Eco Tip #2 What are Incinerating Toilets

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I know what you're thinking. Some things just shouldn't be set on fire.

It's hard to argue with sound logic. However, did you know that incinerating toilets, apart from existing ever since literal centuries ago, are completely odourless, can help you become more self-sustainable, and can be taken anywhere?

So please, read away to learn more about this fascinating development in human waste disposal.

Living off-grid without cutting out on comfort

Let's start with the concept. Incinerating toilets take electricity and use it to turn waste (including toilet paper) into surprisingly small amounts of bacteria-free ash. They work without producing unpleasant odours and using zero water. Basically, after you go about your business, the toilet collects waste in a special tank.

How much does it cost?

According to Incinolet product literature (Research Products/Blankenship), a four-user electric incinerating toilet costs $2,300; an eight-user device costs $2,700, with a natural gas-burning unit running at $2,590.

Is it right for me?

If you're finding yourself in need of an incinerating toilet, you might want to think about whether they are right for your lifestyle. They, of course, have multiple benefits, but also remember that:

●     The produced waste, which is harmless and odourless, but also useless (unlike in composting toilets), needs to be manually removed and disposed of regularly.

●     They have the same cleaning needs as a regular toilet.

●     They will (like just about every product) eventually need replacement of individual parts and routine maintenance.

●     They'll increase your energy bill.

Conclusion

An incinerating toilet is a great way to save on water, take it anywhere if you often move, live off-grid without waste disposal becoming a permanent struggle, and rely on green electricity if you have the means of capturing it. You should do your own analysis to make sure this is the right fit for you, but, for now, it's amazing that you are considering the possibility of owning one.

In our next article (and our last on bathrooms), we’ll be covering composting toilets, another interesting, sustainable alternative. Stay tuned for this, and for more articles on eco-friendly trends!

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