Is it the end? Or maybe it’s really the beginning? Or perhaps it’s all part of a circular journey! What we’re talking about is compost of course; it’s the end of the compost toilet process – turning human faeces into nutritious compost, but in many ways it’s the beginning of another process – putting humus, nutrients,[…]Read more
When we decided to install a composting toilet in our shed, the easy option would have been just to get the luxurious Separett Villa 9010 (we have a 12 volt, solar-powered battery in there already), or even the functional Separett Weekend, but in an effort to understand what our customers might have to do, I[…]Read more
For a few years, I’ve been following the ‘Tiny House Movement’ in the USA, led by Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Off the back of that, several blogs have sprung up, one, the aptly named ‘Tiny House Blog‘ is managed by Kent Griswold. In this interview, Kent tells us about his background[…]Read more
This doesn’t just work, it works brilliantly! As I write this, it’s been over six weeks since the DIY compost loo became operational, so I feel it’s a good time to take stock and tell you how it’s been performing. A Quiet Revolution In the part 2, I recounted the problems of buffeting from using[…]Read more
Do you need approval to compost ‘humanure’ on your land? Can you dispose of human urine without a permit? Our guide which contains information from the UK Environment Agency will hopefully answer all your questions! In a nutshell, as long as the compost toilet is used as part of a domestic dwelling and the ‘waste’[…]Read more
An article in Scientific American (published July 2010) states that “Researchers say our liquid waste not only promotes plant growth as well as industrial mineral fertilisers, but also would save energy used on sewage treatment.” Well, we certainly won’t disagree with that conclusion. The article goes on to describe the use of urine separating toilets,[…]Read more
So in Part One, we ended the blog post with the realisation that a few mistakes had been made! No problem, I always knew this was a prototype and that learning by doing (and making the mistakes) would help me understand the whole process better, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it[…]Read more
Although aimed at a younger audience, this video helps everyone understand how a typical (food and garden waste) compost heap works.