Yes, we are still here, and we are still working to make the world a more functional place through the support of microbes. Here is a NYT article that I came across via some friends and that I thought would be good reading for everyone.
My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria Rich Hygiene Experiment. http://nyti.ms/1hbLGe3
Yes, the writer is actually documenting her experience with a company that has found a solution to cleansing without chemicals and anti-bacterials. This could be a real plus for a society trying to figure out how to use less water by making its grey water safer for plants and the environment.