Monday, October 26, 2009
If you buy something you don't need just because it's labeled "environmentally friendly", are you really helping the environment? All products, including 'green' products, require energy to produce. Therefore, it's still necessary to buy in moderation. Even when you use environmentally friendly products, you can have too much of a good thing. Most people have good intentions when they purchase natural products, but what can we do on a daily basis to sustain our resources?
There's a way to reduce water consumption that you may not be aware of. Using a composting toilet can save 6,100 gallons of water every minute. When you hear this, you're either thinking, "Wow, that's a great idea", or "Eeewww, what's that!" Rest assured if you fall into the latter category. This is actually a safe, effective way to produce garden compost. These toilets are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.
There are electric, non-electric, and alternating current composting toilets. You can purchase a system for moderate to heavy use, or a seasonal system for light to moderate use. The Seasonal system can contain a full season's worth of compost. You can also choose from waterless toilets as well as a 1-pint flush system. When using the 1-pint system, there is a one-inch drain hose that connects to the central composting system. These are ideal for vacation homes, camping, and can also be used in your home.
If you're serious about preserving our natural resources, please take the time to research composting toilets. It's a subject that some people may not want to think about, but when you look at the facts and realize how much water is used by the simple act of flushing a toilet, I hope you will consider using this composting system. For those of you who are concerned about the appearance of the toilet, never fear; they're attractive and will look elegant in any bathroom!