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Simple Toilets


Photo: ECAL/Florian Joye

Going to the bathroom doesn't get much simpler than this. Behold the "Simple Toilet," as envisioned by Jessie Neukomm (bag) and Alejandro Bona (shovel) for the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland. Link [in French] - via Cribcandy, Thanks Justine Dufrenne!


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While hiking the Appalachian Trail I used a garden trowel a few hundred times, no leaves though - just real tp!

Normally, though, for the past ten years we have used a sawdust composting toilet that it quite simple. The bucket, a box with a seat and lid, some sawdust, keep it covered and rotting sawdust works best. Compost in a simple bin layering it with straw or grass clippings. For more info see The Humanure Handbook
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I would think that the shovel handle should be shorter to make it easier to use. Also, in some areas (for example, where we live) the soil is so hard that you would need a rounded blade.
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