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 […]
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.
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 […]
There’s a lot of advantages to having a composting toilet that diverts urine either into a separate receptacle or into a drainage system on a caravan, boat or RV (motorhome). Standard composting toilets will have a ventilation system where moisture can escape, allowing the compost heap to dry out a little. If moisture doesn’t have the opportunity to escape your compost heap can become too moist and this can lead the toilet to smell and the composting process being stifled. How Urine Diversion Systems Work This is a very simple concept to wrap your head around. Sun-Mar GTG has specially designed catchment area in the front of the toilet to catch urine and then divert this to either a separate container (great for boats, caravans and motorhomes) or to a gravel absorption trench if you have it installed in a holiday home, tiny home or pool shed. Why Divert Urine? There are a few different reasons as to why you may want to divert the urine from your composting toilet either into another container or a trench. Whilst most people aren’t quite up to the NASA standards of recycling urine to turn it into drinking water, there are many people who live an off-grid or sustainable lifestyle that understand recycling our waste to turn it into something useful is not only common sense, but great for the planet and our communities. Did you know that two of the basic components of commercial fertilizer is nitrogen and phosphorous? These are the same two elements that are common in urine. Seems a little crazy to us here in the Ecoflo office that we flush litres of this down the toilet every day, then go to Bunnings on the weekend to buy it in powdered or liquid form! In simple terms what we’re doing here is breaking the nutrient cycle whilst costing us more money and killing off the environment in the process! One of the easiest ways to recycle your urine is to use it on your garden. The high traces of nitrogen and phosphorus in urine make it an excellent natural fertilizer for your garden (just make sure you dilute it with water before using on your garden). The uric acid that is present in urine can also help to accelerate the decomposition of the composting heap in your garden. There’s a bunch of information on the web about the uses of urine if you’re really interested so take the time to check them out. Do I need a urinary diversion device? The short answer is – No. If you purchase a GTG composting toilet these all have a urine diversion device built into the system so you won’t need to purchase an external unit to provide urine diversion.