Toilet Diaries, or how to save the planet

Composting toilets, the single simplest thing you can do to reduce the impact you have on the planets resources; plus you get fantastic compost for your garden. There is no need for me to rewrite a book that is already written so follow the link and order your copy now. Or download it for free.

I did think it would be worth tracking the progress of our composting toilet though, if only for my own record. At the moment we are running one toilet which is used by two people everyday and visitors as and when they feel the need; I know they use it as I have found myself explaining the mechanics of it to interested people, normally because they can’t believe that there is no smell even though we are collecting on mass the previous days food!

We are currently on our second composting pile if only because the first one I made, out of old car tyres, was a little small; however it is full and is now in a state of rest and turning turds into top soil. Our second pile was built in May 2012 and has provided storage for the summers offerings and is still less than three quarters full and that includes all non human processed waste items such as veg trimmings, weeds from the garden, uneaten food (not very often), paper, cardboard and even dead mice. With space to spare and the on-going composting process then I’m more than sure that this pile will last for the rest of the year.

The real beauty of  the system is its simplicity, the only added requirement over a standard  toilet is a ready supply of a cover material (we use sawdust) and about 5 minutes of time once a week to empty the poo onto the pile.

Remember every time you use a composting toilet you are not only saving the water you don’t flush, about 10 litres on average; you are also saving the additional resources used to clean that water before it can be sent off to sea or sent back into the system for us to use again.


The story so far

A quick and easy way to find out how we got to where we are and what we are doing to get there. or you could take a look at the page Before the Blog which I’m updating all the time whilst I port my website over.

Of course I should be updating the blog, but if you know me its not likely to happen that often!

Please note that I have now closed down the website and all traffic will be forwarded back to the blog 🙂

Just testing

Just setting up the blog on the off-chance that I have the time and inclination to post anything.

The house is coming on slowly, we are still putting on the clay mix (3 parts sand, 1 part clay, 1 part chopped straw) two weeks after starting; ten hours a day. We are getting close to finishing the third wall so if all goes well we should have all external walls done by the end of the week (22nd September). Then we can start all over again with the lime render and get the exterior weather proofed before the cold weather and frost starts.

Windows are due at the end of the month, closly follwed by the doors, and with luck the building of an cooking range (piec or kuchnia in Polish).