put on display at the prestigious Lisson Art Gallery of London. The doors have been designed by Mexico-based designers Santiago Sierra and Mariana David and prepared by the research team of Sulabh International in New Delhi.

These researchers have succeeded in developing a strong raw material out of human waste. The founder of Sulabh International Dr Bindeshwar Pathak said that it could be termed as an other milestone to protect the environment by saving lakhs of trees.

Dr Pathak, the brain behind this discovery, said that these designers had succeeded in designing 22 sculptures in shape and size of doors out of manure converted from human excreta of the pits of Sulabh Shauchalayas. Twenty one out of them have been put on display at the Lisson Art Gallery of London. One of such pieces is also displayed at Delhi-based Sulabh Museum of Toilets.

Dr Pathak said that art lovers and designers are showing deep interests in these doors during the exhibition. They are planning to visit Sulabh to get the first-hand experience of the door-making process. He said that these doors would also be displayed in Munich Gallery in Germany.

Research is on to optimise the use of manure converted from human excreta. Researchers are trying to make different kinds of furniture, doors and other sculptures out of it.

The discovery is another feather in the cap of Sulabh International, a household name in the field of sanitation, not only in India but at global level.

The United Nations had recently recognised the efforts of Sulabh and contribution of its founder Dr Pathak for implementing “Total Sanitation campaign” through the indigenous two-pit toilet technology now commonaly popular as Sulabh Shauchalayas.

Dr Pathak had introduced two-pit toilet technique which became very popular throughout the world. The Sulabh technology is scientifically appropriate, economically affordable and culturally acceptable by several international organisations like the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and UNDP.

For more than three decades Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, who founded the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, has been promoting toilets that are cheap to build and don't require a sewer connection.