Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 18, 2008
If you think composting toilets are just for nasty campsites, think again. They’re equally useful in the home. By breaking down human waste into its essential minerals, composting toilets transform… well, crap… into usable soil. And they’re green in just about every way: reducing water use between 20% to 50%, lowering sewage rates, reducing greywater loading, significantly lowering marine pollution and reducing the disruption of soil systems by pipelines.
Plus, if you’re sick of taking that recycling bin out every night (or too lazy), you can also put food scraps, paper, lawn clippings and grease in the toilet for composting. Because of the low water use, they’re also very useful in drought-prone areas.
But is it gross? Not at all. Technological innovations, such as the suction airflow, keep your bathroom smelling like — well, not like a composting toilet.
Although owner-made composting toilets are still popular, several companies are manufacturing subtle and effective models for commercial and residential use. IslandWood School in Bainbridge Island, for example, uses composting toilets for all of their bathroom needs. Although they don’t look like regular toilets, the designs integrate well into bathroom settings.
And besides, nothing says “bad-ass environmentalist” like a composting toilet.
And if you think it’s extreme, think again. Some residents of Orange County have taken it a step further by figuring out a way to purify their used toilet water for drinking.
Gives new meaning to term “full of it”.