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I would love to have a humanure toilet for our family to use. Our water is a bit expensive and I am certain that's one of the largest uses (second to laundry of course). The problem is that my husband insists that it's unsanitary. He has a degree in History and knows that there is a direct relation to the decline in disease and indoor plumbing. I don't doubt this, but I think that is more relating to the city where people dumped their poop out the window, and I see no problem with humanure that's done properly.<br>
How can I convince him that it can be done in a sanitary way?
 

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Maybe something like this would work?<br><br><a href="http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=7431&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=1055&iSubCat=1055&iProductID=7431" target="_blank">http://www.lehmans.com/shopping/prod...ProductID=7431</a><br><br>
Also when camping at a place that has a toilet I use flushable kitty litter for pee and use the bathroom for poo...that way the pee isnt hard to get rid of ( you can flush it or compost it easy) and its not as big an issue.<br><br>
At least this would cut down on the flushing...either that or you can just have the "mellow if its yellow and if its brown flush it down" rule <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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In our drought in GA, we've been putting a 5 gal. bucket in the shower and using it to flush. We do the yellow ,mellow thing, too. That and 3 min. showers have made a difference in the electric bill for us.
 

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I love that toilet! I haven't seen those before, I'm really impressed!<br>
We do the if it's yellow let it mellow if it's brown flush it down already. We also keep our showers short and try to turn off the water when we're just washing and don't need it. That does make a difference. This summer we're building an outdoor shower with a rain catchment system. As long as it has water it will be our shower for the summer. We had one when I was a child and I LOVED showering outside. So, I know that will really help. We also have a front load washer which I'm sure helps, but I keep thinking it's costing us over a thousand dollars a year just to poop. That sounds so silly! Should I really have to pay to use the bathroom? This is a human necessity! So, I'd really like to switch to a humanure toilet for family use and keep a flush toilet in the hall bath for company. I know that would really make a difference in our bill.<br>
This is our first home and I was surprised to see that wastewater is 2/3 of the bill, but they don't measure how much water you send back, only what you use. This is frustrating for us because we run two humidifiers to combat severe dry skin, so we have a lot of water not going back into the system. Not to mention pets and plants that get water from the tap as well.<br><br>
I talked to DH about that toilet and he's still not convinced, but I'll try to show it to him tonight and see what he thinks about it. Maybe I can slowly break him down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Hi. Have your husband read Jenkin's "The Humanure Handbook."<br><a href="http://weblife.org/humanure/default.html" target="_blank">http://weblife.org/humanure/default.html</a><br>
It is available online for free. Not only is it helpful and interesting, but VERY funny. Jenkins has been composting his humanure for 20 plus years and using the resulting compost on his garden with no ill-effects. For the book, he actually had the temperature of his compost pile documented over a period of time and sent samples off to a lab for testing - all to prove beyond doubt that it is safe and possible to compost human "waste." Jenkins goes into the history of humanure a lot, which is informative and will speak to your dh's understanding of history. Europeans were terrible with how they dealt with human "waste" - but other societies saw its value and did versions of humanure composting - and reaped the rewards in their soil and health ("Soil and Health" is another wonderful book).<br><br>
What I was struck by was my conviction after reading the book that humanure composting is the ONLY way to safely deal with waste. It might be "safe" for your house to flush the toilet, but our current waste management systems and septic systems do often pollute somewhere - often our rivers and groundwater, which are incredibly important resources.<br><br>
I think many will not even give Jenkin's book a chance, but it is great. He won several awards (I think even governmental awards) for it.
 

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Check out Sun-Mar composting toilets:<br><br><a href="http://www.sun-mar.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sun-mar.com/</a><br><br>
They have self-contained units, and some that look more like normal toilets with the toilet in the bathroom and the composter below the toilet (if you have a basement). I wonder actually though if you would be able to have the composter part outside the house if you didn't have a basement.
 

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When we go off grid in a couple moths we are going to buy the toilet I posted. DH will only use the least hassle of a system :p also the price it right.<br><br>
The sun mar one is really nice at least when I saw it in person ( though not a in use model) but $1,300 fir a poop pot I cant do.
 

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Oh wow....I didn't even look to see how expensive they were. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw">
 
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