It’s okay to pee in the ocean, says the American Chemical Society

Good to know. 🙂

When you’re enjoying the water on a hot summer day and realize you have to go, do you need to swim all the way back to the bathroom? Or can you just pee in the ocean?

Go ahead and pee, says a new video from the American Chemical Society, an association of professional chemists and chemical engineers. The video points out that urine is almost entirely made of water, sodium and chloride, which are already found in large quantities in the ocean. Pee does contain a tiny bit of the waste product urea, but the amount is minuscule compared to the 350 quintillion litres of water in the Atlantic Ocean alone.

Besides, the video suggests, the urea may be good for the environment: “Urea contains a lot of nitrogen. Nitrogen combines with water to produce ammonium which feeds ocean plant life.”

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