Eco-Loo compost toilets:
the story…

Eco-Loo (not to be confused with Eco-Loos.com and entirely different company that we have no association with), stopped making compost toilet base units in September 2018. For a while, the brand operated under the wing of Kildwick Ltd, however with the closure of their UK business in February 2019, all production ceased §.

Having started in 2013 our handmade toilets were initially sold through The Little House Company and branded GudLoo, later Eco-Loo.

The Little House Company sold the Separett Privy urine diverters and people started asking if they could get a wooden base to put the Privy into (it’s not difficult to make a base, but not everyone has the time or skills) and hence a product was born from that need.

Initially two models were made, the GudLoo Model A and Model B. The difference was one diverted the urine to an external soak-away pit and the other captured it in a container within the toilet. When the GudLoo name was dropped in preference to Eco-Loo, the models were renamed the Eco-Loo Divert and Eco-Loo Capture.

The Separett Privy diverters were used until Kildwick launched their own, white, ceramic-looking (although they were GRP) separaters – the Kildwick Kompact and later the Kildwick Klassic. This enabled the use of standard toilet seats, although it made the construction slightly more involved.

Up to the point when Kildwick took over, all products were completely handmade, starting with a simple but sturdy wooden frame, and matchboard cladding fixed over the top. This created a distinctive appearance which was enhanced with the optional Farrow & Ball colours.

Early prototype of an Eco-Loo Micro Capture. The whole carcass was built around the smallest containers we could source (which still giving useful capacity). In this case, the solids were around 14 litres and the liquid about 5 litres.

When Kildwick became involved, we used their existing birch plywood toilet base (the Kildwick Konstruct) with some enhancements (kick board around the base, optional mock tongue & groove appearance and solid oak seat and lid) to retain a distinctive appearance. Using the Kildwick base also meant that the ‘Capture’ and ‘Divert’ were based on the same parts and you could convert one to the other, if needed.

§ The Kildwick brand name, separator design etc was purchased from the liquidators by a German company who went on to manufacture the original Kildwick urine separator in plastic and have subsequently developed a range of flat-pack and ready-made compost toilets.

We’ve collected some photographs of the various compost toilets that were produced over the years.