Designing Your Sustainable Home 101

The other half of the permaculture lifestyle

Meet Kristina Monroe. Some time back, she purchased a C-Head (which at that time was for land based purposes called a BoonJon) and incorporated it into her incredible home design. She has even written a book about how her new home came into existence, including the dream, the design and the final outcome. The name of the book is “Twisted Oak” and in it she devotes almost a complete chapter to the advantages of my toilet design and how it has worked with respect to her permaculture lifestyle. In her book she lays out in story form why she and her family decided to take the plunge and build the house of their dreams. She describes how they take maximum advantage of the property and its assets and construction techniques to create an environmentally friendly, beautiful, warm and cozy home with results that are fantastic.

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Aggressive pest control

Using a composting toilet and composting your waste in general is a good way to help protect our environment, and people inclined to use composting toilets tend to be very environmentally conscious. One of nature’s “all natural” gifts to mankind is the fruit fly and sewer fly, both of which seem to have an extraordinary sense of smell. All composting toilets are susceptible to fly larva infestations. These infestations are more of a nuisance than a health hazard but they add significantly to the “yuck factor” of composting toilets. They are more common in areas where livestock is present or fresh vegetables or table scraps are kept in the home on the counter. Infestations can be avoided using simple preventative techniques such as thoroughly washing the skins of vegetables with a scrubby and regular once a week emptying and adding diatomaceous earth to the medium as needed.

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