Some More Green Toilets
By: Ezra Plank
Here are some more green toilets, some of which also will cut down on your water bill, but may be quite expensive to buy. The last eco toilet listed isn't costly, but it's not very decorative either.
The compost toilet treats solid waste by composting and dehydrating it, using a very small amount of water, or even none at all. Other household compostable waste can be added. Using this type of toilet means that you are no longer dependent on your local water or sewage facilities.
The urine-separating toilet can be used with a composting system to increase its efficiency and speed. The urine itself, once seperated, is a nutrient-rich plant fertilizer, and can be stored for later use.
In the incinerating toilet, waste is dropped into a holding tank. When the toilet lid is closed, the incinerator fires up. ( Don't worry - if you open the lid, it shuts right off. ) This needs no water at all and is completely odor-free. However, the residue contains no nutrients, and must be thrown out with your trash.
The pressure toilet comes in two varieties. When water fills the storage tank of a pressure-assisted toilet, water pressure from the pipes compresses it, so when the toilet is flushed, water gushes out under pressure. Power-assisted toilets use an electrically operated pump to push water into the toilet tank under high pressure.
The flapperless toilet. When the handle of this toilet is pushed, it tips over a bucket of water in the tank, which then flushes the toilet. There are no rubber flappers to deteriorate and cause leaks. A powerful flush can be obtained using as little as 1.28 gallons of water.
Squat toilets, which are common in third-world countries, are essentially just a hole in the floor. They are flushed by either pouring water into the hole with a bucket, or letting water in with a hose. The water is sucked out by siphoning, just as in a flush toilet.
Even though it requires some physical agility to squat, the process is a lot more sanitary since your body never touches the toilet. It's also a lot easier to keep clean.
Additional information on most of these green toilets is available on other pages of this website.