America Is Full of Poo

June 13, 2007 at 9:15 am 4 comments

Hey America, let’s put our poop to good use!

The EPA estimates that each year, one billion gallons of raw sewage are dumped into U.S. waters. That is 3000 gallons for each person in the United States. Composting toilets could conserve water and change this hazard into a valuable resource.

Just imagine all the freshwater we can save if we could get over the idea we all need a fancy porcelain crapper. Once we get over the “eewwwwwwwww” factor, we’ll see that there are ways to work with nature to make home made fertilizer. We can even go so far as two have a two-bucket poo-poo system:

Needed: Two buckets, a toilet seat, woodchips

1) Put toilet seat on bucket #1
2) Put woodchips in bucket # 2

Do your thing in bucket #1, and cover with woodchips. Wipe yer bum with strips of newspaper (much of what is reported is worthwhile of such use anyway, no?)

By the way… I am no angel. I’ve told my wife this is my next move and she promptly told me she will have no part of it. Methinks that transitioning to a culture that doesn’t trash the earth will take a lot more convincing, and bringing home a bouquet of flowers with a composting toilet isn’t something she’s quite ready to receive yet.

And that’s crappy.

Build Your Own Composting Toilet


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeremy  |  June 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    You also need a bunch of woodchips that you dump the buckets into and compost in place for at least 6 months.

  • 2. M.Squirrel  |  June 16, 2007 at 1:54 am

    For those who would like a little more information on humanure, most of the HUMANURE HANDBOOK can be found online.

  • 3. Stephanienie  |  July 20, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Has your dearest seen any of the purchasable models? While the home-made version is much more frugal, the commercially-available composting toilets may make that transition a little easier on all involved.
    Not as pretty as porcelain IMO,but much easier on the conscience.

  • 4. Topher  |  July 11, 2008 at 6:30 am

    I have been using this system for 6 years now.

    If aestetics is a concern, I made a wooden toilet which is (IMHO) much nicer than ANY porcelain version. A skilled furniture maker could no doubt improve on it substantially.

    My sweetie has no problems with it (as long as I change the buckets promptly).

    I recommend fine green (fresh) hardwood sawdust. My compost wasn’t great when I used pine chips and dust, but it is cooking with fine oak sawdust. It is well worth finding a supply. As long as cost isn’t a factor, I would use toilet paper (from recycled paper) over newspaper.


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