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Dry toilets: interests and uses

Each time a flush is flushed, twelve liters of drinking water are wasted. In one month it is the equivalent of 1500 liters per person that end at the bottom of the toilet. While water is becoming increasingly scarce, it seems important to consider another type of convenience. Dry toilets, also called compost or litter toilets, are emerging as a new ecological alternative to conventional waters. This week Tinkerbrief presents a different and modern design of the small corner with the dry toilets.

Ecological toilets

The time of the wooden cabin at the bottom of the garden and chamber pot is well and truly over. With dry toilets, you have a seat similar to other toilets but without the expensive system that goes around. The concept is simple, just collect the feces in a bucket that replaces the bowl, then cover them with sawdust and / or chips that replace the water. Once the bucket is filled, usually after a week, just empty it into a compost bin. Contrary to popular belief, this system does not emit any odor and brings no inconvenience. In addition, it allows a significant saving on your water bill that can go up to 130 euros for a whole year.

Dry toilets, instructions for use

Wood chips instead of water

This type of toilet requires a low investment, a bucket, preferably stainless steel; about € 60, flaps from € 3 and some wooden planks for the formwork. It can also be made of rigid cardboard or other materials. Not to mention sawdust and chips flushing that you can find for free at sawmills. Only imperative, never use treated or exotic wood, toxic for compost and therefore for your garden. One cubic meter of dry chips is enough for a family of four for ten weeks.

After each use of your toilets, pour in 3 ladles of sawdust and you're done. To disinfect your toilet while remaining natural, you can spray essential oils of lemon, rosemary, chamomile, niaouli or lavender. Which, at the same time, will perfume your room. In an environmental concern it is advisable to use biodegradable toilet paper (without color or smell), other papers taking a long time to destroy themselves in the natural environment.

Dry toilets around the world

Just as comfortable as a conventional toilet

With lack of water and ecological pressures, dry toilets are developing particularly in the Nordic and English speaking countries. They are also marketed on a large scale in some states. In France, there are about 685 households using dry toilets according to a survey conducted by various associations (heol, footprint...). The legislation in force in our country that requires every home to be equipped with a conventional toilet and a water purification system, seems to be a brake on the development of dry toilets. Massive urbanization also limits the number of these toilets that require a garden to deposit the compost. Despite these obstacles, dry toilets seem to be more and more successful. The majority of French models are homemade, but some artisans and associations sell, at very reasonable prices, dry toilets of good quality. To acquire one, count about a hundred euros.

Advantages and disadvantages

Not content to be economical and ecological throughout the year, dry toilets require very little basic investment. Less expensive than a conventional WC block (50 euros for the cheapest), their manufacture requires a minimum investment of at least thirty euros. As for the aesthetic aspect, it will depend only on you, here all forms, materials and colors are allowed! The other major advantage of dry toilets is its mobility which allows you to move them in all rooms of the house which can be very useful for the elderly or disabled. Add to this the absence of flushing noise that avoids the noise of conventional toilets. The major disadvantage of this type of toilet is emptying the bucket which is never very pleasant but remains an essential stage of the process. Another problem identified by dry toilet owners seems to be the reluctance of their guests to use their amenities.

A supporter of self-construction and concerned about the environment, Handyman Dudimanche encourages all those who have the opportunity to get started without delay in the manufacture and installation of dry toilets; and who knows, the fashion movement may be launched. This summer the first national contest for the best litter toilets took place at an eco-festival, proving that dry toilets can be a great source of inspiration and have a bright future ahead of us in our country!

Video Instruction: The Beautiful Composting Toilets method - Kibbutz Lotan, Arava desert (near Eilat), Israel