• 30 Mar

    What are the toilet options for tiny homes?

    If you’ve ever spent a few hours decluttering a room in your home, you know the satisfaction that comes from putting everything in its place and making space. Often this requires smart storage solutions and thinking cleverly about the usable space you have available in your home.  This process is exasperated when you have a tiny home as often you will need to use the available space you have to its best potential, including your bathroom. There are many different descriptions of what is the ‘official’ term for a tiny home. Often, tiny homes are classified as a home that’s been built on a trailer of some sort and is transportable. This is different to a small house as small homes generally range between 90 to 150 square metres and are set in the property like a traditional home, just smaller.  Whilst there are many crossovers between tiny homes and a small house, the ability to transport tiny homes is the defining feature of a true tiny home. What toilet options are available for tiny homes? As we’ve mentioned above, tiny homes are typically built on a trailer frame or designed to be able to move about. It’s worth noting that tiny homes aren’t designed to be moved around like a caravan or motorhome. The difference with a tiny home is that once you’ve moved it, it’s really designed to stay in the one place for a considerable period of time as moving often becomes cost prohibitive.  Given tiny homes are designed to be moved, it’s likely that plumbing your tiny home into town water isn’t going to be an option. Living in a tiny home is a way to move towards living off the grid and being more self-sufficient and one aspect of this mindset is saving water where possible.  Water is heavy and requires a lot of space to store, so many tiny homes have limited capacity for storing water. Some tiny homes will give you the option to connect to a hose system (from town water) or to connect to an external water tank somewhere on the land or property.  Flushing Toilet Whilst it’s technically possible to install a flushing toilet into a tiny home, this isn’t a viable option as you either need to plumb it directly into the grid so your black water (human waste) is transported away or you will need to have a portable septic system to store black water in.  This quickly becomes an untenable solution as plumbing your tiny home into the grid greatly disables your ability to move your home around (the whole concept behind tiny homes) and sewerage or septic systems require a lot of water usage and storage.  Pros Waste is flushed away You don’t have to deal with waste Cons You will need to plumb your toilet into town water If not connected to the grid, considerable water storage is needed You’re not able to move your home easily if plumbed in Caravan or cassette toilet Some people opt for a caravan toilet (sometimes called a cassette toilet) however they soon realise they’re restricted by the amount […]

  • 22 Oct

    Why the Sun-Mar™ GTG Toilet is the perfect composting caravan toilet

    The great open roads the average Australian caravanner or RV’ers traverse gives them a lot of time on the road between destinations. As you eat up the miles, it’s inevitable you also eat up the snacks. When those snacks make their way through your digestive tract, they have to go somewhere. 

  • 28 Sep

    Why are compost toilets good for the environment?

    Sometimes, it seems the world is in chaos. Rainforests burning. Water systems poisoned. Land being cleared for non-sustainable farming practices. Even though sometimes doing your bit to help our mother earth might seem a little overwhelming, there are things you can do that may seem small, but have a significant impact on our environment.  Installing a composting toilet is just one way you can do your part to help the environment, and the best thing is that once it’s installed, there’s very little maintenance and upkeep required. Our range of Sun-Mar composting toilets will help the environment in a multitude of ways which we have outlined below.  Composting toilets save you water – a lot of water  The amount of water you save will depend on how many people are using your composting toilet and your lifestyle. Suppose, for example, you have four people in your household (let’s say two adults and two children) and one or both adults work from home. In that case, a composting toilet installed in this household will save much more water than in a sharehouse where four adults work out of the home for several hours every day.    Installing a composting toilet can save upwards of 35,000 litres of water every single year.    Just think if your entire street were to install composting toilets, how much water that would save every year. Now think about your entire suburb or city, and you can quickly see how installing a composting toilet will help us save such a precious commodity like water.  Considering the dams around Brisbane (at the time of writing) are sitting at 59%, it makes a lot of sense to consider installing a composting toilet in your house to do your part in saving water in the driest continent on earth. Composting toilets reduce our reliance on chemical processing of human waste. If you start looking into the way a modern city processes waste, you may be surprised at the number of chemicals used. All too often as a society, we flush our waste away without giving a second thought as to where it goes or what happens to it when it gets there.  Wastewater treatment plants use a wide range of chemicals to treat wastewater including insoluble oils, silicones, alcohols, stearates and glycols. Whilst we have agencies like the Department of Environment and Science that handles what levels of chemicals and waste are appropriate, chemical treatments will always have some impact on the environment.   Operators are licensed under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to discharge treated wastewater at an acceptable environmental standard into waterways; however, acceptable levels does not mean zero impact.  If you’re looking for a way to remove yourself from the process of treating wastewater with chemicals and that water then being discharged into our water systems, a composting toilet is the only way to break this cycle.  Composting toilets help you break away from your reliance on the grid If you’re looking for a way to reduce your reliance on municipal services like wastewater, a composting toilet is a great way to do it. Not only will […]

  • 15 Aug

    What are the best waterless toilets for tiny houses?

    Many Australians are turning towards tiny homes to help them live a lifestyle that isn’t locked into huge debt, massive mortgages and high yearly expenses for electricity, water and rates, etc.  Tiny homes have seen a huge uptake in popularity in the past few years and it’s not surprising. More and more people are looking to remove their dependency on town water, electricity and municipal services like sewerage and wastewater removal. With tiny homes being, well… tiny, it’s super important to utilise space as best you can so it makes sense to find a composting toilet that’s small enough to fit into the space you have available but will suit your needs when it comes to managing waste.  First things first, let’s talk about smells There are questions we get asked regularly at Ecoflo… ‘Do composting toilets smell?’ ‘Can you smell poo when you use a composting toilet?’ among other questions. Don’t worry, you can’t phase us, we’ve heard all the questions when it comes to composting toilets and the dreaded topic of ‘poo smells’.  The bottom line is that composting toilets don’t smell if used correctly. If your composting toilet smells, this is an indication that you’re doing something wrong or there’s an issue with your pile.  Common factors for composting toilets smelling:- Your exhaust fan has stopped working Your exhaust fan is not working to full capacity You’re not adding enough organic matter after each use There is too much liquid in your composting pile You’ve killed the bacteria and micro-organisms in your composting pile by:- Allowing your pile to become too cold Using harsh chemical cleaners There could be something blocking your exhaust vent (foreign matter, birds/wasps nest, etc) The benefits of a composting toilet in a tiny home Because a composting toilet is a fully self-sufficient waste management system, there’s typically no need for council approvals or large connection fees associated with connecting to sewage systems or septic tanks.  As many tiny homes are built on trailers so they’re movable, it makes sense to have a toilet system that doesn’t require you to disconnect a whole bunch of services (like water, electricity and waste) before you can pack up and move.  Let’s look at some loos! OK… now that we’ve covered a few of the things you will want to consider in a tiny home when it comes to toilets, let’s take a look at some models.  The Sunmar GTG Toilet This is an ultra-compact composting toilet that’s been purposefully designed for boats, caravans and tiny homes. It’s sleek look and unlimited capacity makes it a great choice for tiny homes. This is a vented toilet so there’s no smell and you will need access to power to run the fan system (can easily be hooked up to solar – see our Electrical and Solar page for more info). Some quick points about the Sunmar GTG:- Easy to use Sleek design Unlimited capacity Easy to install Can be hooked up to solar Self-contained unit Separates solids and liquids View Sunmar GTG   The Nature Loo Mini Another sleek little unit that will fit nicely into almost […]