START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Bringing Sanitation to Nairobi’s Slums

Cleaning Up Nairobi's Slums When Nature Calls
Science News by NewsLook

In slums around the world, the lack of proper sewerage and lavatory facilities means that human waste is often left on the street to contaminate local water supplies. A simple biodegradable bag – developed in Sweden – is seen as a possible answer and is being trialled on the streets of Nairobi’s biggest slum. Photo Credit: khym54 via Flickr.

Read more: Environment, Green, Health, Nature, News & Issues, Technology, Videos, Videos, Videos, Videos, , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Chris from NewsLook

Chris is the Managing Editor at NewsLook, an interactive news service providing premium video content from more than 50 international sources.


+ add your own
12:46AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Live long and prosper

10:05AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

We, at EcoSansRes, Ecological Sanitation Research have long been involved with the slums of Nairobi.

An odd fact, the original siting of the then-town of Nairobi was such to avoid a malaria outbreak...
Thanks Global Climate Change (GCC), all bets are off.

9:15AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Ewww, they need some serious help.

12:51PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I visited the slums of Nairobi in 2007. One never forgets those scenes. I am glad something is being done for these extremely poor people, just to have a little dignity. Janice

4:26PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks. Now if we could just clean up all our CRAP in the USA!

11:50AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

This is such a great idea that is simple and probably not too expensive to make, and helps to ward off disease, and keep children healthy., thank you Sweden for developing this biodegradable bag!

Thanks for this video Chris. Gave me more insight into how big a problem this is!

11:30AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Such a wonderful idea & thanks to those helping to make the world a better place to live in

6:13AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

These bags are already helping the children stay healthy. It is wonderful. Thank you, Sweden.

8:51PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012


5:01PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks and I hope it works.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I'm allergic to shellfish, but everything else is good to GO. :)

I don't understand the desire to go trophy hunting.

Well I don't know where you live but I gave pills that gave me a bad reaction back to my Doctor. He …


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!