One of the main attractions of our composting toilets is the fact that they are an environmentally friendly option. However, it’s not just the function that makes them an ecologically sound choice – we have put a lot of hard work into making sure that their construction is just as green.
Whichever of our toilets you choose – whether it’s the basic portable composting toilet box or a larger, complete cabin version like the Timber Arc Composting Toilet – we strive to use recycled and sustainable materials wherever possible.
The timber we use is sourced locally, from sustainable woodlands where more trees are planted for every one that’s felled. We frequently use larch, cedar and douglas fir, but we have access to a range of timber to suit different styles and requirements.
The most important part of the composting toilet is the urine separator. Keeping the urine separate from the rest of the waste is the key to a good, smell-free composting toilet; it’s also usable as a fertiliser in its own right when diluted with water. We were unable to find an existing product that met our requirements, so we designed the separator we use ourselves, and it’s made from recycled plastic for maximum sustainability.
The next most important part of the toilet is, of course, the collection device. You may be surprised to learn that most of our toilets collect the humanure in a standard wheelie bin – but it’s a perfect design as it’s leak proof, rodent proof, easy to move and empty, and – mass produced as it is – cheap. You can expect many years of service from your humble wheelie bin, and when you’re using it as a composting container that’s no different.
For composting toilets with a lower usage level, you can replace the wheelie bin with a standard bucket – again, mass produced and cheap, but effective and with a long life expectancy.
Because we’re generally supplying composting toilets to sites without electricity or running water, as standard, that’s all there is to it – recycled plastic, sustainable timber and an ordinary wheelie bin or bucket, combining to create something that’s practical, beautiful and fantastically friendly to the environment.