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The simplest, cheapest and easiest compost toilet

Maybe you’re thinking about buying or building a compost toilet, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to make the leap and part with a lump of cash or spend a lot of time making something. What if you want to dip your toe in the waterless world of compost toilets and humanure to see if it will work for you, or simply don’t have the budget just yet for that lovely, shiny, all-singing compost toilet. Is There A Way To Get Started, To Get Some Experience Of The Process Under Your Belt At Really Low Cost? Yes, I think…

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 good metaphor for the civilisation we are living in. You crap into a pipe, you flush it away, and you never see it. You never have to deal with your own shit. And then you end up deep in it. Paul Kingsnorth Following from the…

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 smaller spaces). The use of a fan reduces or eliminates the need for a cover material in the toilet, and in most instances, the fan can be run from a 12-volt DC electricity source. But what size solar panel and battery will be right for…

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

Updated 27th March 2021 In a basic, simple compost toilet the perfect cover material does several things: adds carbon, which will work with the nitrogen in the faeces (and urine) to create a balanced mixture for subsequent composting in your compost pile/bin/heap. acts as a visual cover so people aren’t staring at poo! acts as a bio filter that will stop your loo smelling Some compost toilets, typically urine-separating models, don’t need any cover material at all according to the manufacturers. This is because they use a fan to actively remove odours and help regulate the moisture content of the…

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 can also find a more detailed discussion on the best cover materials for your compost toilet in this article. Please note that the toilet mentioned and shown in the video is no longer made.

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 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…

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! These tiny homes are so much more than glamping and offer a year-round comfortable and relaxing holiday in the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Wight. We painted each of them in different Farrow & Ball colours to give a different style and feeling to…