Compost toilets articles

May
27
2018
Lesley Anderson

The simplest DIY compost toilet

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For several years I lived in a tent in woodland and I never really readjusted to this business of flushing poo away with clean drinking water. Besides, I have always liked to feel I am dealing with my own… stuff, both figuratively and literally. So when we moved into our current house a composting toilet was first project on the list. Read more …

Apr
29
2018
Feidhlim Harty

Why flushing away ‘waste’ water is a bad idea, and what better options exist

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Like many things in modern life, the vast majority of our current water and wastewater infrastructure is completely dependent upon fossil energy to keep the toilets flushed and the taps running. Read more …

Jan
12
2018
Steve Hanson

How to get 500 hot showers from your compost heap!

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I guess most people wonder what showers and compost have to do with each other, being showered with compost is probably not anyone’s idea of being cleaned. However there is a perfectly valid connection and it’s one we have been exploiting now for four years and to good effect. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Jul
27
2017
Scarlett Penn

Taking the pee: is urine a good fertiliser?

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Many of us consider our urine to be a waste product, which we flush out of our lives with purified drinking water. Even with a low-flush toilet the average person may use about 40L of treated water a day to whisk away their wee. The eco and cash cost of sanitising water for drinking is huge, so to recklessly contaminate and flush it is, in both senses, taking the piss. Read more …

Dec
16
2015
Patrick Boylan

Can I have a compost loo instead of a chemical toilet in a camper van or a narrowboat?

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First of all, why would you want to do that in the first place? Well, it’s because of the toxic nature of the chemicals used in chemical toilets – but we’ll blog about that later. For now, let’s talk about whether there’s an alternative. Read more …

Aug
4
2014
Dave Darby

An example of Joe Jenkins’ ‘humanure’ composting toilet system, used successfully for 9 years

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Our friend Lee has been using a ‘humanure’ compost toilet system, made famous by Joe Jenkins in his book the Humanure Handbook, for over 9 years. I interviewed him to find out how it’s going. Read more …

May
16
2014
Dave Darby

Opportunity for low-impact person in the Loire valley

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We’ve been approached by a very nice man called Rod Harper, who has never used a computer in his life, and so asked us for help in finding someone to rent his property in the Loire Valley. Read more …

Oct
21
2013
Richard Higgins

Revolutionary super-fast composting technique

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Lowimpact.org: Hi Richard – you run courses and sell products related to a revolutionary new superfast composting technique. What is this idea and where does it come from? Read more …

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