Eco-Loo compost toilet in a strawbale roundhouse

I delivered an Eco-Loo Cottage compost toilet to Janta and Merav, who have created a place called Karuna in Shropshire. Although they’ve been resident on the site since 2007, in the last couple of years, they obtained planning permission to build a strawbale, green roof roundhouse.

Compost toilet at Karuna
Merav was incredibly excited to have a toilet in the new house!

Since moving onto the 16 acre site, they have planted over 9,000 trees and are demonstrating and living the future through forest gardening, permaculture and sustainable practices.

Until now, they’ve been using a simple but effective ‘long drop’ style compost toilet, but being outside, means getting to it, especially when it’s dark, wet and cold, can be a struggle. Janta says he’ll still use his outside loo with a view, but Merav will benefit greatly from having an indoor toilet!

Merav chose the ‘untreated’ Eco-Loo Cottage with solid oak toilet seat. Once fully installed, they’ll be applying a few coats of Tung oil to protect and enhance the wood.

Sadly, we’re no longer making compost toilets. You can purchase urine separators to make your own, such as the Separett Privy that can be purchased online from WooWoo Waterless Toilets. You can also find out more about the products we used to make here.


    • In most cases, I suggest people run the urine outside through appropriate pipework, to a small soak-away pit. This is a small (50x50x50cm ish) hole, filled with gravel etc. The urine flows into the top and the material provides a large surface area to slow its flow. Naturally-occurring soil bacteria will feed off the nitrogen (food) in the urine and convert it to mainly water.
      The amount of urine the soak-away is having to deal with is very small – typically 1.5 – 2 litres a day for most people, spread out over several visits. If you’re in the UK, the Environment Agency are OK with any discharge to the ground of under 10 litres a day, provided you are at least 10 metres away from a water course etc.

      Small soak-away for urine diverting toilet

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