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Would You Use a Composting Toilet?

As you may know, I'm a huge fan of green living practices. And so is my good pal FitSugar, who made me start thinking again about composting toilets.

I've used composting toilets many times in the past. In fact, my brother's house has one. Composting toilets use no water, so you don't have to flush. How does it work? Since your waste is mostly made up of water, a composting toilet helps evaporate that water, and what's left gets broken down into soil.

In case you were wondering (I know I was), a correctly installed and operating composting toilet shouldn't smell at all. Check out this video to learn more about them.

You can purchase composting toilets for your home or cabin. Want to see what they look like? Then

Check out these made by Sun-Mar. Some are self-contained, meaning they just contain the seat and an opening to a drum below that holds your waste. Others called central units, have seats in the bathroom, and shoots that go down to a separate holding tank.

Here's another video by a happy composting toilet user. This self-contained composting toilet holds all the waste, evaporates the water, so you're left with soil your lawn and flowers will love.

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ahles ahles 8 years
Seriously debated it for a house with septic issues.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
if i had a home & a yard, i'd use one.
bressica bressica 9 years
Wow, thank you so much for posting that video. My husband and I were just talking about getting a composting toilet to use in our home. We need to add a bathroom to a part of the house that will be difficult to service with conventional plumbing... this seems to be one possible solution. I was a bit sceptical, but the video helped! I am an avid gardener and already Vermiculture compost... seems like this may be the next "Green" step for our home and family. I am sure some people will say EWWW! But, I think it is great to do whatever part we can do to save resources. Thanks again!
nosierosie nosierosie 9 years
I definitely would get one of these!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Noooo...I don't think I could...
nikolem2 nikolem2 9 years
I'd totally do this! IMO one of the biggest problems with the environment is that people feel that they should not have to change their ways or be "inconvenienced" in any way. If we continue to think like this, we'll continue to use up all our resources and destroy the planet. I'd happily use a composting toilet--it's much more natural than current processes. I also compost food/yard waste in my yard already, and it's the natural, eco-friendly way to fertilize plants and soil.
maisiegirl maisiegirl 9 years
Yes; these toilets don't smell. My friends down in Santa Fe had one on their land when the were building their beautiful, eco-friendly home and they created a wonderful space, complete with bookshelves and it was a very pleasant bathroom environment without smelling. Now, another friend has purchased the composting toilet and it is on her land. We are so oblivious in this country in regard to our wasteful behavior. I've noted when I'm in New Mexico, many people are on septic systems, so they only flush when necessary and dispose of toilet tissue (for #1) in wastebaskets with lids. There is never any smell and I noticed that other people around the world use this system.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I would use one as long as it didn't smell!
ndc1 ndc1 9 years
I'd be open to it. My only concern about this and a gray water system is that our home uses a septic tank. Isn't the water generated by our showers/toilet/sinks necessary for the proper functioning of the septic tank? Then again, with composting toilets and a complete gray water system, could we shut off the septic system? Food for thought.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
I agree w/ the concept, but have to be honest and couldn't pull the trigger on this for my home...
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
After using one at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I'm open to it-it wasn't bad at all! I do live in the city so I'm not sure how practical that would be. Chesapeake Bay Foundation: One of the world's most energy-efficient buildings:
alayna alayna 9 years
nice concept, but not my kind of thing.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Sure - since it doesn't smell why not? - what's the cost of it?
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm going to have to say no to this one...
Linny Linny 9 years
i wonder if this could be adapted to be used in a boat so you didn't have to get a pump out. the current system on our boat can really smell sometimes, but that's when it hasn't been emptied in a while in the summer. that's probably too much info.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
The idea is great but honestly I don't think I'd have one in my home.
heidihaute heidihaute 9 years
Hmmm.. Dunno about that!
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