We take our toilets and sewage systems for granted. It’s something we don’t often think about or want to discuss. But around 40% of the global population do not have easy access to a toilet, with the affects of poor sanitation ranging from health, education, gender equality, nutrition, to the environment and the economy. World Toilet Day is on the 19th of November, a time to highlight the need for improving sanitation.
Oxfam Australia, and the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop in Bayswater supports programs like ‘WaSH for Oxfam’, promoting Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene education during emergency relief and in villages and schools. We also stock the ‘Who Gives a Crap’ range of toilet paper, tissues, paper towel and hand towels.
Started through a crowd funding campaign, Who Gives a Crap has been growing since 2013. 50% of all their profits go towards building toilets and improving sanitation in developing countries, and supporting NGO's like WaterAid Australia. And instead of cutting down trees, Who Gives a Crap's products are made from bamboo and sugarcane, proving to be environmentally friendly as well as being a force for changing health and sanitation standards.