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Composting Toilet Lets Users Create Their Own Fertilizer

A new toilet is letting eco-friendly homeowners expand their green practices by fertilizing their yard literally by themselves. (Continued below photo...)


Created by Sun-Mar, the composting toilet is designed to recycle human waste into compost or enriched garden soil. The toilet, which requires no water or septic hookup, features a separate chamber where liquid is warmed and evaporated with the assistance of a fan that constantly circulates air through the unit. Bulking material and microbes are added to break down the remaining minerals, and the homeowner is left with a clean, dry, unoffensive compost —– the same product a gardener would otherwise have to purchase to green up their yard. The toilets, sold online though the Composting Toilet Store site, cost between $1,500 and $1,800.

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Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.