Saturday, September 8, 2007

toilet talk

Opportunities abound for building sustainable sanitation networks with composting toilets. This summer I pursued a few of many possibilities with several humanure projects.
The sawdust and bucket toilet system was used to provide sanitary faciities at a local goat farm where I work milking and cheesemaking part time: The single stall toilet was constructed with locally available alder poles, peeled by goats, lashed together with recycled baling twine. The toilet serves workers, customers, and visitors at the weekly farm tour.
Another installation was at a local kayak camp where ten toilets were built with volunteers, serving campers who attend training workshops for sea kayaking. The cost for ten Porta-Potties would have costg the camp owners about $500 rental fee for a one-week camp. The composting toilets and stalls were constructed for $300, and will continue to serve the toilet camp's toilet needs for years. Compost will be used to nourish fruit, nut and berry bushes onsite. Hats off to the camp owners, David and Ginni, for their efforts promoting humanure harvesting:
Future blogs will explore similar efforts to conserve water, recycle plant nutrients, and provide sustainable sanitation with composting toilets.
Alternatively, Larry


Sarah Stewart said...

Hi Larry, found your new blog via Nancy-have fun with your blogs and toilets. I think you'd like New Zealand - we have some thing called 'long drops' which is basically a toilet that is a hole in the ground - yuck!! cheers Sarah

Dorine Ruter said...

Good luck with blogging, Larry!

Heather said...

I found your blog via the same link.

Very catchy title :) Have a great time with it- I hope you find some useful connections while writing online.

Nancy White said...

Ah, Larry, see the magic of our imaginary friends! I love that three people have already "found" you! I can't wait till you are back home and online to see the comments!


wonderosity said...

Hey Larry,
It was great having you at the Humanity 2.0 workshop. I hope this blog ends up being fun and connects you to new people, more than becoming a 'poopy' drag. (:

Hope we also can keep in touch through the H2.0 social site I've set up today over at