Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
See the latest RNC updates from NPR

Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates)

Bellamy Pailthorp
/
KPLU News.

When you flush the toilet every day, you probably aren’t thinking much about where your waste goes. But Seattle’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting that question on the international agenda.

They’re donating more than three and a half million dollars in grants and prize money to help developing countries take advantage of new waste treatment technologies. A “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” fair kicked off yesterday.

KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to check it out. (Click "Play" above to hear the elements of her story.)

You can also read our extensive print coverage of the fair on our global health blog, Humanosphere.

And here's a link to Wendy Kaufman's story about the fair that aired nationally on npr Wednesday afternoon.

Bellamy Pailthorp covers the environment for KNKX with an emphasis on climate justice, human health and food sovereignty. She enjoys reporting about how we will power our future while maintaining healthy cultures and livable cities. Story tips can be sent to bpailthorp@knkx.org.