With the colder months fast approaching, many of our customers ask if there are some specific things they should be doing to maintain their composting toilets in colder weather. The good news is that composting toilets work in colder weather. Even for our most southern brothers and sisters in Tasmania who see winter temperatures plummet to near zero degrees, a composting toilet is still a viable option as long as it’s maintained properly.
You’ve finally gotten everything in place, tightened the last screw and swept the floor of your new composting toilet installation. You’ve thought about purchasing a composting toilet for months and you’ve finally bitten the bullet, bought one, installed it yourself and you couldn’t be happier!
When it comes to cleaning your new composting loo, you want to make sure you’re not using any products that can potentially harm or kill all the good bacteria, actinobacteria, fungi and moulds that help to break down all the waste you put into your composting toilet.
If you’ve recently purchased a composting toilet or are thinking of buying one, you will no doubt have several questions about waste management, how to handle it and what you can use it on and for. One question we get asked a lot is how to dispose of or how to use urine from a composting toilet.
Here at Ecoflo, we’re always trying to innovate and improve on our product ranges which is why it’s so exciting to be recognised and awarded for our hard work, dedication and expertise in composting toilet design and engineering.
We’ve been waiting for a long time to get our hands on a new type of bulking agent that’s environmentally friendly. Wood shavings are an excellent bulking agent and we’re sure many people will happily continue using them for many years but we’re always happy to offer alternatives and get our customers’ feedback.
Almost all Australians are spending a substantially large amount of time at home at the moment. Let’s face the reality of this situation. We’re snacking more. A lot more.
Australia has certainly had a wild couple of months. From bushfires and floods and now the COVID-19 outbreak that’s currently taking up everyone’s headspace, it seems the sh!t has really hit the fan – not only in Australia but the rest of the world.
With the tragic and widespread influence of bushfires across Australia this season, we’re seeing more and more people consider how they can reduce their impact on the environment. Many of our customers seek greater independence from grid and government-based suppliers by actively reducing their use and dependence on precious commodities like drinking water or town waste systems.
Brand new low profile composting toilet, perfect for tiny homes and small spaces. The All-New CM LP comes packed with all the latest features, smaller size with a bigger capacity than our previous tiny home toilets. Less floor clearance required, which means it’s perfect for tiny houses and small spaces.
We all know the climate is changing. There are many arguments both online and offline as to the cause of this change (man-made or natural) but one thing is certain – we’re all starting to see the effects of climate change. Recently 41 councils in Qld had declared their regions drought-stricken and it seems we see more often than not in news more stories about water restrictions or stories about dam levels dropping.
If you’ve spent any time on boats you will know that toilet systems have come a long way. Even though we’ve grown from sticking our bum over the edge to more sophisticated marine toilet systems, there’s still the issue of putting human waste into our ecosystem.
In Australia, we can handle a lot of heat. Even though many tourists are sweltering, all true Aussies know it isn’t officially summer until thongs are a requirement to cross the road, the seat belt that’s been in the sun stings like an angry wasp and your ice cream melts faster than you can eat it.
If you’ve had a composting toilet for any period of time, it’s likely you’ve had a few vinegar flies (also called fruit flies, barflies or if you want to get really technical Drosophila melanogaster) buzzing their way around your toilet – well technically your composting pile.
Australia… the driest continent on the planet where over 80% of country has an annual rainfall of less than 600 mm (24 in). When looking at other continents, only Antarctica receives less rainfall than we do here in the land down under. If we live in a country that’s so dry, it only makes sense that as a society and a country that we try to mininise our impact on our drinkable water supplies as much as possible.
If you’ve been thinking about installing a composting toilet lately, it’s likely you’ve thought to yourself “I wonder if it’s against the law to install a composting toilet?”. Well, we’ve tried to answer all your questions and more below.
Before we get into the legalities of installing composting toilets we wanted to cover an important aspect of composting toilet design and that is if they meet Australian standards.
Composting toilets, when maintained properly shouldn’t be giving off any aromas or smells. When you walk into your bathroom there’s no reason you should be smelling waste or anything that seems a little ‘off’ as if your composting toilet is maintained properly, the waste should be somewhat dry and any smell from the composting pile should be headed out your exhaust fan and into the atmosphere.
There are many reasons people look into purchasing a composting toilet. Some people don’t have access to a suitable water facility – others are in remote areas and traditional town electricity and plumbing aren’t that easy to come by. Other families want to reduce their dependence on private, state or government-run facilities like power and water by getting off the grid.
When it comes to bathrooms, every home, building, project space or areas where people gather needs one. They’re often seen as one of those necessity buildings that are a ‘must have’ therefore only need to be utilitarian, sparse and useful.
Everyone knows that composting toilets are better for the environment, use less water and help to keep waste out of our waterways and oceans, and many of our customers feel a sense of pride and dare we say excitement when they install their composting toilet for the first time and start using it.
We all know that summer storm season in Australia can get pretty hectic. Cyclones storms, floods, high winds and power outages are commonplace all around Australia for many months during the summer. Losing power is frustrating at the best of times – but if you’ve got a composting toilet, there’s a few things you should know.
If you live in a colder climate in Australia, and you keep a compost pile or compost bin in your backyard you know that sometimes it’s hard to keep all the microbes and proper elements in balance to ensure your composting pile works all year round.
You may have just recently moved into a home that has a little less room than you’re used to or perhaps you’ve decided that simplifying your life and moving into a tiny home is a way to declutter your life. Perhaps you just have an extra tiny bathroom.
One of the questions we get asked all the time in the Ecoflo office when talking to customers about composting toilets is “so, how do you actually empty one of these things?”. And like many of our answers in the articles on this blog, this answer is going to be ‘it depends’.
Have you ever wondered how a self contained composting toilet actually works? Well, this is the article for you. In this article we outline all the different parts of a self contained toilet and how they all work together to make usable compost from human waste.
When looking for a new toilet system there are several boxes that need to be ticked. For example, you may be concerned about water consumption so you might be looking for a system that uses little to no water. This is particularly true if you live in a remote area or a place where water isn’t readily available.
There’s a few great things about having a composting toilet. Firstly, they save you a huge amount of water every year and they’re much better for the environment. The other great benefit is that after a few weeks or months (depending on usage) you get a rich top-soil like humus product that you can use in a variety of different ways.
The Green Apple Splatters, The Hershey Squirts, Bubble Guts, Code Brown, The Runs, Montezuma's Revenge, Mudd Butt, Organic Brown Lava, The Trots and my personal favourite – The Arsequake. No matter what you call it, we’ve all had it at one time or another and we’ve all had to deal with the after-effects (which are never pretty).
Composting toilets – like anything in your home, will need a little maintenance every now and then. One of the great things about having a composting toilet in your home is that you save a lot of water year after year, and you get a great humus-like product to use out in your garden after a period of time. Now in saying this, you won’t get out of having to clean your composting toilet from time to time (it will be a very rich person that invents a toilet that never needs cleaning!).
They say good things come in small packages and that’s definitely the case when it comes to tiny homes. If you’ve missed the latest craze to sweep across Australia and the world, tiny homes aren’t just about reducing your living space, it’s about creating a less cluttered, more organised and simple lifestyle to free up your space, your mind and your home so you can enjoy the simpler things in life.
The average water-saving toilet uses approximately 3 litres of water for a half flush (source). Now that stat on it’s own doesn’t give you much food for thought. Let’s put that into perspective, shall we? An average plastic bucket holds approx 9 litres. If you only flushed your toilet once a day, how many buckets do you think that would be?
I remember as a kid one of my best friends at school lived on some property that grew pineapples and pawpaws. I often used to spend weekends at their house and we would explore all around the property, finding all sorts of interesting things to do and creating boy mischief along the way.
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”?
Up to 60% of wastewater produced by a home is greywater (laundry, bathroom and kitchen). This water has the potential to be reused in the garden. With a waterless toilet installed in a home, you can effectively recycle ~90% of your household wastewater.
All Ecoflo systems are odour and chemical free as well as being completely waterless. Ecoflo composting toilets provide a hygienic method of recycling human waste. By separately managing your toilet (aka black water) and other wastewater (i.e. greywater), you avoid the need to waste and pollute potable water. Here’s how our solution to onsite wastewater management works.
Two UQ architecture alumni are laying the foundations for sustainable, affordable housing in Australia through their start-up business, the Tiny House Company.
Despite their small stature, these tiny houses still manage to feel open, airy and inviting, thanks to elegant design and storage options.
Dreaming of owning your own home but convinced you can’t afford it? This week Adam, Jason and Pete team up for one of our biggest makes ever, literally building a home from scratch for under $50,000 – using a shipping container!
Stuart from Ecoflo and Neville from Bokashi NZ, our local distributor, exhibited our line of Nature Loo composting toilets for the first time at this year's Wellington expo. Based on the reaction we received from visitors it was clear that this was also the first time many people have had the chance to see a composting toilet that wasn't a bucket AND didn't cost buckets of cash either.