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5 Myth-Busting Facts About Composting Toilets

Composting toilets are the ideal eco-friendly, off-grid bathroom solution for rural or remote properties or those without a mains connection.

Entirely waterless, they use a bacteria-based processing system that can turn waste into usable compost, saving precious water so you can play your part in the green revolution. In fact, over an average spring-summer season, they can save around 26,000 litres of water, per person, for every glamping pod or shepherd’s hut. 

They’re also clean, hygienic, modern, economical, easy to use and they most definitely don’t stink! 

So why don’t more people make this sustainable, money-saving switch? 

The truth is many people believe all the myths about composting toilets and miss out on this fantastic opportunity to boost their reputation when it comes to sustainability. 

In this blog, we’d like to bust some of the most common myths and explain why investing in a composting toilet is a no-brainer. 

Myth 1. Composting Toilets Stink

The most common misconception about composting toilets is that your guests will have to deal with that nasty, nostril-burning smell of human waste. 

But this is simply not true. Composting toilets actually smell less than traditional toilets because their advanced design means there is always a negative airflow. This means that any odours are drawn away from the toilet, leaving a clean, natural environment for users. 

Of course, as with any other type of toilet, they can develop an odour if you don’t maintain them correctly, but that’s never the fault of the toilet! 

Myth 2. You can’t use toilet paper! 

Yes, you can! Regardless of which of our composting toilets you choose, you can continue to use toilet paper as you usually would. Some break down faster than others, depending on the materials, ply, thickness and any dyes that have been used. Be aware that this will also mean that your solids bin fills up faster than it otherwise would so you’ll have to empty it more often. If you want the best of both worlds, place a separate bin in the bathroom. 

Myth 3. You’ll have to deal with poo! 

When you use a traditional toilet, you never have to think about poo, let alone deal with it. You simply flush it away and then the sewage system takes care of it all for you, using chemicals to treat it before it’s pumped back out for reuse. But with a composting toilet, you are the one in charge. 

Understandably, this thought scares many people as they imagine they’ll have to come face to face with other people’s waste. Although they are aware of the huge benefits of composting toilets like our Eco Friendly Composting Toilet, they don’t make the switch. 

But the truth is, modern systems have been designed to ensure you get all the benefits of these off-grid toilets without ever getting hands-on with the waste. It’s a win-win. 

Myth 4. They’re difficult to install

With basic tools and skills, you can install your composting toilet with ease. Each of our composting toilets comes with a detailed product installation manual that you should read to understand what you need to do. If you’re short on time or prefer to outsource, you can always hire a handyman to take care of it for you. 

Myth 5. They can only be used for remote properties

It’s true to say that composting toilets are indeed an excellent solution for glamping or camping sites where there isn’t access to the usual amenities of the city or town. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t brilliant for more suburban locations where you could, theoretically connect to the mains. 

Regardless of where you are, composting toilets like our Eco Composting Toilet are an excellent way to meet your bathroom needs whilst saving water, recycling and going green. 

As you can see, although there are many misconceptions about composting toilets, they remain an affordable, stink-free, easy to install solution for all kinds of eco-friendly properties.

Find out more whether a composting toilet is right for your needs by contacting us today. We look forward to your call.

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