Tuesday
November 6
2018

Bill Gates, on China trip, lauds free trade – and futuristic toilets

By Cate Cadell

U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates unveiled on Tuesday in Beijing a futuristic toilet that doesn’t need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer.

The Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder, who a day earlier was one of the high profile guests at a major trade event in Shanghai, also lauded the globalised and free trade systems that made the toilet technology possible.

“I honestly believe trade allows every country to do what it’s best at,” he told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

“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.”

Photo via YouTube.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global development, Global Goals, sanitation, SDGs, WASH