James Gilpin is a designer and researcher with type I diabetes who decided to start a project called Gilpin Family Whisky, where he processes the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetes patients into high-end, single malt whisky.
Sound weird? More on pissky after the jump.
Although the whisky will be sold in small amounts, it is really more of an art piece about whether it is “plausible to suggest that we start utilising our water purification systems in order to harvest the biological resources that our elderly already process in abundance”.
According to an article I read about the subject on Wired.com, “The original idea came from an (unverified) story he heard about a pharmaceutical company that supposedly set up a factory next to an old people’s home and would swap cushions and soft toys for the residents’ urine. They’d then process the urine to remove the chemicals that had passed straight through the dilapidated endochrine systems of the patients, which could then be put straight back into new medicine.”
I had to quote that shit. No way I could summarize it properly!
So what do you think? Is this a good statement or worthy idea to consider as our planet’s natural supplies diminish and thinking “green” is becoming more popular? Or too gross to even consider?