If you’re thinking about installing a composting toilet you’re probably wondering to yourself “is this the right choice?” and “is it worth it?” and also probably “will our visitors think we’re weirdos”?
We understand these concerns and trust us when we say almost all our customers have them at some stage in their journey towards installing a composting toilet in their home. It’s perfectly natural to have questions and concerns about something that’s not ‘mainstream’ (although humans have been utilising excrement for fertilizer for hundreds, if not thousands of years) so we thought we would put together a great big list of reasons why we love composting toilets – and you should too!
Composting toilets save bucket loads of water!
Let’s face it, we live on the driest continent on earth (besides Antarctica) so saving water is something we should all be passionate about. Your average Aussie family will flush roughly one swimming pool’s worth of perfectly good drinking water down the toilet every year. Image if one in ten families saved that water – how much of the precious commodity would we save every year?
There’s not a lot of water to go around (check out the image below) so saving drinking water where we can is something we should all be thinking about and trying to do something about. One of the easiest ways to save a bucket load of water every year is to install a composting toilet in your home!
No gross toilet brushes
We’re going to be honest here, toilet brushes are probably one of the grossest things in your home (second only to your fly swat and possibly the dog poo shovel) and the great thing about composting toilets is you won’t need to have one next to your toilet to clean off mudslides and skidmarks. Because of the design of composting toilets, most waste goes straight down into the chamber so there’s nowhere for anything to get stuck.
No more plungers, blocked pipes or backups
If you’ve ever had a toilet that gets’s blocked you know what a nightmare it can be to get it sorted. Usually, your first port of call is to check the cistern, when that doesn’t work you check the u-bend – after that there’s usually some swearing and cursing, wet floors and sore hands and if you’re lucky a plumber will find the blockage with a drain snake (Murphy’s law states the blockage will usually be halfway down your yard, under a cement slab or some other difficult place to get to!) With a composting toilet, all that hassle goes away. A simple concept and design mean less moving parts for things to go wrong.
You will never have to jiggle the button again
We’ve all had them – those temperamental toilets that run after you flush, or even better, the ones that randomly start running in the middle of the night. Never again will you have to climb out of your warm bed in the middle of winter to jiggle the button of a running toilet.
No more Poseidon's Kiss
Not much needs to be said about this one. We’ll just leave this here.
There’s no sound
This is more of a personal thing, but lots of people get a little self conscious when they go to the bathroom. The sounds we all make can make some of us laugh, some of us screw up our faces in horror and others turn beetroot red. One of the things we love about composting toilets is there’s no splashing or tinkling sounds so you can go to the bathroom like a ninja and no-one will be the wiser, AND you won’t announce to everyone you’ve just been by flushing it!!
You’re getting away from the system
This starts getting into the whole off-grid lifestyle thing. The great thing about composting toilets is that you start taking a little bit of ownership over yours and your families waste. This takes you off the system for plumbed in water-based toilets and puts the responsibility back on you.
It changes your attitude towards, well everything!
By thinking about your impact on the environment and taking control of your own waste disposal and saving water to boot, this can give you an interesting perspective on life, how to live and how we should be treating Mother Earth.