Toi­let trade

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS | INTERVIEW -

For­get the Web Sum­mit, this week’s most im­por­tant in­no­va­tion show­case took place in Bei­jing, where bil­lion­aire phi­lan­thropist and Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates brought a jar of hu­man fae­ces on stage with him at the Rein­vented Toi­let Expo, where he was pre­sent­ing a new type of toi­let that doesn’t need wa­ter or sew­ers. It uses chem­i­cals to turn hu­man waste into fer­tiliser in­stead.

Ready for sale af­ter years of devel­op­ment, this most sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance in san­i­ta­tion in al­most 200 years wouldn’t ex­ist were it not for glob­al­i­sa­tion and free trade, Gates pointed out.

“So when I talk about com­po­nents of this toi­let be­ing made in China, oth­ers in Thai­land, oth­ers in the United States – you re­ally want to be bring­ing to­gether all of that IQ so that you’re get­ting that com­bi­na­tion.” In other words, don’t flush all this life-sav­ing co-op­er­a­tion down the pan in a trade war.

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