The impact of human waste on the planet is enormous, so now is the time to return it to the ecosystem rather than sending it away. There is now no “away” to throw to and this now must become a natural, agricultural and horticultural resource as it
Travelling Loo C
The Travelling Loo C is an alternative domestic toilet, for daily household use, avoiding the need to flush human waste away and collecting a resource for the garden. The intention is for individuals ultimately everyone, to change both our attitudes and practicalities of going to the toilet. The Travelling Loo C’s name refers to its portability but it is a permenant toilet, not really for festivals and events.
Designed and Researched by Peter Dreghorn, Additional design and Prototypes made by Martin Harrison and Peter Ryan. Aesthetically pleasing, less odoruous than conventional toilets and needing no management of waste, the TLC is both a toilet revolution and a return to past practices. The majority of composting toilets need some management, emptying buckets in particular. The TLC, however, allows the waste to return to soil without any interventions.
Although the invention of the flushing toilet helped to prevent dangerous bacteria and infections spreading, with close living populations of recent centuries, this has interrupted the normal natural ecosystem cycle. That cycle of – 1. animal eats plants 2.food is digested 3.waste is expelled 4.waste decomposes to soil 5. soil feeds nutrients to plants 1. animal eats plants -is a vital part of food production and the natural environment. Now human and animal waste washing into our rivers and oceans is a major problem on the planet, it kills small animals, adds too much nutrient to the water and is best decomposed first. By using the Travelling Loo C, you will be saving 1-4 litres of water each time you don’t flush, the chemical processes at sewage works and the carbon used in water purification. Latest research shows that many chemicals such as antibiotics and contraceptive pill elements,remain in treated water affecting wildlife.
The important aspect of sanitation is separation from human contact of human waste, while it rots down and after immediate evacuation. The Travelling Loo C provides that separation and restores the natural cycles by treating the waste as a resource. Simply put, the Travelling Loo C allows you to go, leave it in the ground and use it when it becomes soil.
Zero Waste Scotland philosophy of Recycle, Re-use and Reduce means that we can now regard all waste as a potential resource and the Travelling Loo C fits this approach. The concept of zero waste for a moment and what this grand ambition will actually mean to us all.
The intention is to change the toilet processes we currently use. It is portable because it might need to be moved if and when, the hole is full.
- Dig a large hole, well away from water courses, leaving enough edge for the Travelling Loo C to rest firmly over 0.75Metre cube is easily large enough.
- Place the Travelling Loo C over the hole, securing it with guy ropes, if in an exposed position
- Hang a bag of any organic material like moss, sawdust or ash on the door with a small
- Clean hands with organic sanitising spray or wipes. Any organic waste can be put in the hole.
- Cover with a light sprinkling of organic material
- When full, cover and move the Travelling Loo C to one side after digging a new An option is to add bought composting worms which will delight in once it has decomposed a little.
- Once the first hole is turned to soil, plant in it or dig it out to put on a compost heap or Alternatively just cover and leave.
In the first instance it is probably best for the Travelling Loo C to be used by one or two people to ensure proper procedures are followed. Flies will not invade if the waste is covered, you will find it odour-free and have zero waste !
Travelling Loo C Materials
To make a TLC, basic carpentry skills are required. The following will make the toilet with materials cost at £150 and two to three days for construction. Be aware of the final weight of the construction and make as much of it detachable, to enable it to be moved. For example, the seat base and floor. The walls could be detachable with bolts. The finish should be highly attractive to counter the cultural aversion to our own waste.
Basic dimensions – 1metre x 1metre x 1.85metre.
Basic order of construction of TLC;
- 2 side frames ( halving joints). Allow for diagonal bracers and floor joist jointing
- Front Uprights – 50mmx25mm. Corner bracing at top. Fit inside side frames
- Fix frames together
- Clad back and 2 sides
- Make and fix roof
- Fix roof plywood
- Make door ( removable to reduce weight for moving)
- Floor ( not fixed to reduce weight)
- Drop box and seat base ( both painted)
- Felt roof
- Fit window
- Fit fixtures
Please give feedback to the Designer Peter Dreghorn on 07810505323
Here’s feedback from the first year of use.
- The smell both during and after use is much less than a convential toilet as the ventilation works
- After 6 months of summer, the volume was considerably reduced, almost keeping up with input, obviating the need to move it to another
- Often a view into the garden is possible
- Covering with grass or sawdust or ash avoids interested flies finding it, but is really only necessary, cosmetically, since the human body has started the decomposition process.
- Sanitation is easy
- Its cold and not so attractive in the winter
- The decomposition rate is faster than often predicted
- The increase in worm activity is remarkable
- The volume of water is greatly reduced from the original 80% content
- There is a tangible, positive feel to using the natural