Eco-friendly toilets for any location
Composting toilets provide a ‘go-anywhere’ solution for even the most remote or environmentally sensitive location. Or it can just provide an eco-friendly solution for a toilet in your garden office!
Why composting toilets are eco-friendly
Composting toilets benefit the environment every time you use one, in three main ways.
1. Minimal resources
Eco-friendly composting toilets are self-contained, and require very little resources.
Composting toilets are waterless, so you don’t need a water supply connected to it. Contrast that to the average home flushing toilet. Dual flush toilets use between 4-6 litres of water. Older style toilets can use up to 13 litres of water per flush.
- No mains drainage required
In a suburban home, your black water waste usually runs into mains drainage. This in turn leads (ultimately) to a sewage facility, where the solids are removed and the water cleaned. This takes time and energy to do. Even if your home has a septic tank, this will require emptying at intervals to ensure it work properly.
A composting toilet requires no drainage of any sort. Liquid waste can be simply diluted and poured away, and solid waste is converted into nutrient-rich compost. So it is ideal for locations where installing mains drainage would be costly, and/or disrupt the local environment.
- Mains power not always required
Our Nature’s Head® composting toilets feature a small computer fan which is used to aerate the solid waste and drive any humidity through the vent pipe to the outside world. The draw on this fan is so low it can be powered with a small solar panel and a rechargeable battery.
2. Minimal impact
Composting toilets work by the all-natural process of composting. Solid waste is converted to compost through natural decomposition, exactly like how a garden compost system works – but without any smell!
- No chemicals or additives
Composting is a natural process so no chemicals or additives are required to make it happen. Instead, you simply add pre-moistened coir to your toilet after emptying, to kick-start the process. The fan keeps the compost aerated and regular turns of the handle after each use helps the composting process. All waste produced is safe and suitable for disposal in the environment.
- No pumping or waste treatments required
Unlike many portable toilet solutions, a composting toilet requires no pumping or draining of waste water, waste storage tanks or post-use chemical cleaning. You don’t need special facilities to dispose of waste, nor do you require contractors to come and dispose of it in tankers or trucks.
3. Giving back to the environment
The by-products of a composting toilet are simply human urine and a safe, rich, odourless compost, known as humanure. Both can be used as natural fertilisers in your garden or indeed any open land when buried (check local regulations first).
- Diluted urine is a great source of nitrogen that all plants will love.
- The humanure is superb for enriching soil and as a nutrient-rich compost around ornamental plants (especially roses), flowering trees and on lawns. We recommend you add it to your normal compost heap to enrich that, and then use on plants the next season.
- It is not recommended to use ‘fresh’ humanure around edible plants where the compost comes into direct contact with the part you eat, but around fruit trees and bushes, it should be fine.
Found other uses for your humanure?
Let us know– we’re always eager to hear how people use it!
What locations require eco-friendly toilets?
Eco-toilets such as composting toilets are ideal for remote locations or environmentally sensitive areas where regular toilets and their infrastructure would have an adverse effect. So, composting toilets are ideal for national parks, nature reserves, and mountainous or rugged terrain.
Call us for advice on the best solution for your situation – we’re happy to help.