Unless you're one of the few people who didn't recoil in horror at2 Girls 1 Cup
, it's likely you don't find poop particularly sexy.
But the folks at Miami's Fertile Earth Foundation are working to show the public that "waste" has a purpose, and embracing its awesomeness can help save the planet.
Starring 12 supersexy, eco-conscious ladies slathered in South Florida shit, the 2015 Ladies of Manure calendar is coming soon -- assuming they can raise $10,000 by Halloween.
The group produced a similar calendar in 2013 that garnered major buzz. So they're back at it again to raise funds for their mission: to encourage people to live more sustainable lives, primarily through composting education.
But why, exactly, is poop something to celebrate?
"Poop is awesome because it can be used as a resource for many reasons -- to provide energy for your stove or light up your light bulb to fertilizing your garden," says project manager Julia Poliadis. "It's a resource, not waste!"
Manure comes in many incarnations, and they all have their assets. Cow poop is particularly great, Poliadis says.
"Cows are not just adorable, but their poop is pretty darn amazing too. Cow manure is thankfully pretty abundant, especially in areas that abound with dairy farms," Poliadis explains. "It allows the soil to hold more water, provides aeration so roots can breathe, and slowly releases nutrients back into the ground. Millions of beneficial bacteria make nutrients like nitrogen, which plants cannot directly use, readily available to plants."
Of course, it must be properly composted before it's used in a garden, but there are companies (like Black Kow) that'll do that for you.
The 2015 calendar features a dozen lovely ladies, all volunteers, posing pin-up style with various types of manure -- from the aforementioned cow poop to fish poop, worm poop, and other varieties.
"Whether it's starting their own permaculture business or simply volunteering for composting workshops, all the ladies do their part in spreading the message about composting," Poliadis says. "Leslie, the wife's owner of the Earth N Us Farm, where the shoot was located, will be featured in this calendar. Also, lead singer Cuci Amador from local band Afrobeta will be featured in the most revealing shot of the year."
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The calendars will cost $25 apiece, but the group must meet its Kickstarter fundraising goal by Halloween to have them printed. So if you want to see some ladies make worm droppings look good, donate through Kickstarter now.
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