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Happy New Year!

Today, 2016 is the past, only as real as our memories make it. But 2017 has just begun! Let’s hope this new year brings with it an increase in the awareness and usage of composting toilets worldwide. Of course, hoping by itself doesn’t accomplish much, so let’s work toward that goal by personal choice, communicating the issues (water conservation, less reliance on existing but sometimes unnecessary, overloaded and decaying infrastructure) and always being open to fresh ideas. Our world is...
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Composting Toilets in Arizona

On December 10, the Arizona Sonora News reported: A group of composting toilet enthusiasts, local non-profits and University of Arizona researchers are collaborating to find a less wasteful way of dealing with our waste. Watershed Management Group is working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to approve two home-built composting toilet designs for use in Arizona. If the designs are approved, Tucsonans will have a simple and cheap option to conserve water and energy, and enrich local soils. The...
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Composting Toilet Availability Worldwide

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the worldwide availability of composting toilets. Composting toilets are a┬áthing in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, as far as I’m aware. Indeed, Sweden seems to be quite a homeland for the idea. But what about the rest of the world? I don’t know if I can even say that composting toilets are popular or accessible in Scandinavia, let alone northern Europe. Online browsing shows composting toilet projects in places like...
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From Whence We Came

Every interest starts somewhere. There’s always the spark that sets off the imagination. Even if you can’t identify it at the time, and even if that spark makes the imagination smolder before truly setting it afire perhaps months or years later, it’s there: burning, whispering… If that’s a little too romantic for describing the beginnings of an interest in a concept as down-to-Earth as composting toilets, so be it, because what’s earthly is also what’s human, and composting toilets are...
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