Eco Tip #3 Waterless & Wonderful
Sustainable living is a one-way ticket. No one way of living in a way that saves the environment fits everybody's needs, and our particular requirements are as varied as things can get: From your work, your location, costs, and even your government, there are dozens of things you need to take into account when considering changing lifestyles.
If you're reading this, you probably read our article on incinerating toilets and how they can help you live off the grid. You're also likely thinking about alternative ways to dispose of your home's waste, which in itself is worthy of applause.
However, things can get pretty dirty, pretty fast.
So, how do composting toilets work?
If you're considering purchasing, or even building a composting toilet, consider this a starting point instead of a comprehensive guide. We are not here to tell you everything there is about these devices, but to help you understand what to look for when fidgeting with this idea.
There are many nuances to composting toilets, but they're basically a dry (no-flush) toilet that turns waste into compost, decomposing organic matter by exposing it to microorganisms, like bacteria and fungi. The organic byproduct can be used to enrich the place's soil and be beneficial for the local flora, although this material (unlike the one generated by incinerating toilets) isn't harmless. Depending on the type of composting toilet, your's might have a separate urine diversion system to reduce humidity and require different maintenance routines. It might also be subject to various local regulations regarding how to dispose of the final products, depending on where you are.
Are they convenient for families of four, one of them a teacher, and with a Cocker Spaniel?
It isn't easy to figure out whether a composting toilet is ideal for your lifestyle. These devices can be satisfactory to owners, particularly if you're a big fan of giving back to Earth or continuously deal with gardens and farms. People also use them in settings such as national parks, holiday cottages, ecotourism suites, off-grid houses, and developing nations where water is scarce.
Unlike incinerating toilets, which require electricity and maintenance to work, composting toilets require a (literal) hands-on approach in exchange for being even more comfortable to sustain off-grid, which might be a turn-off for those more accustomed to purity and cleanliness. On the other hand, off-grid has its benefits for a different kind of user.
When investigating alternative types of toilets, it's always good to have your needs figured out. It's good to understand your monetary capabilities, location, the regulations of your place, as well as to be exposed to the product you're looking into. We recommend you to start reading about incinerating toilets, find a way to talk to someone that owns a similar toilet to the one you're thinking of getting, and figure out the regulations of where you live.
See you next time, and stay off-grid!