A precious resource flushed down the toilet.

A precious resource that could be used to make gardens everywhere more productive at less cost to the environment and the pocketbook is being flushed down millions of toilets every day.
Sharon Labchuk says human urine is used in communities, large and small, around the world.
“I could never do that, flush it down the toilet,” said Labchuk.
“It’s such a waste because you’ve got to do a lot of work to get that equivalent amount of nitrogen in the soil.”
Using human urine means that a cover crop may not be needed in larger plots. And a cover crop means soil has to be churned under “and you may have to have a big compost pile,” said the Millvale environmentalist and former leader of the Island Green Party.
“Instead of flushing it down the toilet you could pee in a bucket and put it in your garden,” she said.
Labchuk practices what she preaches – she’s been using her own urine for as long as she can remember.
She urinates into a small bucket, then carries the bucket to her garden, where she empties the contents of the bucket into a much larger, five gallon bucket.
“When I get a five gallon bucket about a third full, I take a hose to fill it with water, which dilutes it. I then water the plants that require more nitrogen like corn and potatoes.”
Ammonia is the nitrogen plants need to thrive, she said.
Labchuk, a vegan, only eats plant-based food, so when she urinates “I just recycle plants. It’s cheaper, it’s free,” she explained.
Labchuk went on to say many Canadians, and Islanders, live in cities with sewage plants that cost large amounts of money to maintain when a resource everyone generates is free for the using.
All you need is a couple of buckets.
Story and photo by Jim Brown