Anyone who has attended a music festival or a construction site is familiar with the classic blue portable toilet. They're also likely familiar with the mysterious blue liquid at the bottom of each. For everyone who has been put off by the whole unpleasant experience, an Oregon-based company has the answer: the , which replaces a chemical mixture with sawdust.
The portable toilet industry has been trending towards greener products for years. While that blue liquid used to include formaldehyde to mask the smell of waste, companies like Surco have developed their own mixtures like , "designed to enhance the odor control process without the use of harmful chemicals."
Nature Commodes require a little more user interactivity than traditional porta-potties. After they're done, users are supposed to throw the saw dust on top of their waste. After an event, the company takes the urine it has collected to a treatment facility where it converts the liquid waste into fertilizer.
Mainly servicing the northeast and Vancouver, the company claims to have serviced at least 150,000 people to date. The company is looking to develop a model meant for construction sites next.
“We’re like the microbrew when everyone’s accustomed to Coors Light,” Cousino to Portland Monthly. “We’re the microbrewery of port-a-potties.”