Amy Lin Ted Talk – Give a Sh*t about Composting Toilets

Amy Lin is a designer, builder, sustainability activist and educator. Her own education in sustainability began in 2005 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, where she developed her lifelong commitment to water conservation, organic farming and natural building. She has taught and facilitated dozens of workshops in sustainable practices since that time. In 2011, after earning a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon, Lin moved to New Mexico.

In this entertaining Ted Talk she talks about how we can make the planet a better place by simply changing our toilet habits.


Tips for composting toilets

toilet manAccording to some reports, Australians are some of the worst in the world when it comes to conserving water. The average Australian uses 341,000 litres per person per year, whilst the global average was found to be 57,000 litres. That’s a huge discrepancy for a country of people that live on the driest continent on earth!

Water is not an infinite resource and with numbers like the ones above, it makes sense to do as much as you can to try and save water. One of the easiest ways everyday Australians like you are doing this is by installing a composting toilet in their homes. This not only helps homes become more self sustainable (not relying on connection to sewage lines that use treatment plants and natural resources) but put the handling of waste and it’s helpful by-products (humanure) directly in their control.

As more and more homes are looking at composting toilets and sustainable living, we thought we might put together this list of hints and tips for composting toilet owners.


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Composting toilet types – self contained vs split systems


If you’re considering purchasing a composting toilet there’s a lot you need to take into consideration and the multitude of choices available on the internet can sometimes make it difficult to figure out what type of composting toilet would be best for you.

In this article we explain the different types of composting toilets available on the market, how they’re used and how difficult or easy they are to install.

If you’re considering purchasing a composting toilet, this is an invaluable post that will guide you through the different options and types of composting toilets available.


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Why more Australians are installing composting toilets.

Have you been thinking about installing a composting toilet for a while now? Have you looked at lots of composting toilet articles, websites, videos and tech specs and are still wondering “should I get one?” Well, loads of your fellow Aussies are discovering the benefits of composting toilets and we’re here to tell you some of the reasons why more Australians are installing composting toilets.

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Composting Toilets for Tiny Houses

There’s a movement sweeping across Australia and it’s something big – well, they’re actually tiny but their impact is big. We’re talking of course about tiny homes.

Many Australians are realising that ‘he who dies with the most toys wins’ isn’t a premise that’s going to make them happy or fulfilled and they’re yearning for a simpler, less cluttered lifestyle.

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What toilet paper can you use in a composting toilet?

We get a lot of people here at the Ecolet office asking us about different types of toilet paper and which types are best to use in a composting toilet. Before we get into which toilet paper is better for composting toilets, let’s explore the different types of toilet paper available on the market today.

This is pretty easy as toilet paper can pretty much be placed into three categories:-

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