Here’s an artistic composting toilet from Emma Holister of http://www.art-margin.com/ — I can’t completely agree about compost toilets not smelling, having had two of them that did now and then smell… but they were not this kind.
Also, perhaps because I’ve lived in third world countries, or maybe I’m just more fussy than Emma, but I would not personally use humanure on veggies. Fruit trees, yes… I just like a little more distance from that compost!
These are small points, though. I completely agree with her comments about the need for such toilets worldwide.
For larger images, just click on any one of these pictures. —Zana
Here is our latest compost toilet. We’d have liked a different colour from white for the bucket, but as it was the only type we could find, we did the best we could.
Design Emma Holister
Construction David Roure
A few facts to remember about compost toilets:
1) They do not smell!! The organic cover material such as sawdust or dead leaves blocks all odours completely to the point where you can have your ravishing, state of the art toilet in the comfort of your bedroom and be done with long treks to the bathroom during the night.
2) By no longer using flush toilets you save about forty litres per person per day and become significantly more independent from the costly, wasteful and polluting water grid. Say goodbye forever to costly plumbing, toxic sewage and septic tanks.
3) You show your friends and family that people in rich countries are capable of taking responsibility for the environment by sharing knowledge that will resolve the most serious problems in poor countries ravaged by epidemics caused by lack of adequate sanitation. This type of toilet is the solution to the world wide problem of water pollution and water scarcity.
4) By applying the simple composting methods taught in ‘The Humanure Handbook’ by Joe Jenkins you can produce your own top quality compost to use either on your own vegetable garden or to sell to local compost dealers.
This is quite a worthwhile book! I’ve read it a couple of times. click on the image to find out more at Amazon. — Zana