Given our level of technology and the public interest in sustainable technology, it would seem like a good time to introduce nappies/diapers that can go into compost or bio-digesting sewage systems.
Lots of people opt for old fashioned cloth nappies rather than spend thousands of dollars on so called “disposables” that aren’t. But not everyone has the time and energy to go through the rinsing, soaking and washing.
The plastic outer of “disposables” can be made from bio-plastic sourced from hemp. The absorbent filling from sphagnum moss or other forms of bio-plastics. Then, rather than being a long term bio-hazard sitting around in land fills for thousands of years, or washing yet more plastic into the ocean, the whole thing can compost away.
Together with new positive-net (energy) housing villages with the built in bio-composting, sometimes called bio-digesting or anaerobic digesting septic systems, baby’s waste can now contribute to generating methane in the bio-digester that will power the Stirling engine that runs the house, shed and business.
By connecting the household septic to power generation, the methane that is produced when sewage decomposes is collected and burnt. It produces power and CO2. The CO2 can then be piped into a green house or the outlet otherwise directed into a garden, where more of the by-product greenhouse gasses are processed naturally.
It’s another advantage of distributed power systems and management over centralised, privatised systems.