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The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water Paperback – August 1, 1999
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A classic is back in print! One of the favorite books of the back-to- the-land movement, The Toilet Papers provides an informative and irreverent look at how people have deal with human wastes over the centuries, and at what safe designs are available today that reduce water consumption and avert the necessity for expensive treatment systems. Van der Ryn provides homeowner plans for several types of dry toilets, compost privies, and greywater systems, and also discusses the history and philosophy of turning organic wastes into a rich humus, linking us to the fertility of the soil and ensuring our ultimate well-being. Van der Ruyn is a former architect, and his designs for compost privies are downright elegant as well as environmentally sound. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961. As California's State Architect in the 1970s, he initiated landmark programs in energy-efficient building and environmentally appropriate technologies. His innovative designs for homes, sustainable communities, retreat centers, schools, and commercial buildings have received many awards and been widely published.
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Human waste is a valuable product that is currently being managed as a material to be rid of as opposed to a resource to convert and use to our advantage. Many areas of the country are in a water crisis yet we use potable, clear, clean water to get the stuff out of sight.
How to instructions on composting human waste are given.
This is a very interesting book.
Van Der Ryn describes how to make your own composting toilet, as well as reviewing packaged systems. Now there a few more (but not enough) manufacturers of packaged composting dry toilet systems, though US plumbing codes and building departments are woefully behind in approving them. Once they do, widespread adoption will be possible and is hopefully inevitable, as it will save water, money, and fossil fuels, not to mention reduce the amount of chemicals we put into our environment and thus, into our bodies.