Yes, it’s an outhouse


It’s an outhouse, but it’s far from rustic, and it isn’t a hole in the ground. Lilypons Water Gardens uses a high-tech composting toilet system that requires no water and produces nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer.

Before you wrinkle your nose, it is entirely odor-free (unlike porta-potties) and the composting toilet process is completely safe.

In fact, it is more safe and less polluting than a traditional sewage treatment plant, where toxic substances from factories and homes enter the system along with human waste. The sludge produced by sewage treatment plants is used as fertilizer in spite of the fact that some of the toxic substances have not been removed. The composting toilet, on the other hand, produces fertilizer that is natural and free of chemical toxins.


6 Responses to Yes, it’s an outhouse

  1. Elisabeth says:

    This is very interesting and sounds rather high tech, but it’s still a little scary, but all public toilets are a bit scary to me.

  2. mariemcc says:

    This is so badly needed in underdeveloped countries, especially in West Africa where there isn’t a lot of water available. People there are so poor, they can’t afford the cost of the building materials for the outhouse structure. And this looks a bit more expensive than what is built over there. But what a great idea.

  3. Kirk says:

    How encouraging. The more we are informed of these things the better. Eventually, surely, critical mass will be reached and changes for the good will be made. Doesn’t everyone benefit? Thank you, Passante.

  4. passante says:

    Elisabeth — I agree. I avoid public loos as much as possible. I have only once in my life used a porta-potty. This outhouse, however, was super-clean and completely without odor.

    Marie — Never mind the shed construction, the toilets themselves aren’t cheap. They’re in the region of $1,000. This would be a great project for USAID or for the World Bank to fund.

    Kirk — Not sure how many people in cities would actually go for these; however, they do have a model that “flushes” with foam for the squeamish!

  5. Denton says:

    Be sure and visit Rotterdam Daily Photo to see Dutchie’s August 22nd post with public loos.

  6. Kate says:

    I have a friend who is an avid environmentalist who would go crazy over this. I’ll have to tip her off. Thanks for the info. Great foto in addition.

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