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After investing in an eco-friendly toilet and discarding of your old commode, do you ever wonder what happens to it after you've kicked it to the curb? In the town of Bellingham, Washington, a city worker named Freeman Anthony contacted a concrete supplier to make use of 400 old toilets that were replaced by a local charity. The toilets were broken down and blended with standard concrete mixes to create what they call "porticrete," reports

According to, the material used to create the new sidewalks will be made with 20 percent of the recycled toilets. These products, which would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, allow the city to pave 250 square yards of walkways and dramatically reduce its costs.

Sidewalks are just the start. Recognizing a good thing when they see it, Bellingham city planners want to use this recycled material in other city projects in an effort to make a commitment to sustainability. Thus far, the city has spared five tons of porcelain from ending up in the local landfill.

It remains to be see whether or not this trend will find its way into other American cities, but it's a great example of a great idea being put to use. Does the idea of walking on recycled toilets sit well with you?



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