Excel AC Composting Toilet $1549 from The Natural Home.com
Greater attention is increasingly being given to drought and water shortages around the world. As global warming worsens this is predicted to become a much more serious problem for millions of people around the world. Here in the US the Southwest already has serious problems with a lack of water.
As water shortages worsen, people’s attitudes on water use will hopefully change. One attitude needing change is the reluctance to consider green alternatives to the typical flush toilet in specific and about our relation to human waste in general. The low-flow toilets were initially met with skepticism by many but now has become commonplace. In time people may grow to accept the composting toilets as well.
Composting toilets use little or no water and processes toilet waste for reuse as valuable compost. They work with the same natural composting principles as when bears poop in the woods…
Aerobic composting toilets come in many different designs and various ways of enhancing the decomposing. Some inject air or have air baffles to distribute the air in the pile, have venting for odors, heating units to keep the compost at the best temperature, mixing elements to ensure full decomposition, the addition of micro-organisms or worms to help with the decomposition and others. Some allow you to add garden trimmings and vegetable peelings to the compost. This Sun-Mar composting toilet site provides an overview on the various types of compositing toilets they sell. Another site, composting toilet world, has a vast amount of information on the subject – put together by envirolet, another compositing toilet maker. Here is another site that makes solar composting toilets.
Toilets often make up a significant percentage of water usage in a typical home if composting toilets became widespread we could see a significant reduction in water usage. Reduced sewage would reduce nutrient flows into river and oceans and subsequent rejuvenation of the many “dead areas” in some coastal waters from excessive nutrient pollution.
As the world’s climate “shifts hits the fan” maybe we can then begin to open our minds on seeing human waste as a vast untapped resource of natural fertilizers.
The naturalhome.com has some good information on the composting toilets and has an online shopping cart for various composting toilet models. Finally, here is a great blog article at TheSietchBlog with engaging information, videos and discussion on composting toilets.