The flush toilet – a metaphor for the civilisation we are living in.

Paul Kingsnorth is a Booker prize-nominated writer, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project and a ‘recovering environmentalist’. In a very interesting and detailed documentary about his life and work, that takes a long-form look at his ideas about collapse, spiritual ecology and emptying compost toilets, he made the following comment: The flush toilet is a…

Choosing the right size solar panel and battery

I was often asked to help choose the most appropriate size of solar panel and battery to run the fan in an off-grid compost toilet. Where fitted, the fan in a compost toilet is used to extract odours and to assist in moisture control (an important and often overlooked aspect where toilets are used in…

What’s the best cover material for a compost toilet?

Some compost toilets don’t need any cover material at all. This is because they use a fan to actively remove odours and help regulate the moisture content of the solids container. However, they might still benefit from an organic soak material in the bottom of the solids container to absorb any excess liquid that might…

How to prepare your compost toilet for use – cover and soak material

If you have a DIY compost toilet or a ready-made one that doesn’t have a ventilation fan for odour control, then you’ll need to use a cover material and also add a ‘soak’ in the bottom of the solids container. In this video, you’ll see the basic principles of what you need to do. You…

Eco-Loo compost toilet in a strawbale roundhouse

We delivered an Eco-Loo Cottage 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. Since moving onto the 16 acre site, they have planted over 9,000…

Three Tiny Holiday Homes, Three Eco-Loo Compost Toilets…

Early in 2017, Eco-Loo were excited to be contacted by an existing customer (Airsteam Holidays on the Isle of Wight) about a new project they were engaged in. They were building three ‘tiny homes’ as holiday rentals and as they would be off-grid, they were looking for three Eco-Loo compost toilets to go in them!…