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How Bio Toilets Are a New Step Towards Building Green Bathrooms

 

Composting toilet.

It’s rare these days to find anyone who isn’t making some sort of effort toward the green movement. Some people are cutting back on the use of their cars, others aim to reduce the energy they use in their homes, and some focus on reducing their water usage, to name but a few of the ways we’re all trying to do our bit. And now, with manufacturers offering up all manner of green products, it would seem there is no excuse to use products that are not green-friendly. But what about bio toilets? Are there any reasons not to use them? Let’s take a closer look.

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.

Tauseef Hussain is a media blogger and writes for QS Bathroom Suites. He is also fascinated by eco-friendly products for Homes and bathrooms. You can follow him on Twitter @usef4u

Image: composting toilet via Shutterstock




20 comments
  1. Peter Andersson

    Dear Tauseef,

    Thank you for your interesting article about bio toilets. I would like to point out that the picture you have listed is not of a composting toilet, but of a porta-potty/chemical toilet. You can find pictures of “real” composting toilets at http://www.biolet.com and http://www.ez-loo.com. Feel free to use any of them, as long as you list the source.

    Best regards,

    Peter Andersson
    Managing Director
    BioLet Composting Toilets

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