A composting toilet is a type of dry toilet, in that it does not use water to function. Instead, it treats human waste via a biological process which is commonly known as composting. They exist as an alternative to the flushing toilet. They can be considered more eco-friendly because of not flushing and using or wasting water in that way. We shall explore just what the advantages are of this kind of toilet and why we should buy one for our home. They are becoming increasing popular in home, mobile home situations, and boating situations. The modern models are much better than the older types used to be. Now that they are much more user-friendly, let us explore just what advantages they have to offer the householder at home and on holiday.
This is the number one reason for buying a composing toilet, the fact that it is eco-friendly and kind to the environment. Composting toilets are eco-friendly for two reasons: one, they use little if any water; and two, they have the facility to recycle waste into the environment for use as a fertilizer. Compost is good for soil because it makes it more fertile, which in turn grows plants that are healthy for the environment. Those living around more plants are breathing in a better quality of air, as these plants, through a process known as photosynthesis, produce oxygen. The surplus of that oxygen is released into the environment for us all to breathe.
To become further eco-friendly, that is to go beyond saving water and adding extra oxygen into the air via the plants you have encouraged to grow, why not use the compost produced to independently grow your own food? Whether it be potatoes, cabbages, peas, carrots, or a variety of beans. Homegrown versus processed food always tastes better. It is healthier for you, too. Your neighbours will marvel at your eco-friendly lifestyle and in time join you. It will create a mutual topic of conversation.
For those on a water meter, composting toilets are cheap to run because they do not use the quantity of water that it takes to flush a conventional toilet. Older conventional toilets will typically use 5 to 7 gallons per flush. Even low-flush models will use around 1.6 gallons. Then, if we consider that the average person will flush their toilet at least five times per day, that gives us some idea how much water is being used by a typical household. The amount can be multiplied by a whole family. All this water and cost, where water is metered, can be saved by owning a composting toilet. When calculating the water used, this is not considering, either, that those who work from home will be using the toilet more than those who attend a workplace. It makes sense to save the water by looking at alternative ways of servicing our toileting needs.
Uses Beyond the Home
Apart from being able to take advantage of a composting toilet inside your home, it also, due to its portable nature, is beneficial for a second or smaller home, a caravan, or even inside a boat. They are so versatile. They are odour free, too, so pleasant to use in any environment that you might desire to use it.
So, many reasons to consider a composting toilet if you do not have one already. If you do, perhaps one in every bathroom location might be an idea. They benefit the environment in that they save on water by working in a completely different way to conventional toilets, save on water bills where a meter is used, and have many uses in that they can be installed in any location desired. Your guests will be impressed, rather than horrified one would hope, that you are embracing the message of saving the planet, and that you have adopted, perhaps ahead of time in many people’s cases, something that future generations will one day come to view as a necessity.