Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Extreme Composting I: Outhouses, Humanure and "Where the Heck Do I Go Now That My Toilet Is Busted?"

I've composted human waste (humanure!) quite successfully before... more on that in a future post. But for now, this tour of four outhouses is quite entertaining. (My kids have asked to see it over... and over... and over.)

We may have to start thinking about reusing our "waste" in the near future. We're currently urinating and defecating into clean drinking water... a stupid use for a highly valuable resource. And our excrement is a darned good fertilizer if used appropriately.

Supply lines, water treatment and infrastructure are unlikely to continue in their current state for much longer... think about alternatives to the common commode before you're forced to.

Another great video is here (Go ahead! Stick your head in!):

More food for thought: I have read (and own) this book and found it very impressive - worth buying (if you buy it at the link below, you help fund my blog):

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition

Anyone out there using an alternative system? Or seen a good model for re-use of human "waste?"

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