Bill Gates speaks at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing on Tuesday. (Gates Foundation screen grab)
Bill Gates has been thinking about sanitation and toilets ever since he stopped working full time at Microsoft. In those 10 years, sparked by what he saw during increased travel to poorer countries, the billionaire philanthropist has set out to help solve a critical health issue in the developing world.
“I have to say, a decade ago I never imagined that I’d know so much about poop,” Gates said on Tuesday from Beijing, where he helped launch the three-day Reinvented Toilet Expo. “And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and fecal sludge at the dinner table.”
Gates showcased once again his ability to have a frank discussion about a fact of human life, and the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is still leading the way in its commitment to commercialization and adoption of off-grid toilet technologies and sanitation systems.
“This expo showcases, for the first time, radically new and pilot-tested approaches to sanitation that will provide effective alternatives for collecting, managing, and treating human waste,” Gates said. “The technologies you’ll see here are the most significant …read more