Bio toilets are indeed a new step towards building green bathrooms. Whether it be composting toilets, dry toilets, or even solar toilets, there are a variety of options on offer. However, there are pros and cons to consider when it comes to bio toilets, and it really is up to each individual household to decide if they’re ready for a green toilet or not.
One of the major benefits of bio toilets is of course that they save on water. When there is no water involved, there are also savings made in terms of the treatment of sewage and in preserving water-ways where waste-water from sewage plants is often released. So, what are the cons of bio toilets then, and do they outweigh the good?
Composting toilets that are self-contained require ventilation, which in some cases involves electric fans and even heating, which is not so eco-friendly (unless you’re using solar power). Bio toilets also require a certain amount of maintenance, such as removal and emptying of components and, when these toilets are not properly maintained, they can begin to smell. Some green toilets have trap-door systems to conceal from you as much as possible as far as the waste inside the receptacle. However, there are some that don’t, making them quite unappealing to use.
If you think you’re not quite ready to cope with the challenges of a green toilet, then just remember there are a great number of other ways you can positively impact the environment. When it comes to a flushable toilet, remember to install a dual flush option that uses the least amount of water possible, that way you will still be taking positive action at the same time as keeping everyone happy in the household.
Bio toilets are not for everyone, but if you feel one would suit your family, then you will certainly be doing your bit for the environment. Take your time to select your bio toilet and, if possible, seek out people who have already installed them to discover whether their chosen type has performed to their expectations. Be certain that when your bio toilet is installed, that it is done correctly. With incorrect installation and maintenance, you are sure to end up facing one big smelly problem. Bio toilets are yet to take on in a major way, but as product innovators continue to improve their design, they are sure to become more popular over time.
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Tauseef Hussain is a media blogger and writes for www.qssupplies.co.uk. He has written blogs and articles on several home improvement and environmental topics.