mardi 30 mars 2010

Composting... human waste?

I like reading The Organic Sister's blog because it allows me to vicariously live out my semi-latent hippie-wannabe tendencies. But humanure? I don't know if I could do it.

[...] The benefits of a composting toilet are amazing. Some of them include:
  • No water. Zero. Zilch. When you consider that, at best, you are flushing 3 gallons of clean water down the drain several times per day and when the lack of such sanitary water is attributable to 25 million deaths a year, 60% of whom are children…well, flush toilets seem pretty pompous.
  • No smell. Seriously. If done properly, there will be no discernible odor. Which is more than I can say for some flush toilets.
  • Less cleaning, which means less harmful chemicals. How many environmentally-conscious people out there still resort to something nasty to clean their stained toilet bowls? Especially if you “let it mellow”, the ring around the toilet can be disgusting to look at and impossible to remove without bleach.
  • No splash back. Because could there be anything worse?
  • No flush. The composting toilet is quiet when you’re worried about waking a household…or alerting guests as to what you’re doing.
  • Compost. After proper, easy composting you’re left with rich humus for the garden.
She does make it seem like such a simple thing, like it's no big deal... I suppose a system like that could work if we lived out in the country - and we kept a flush toilet for our guests at least!

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