May 9, 2011
Worcester resident and design ecologist Buzz Ferver discusses the nutrients available in human feces and urine, why it's a shame to defecate in toilets full of clean water, and what you can do to husband your water and "wastewater" resources.
Ferver frequently references The Humanure Handbook, which can be purchased in locally owned bookstores or at the author's website, where it can also be downloaded as an e-book.
Carl Etnier, whose home boasts a Humanure-inspired sawdust toilet and a Swedish, urine-diverting toilet, hosts.
jacque g wrote:
I think there are many things to love about peeing outside. But privacy is an issue, and so is snow. I don't mind squatting, but then I don't have knee issues.
For me, the biggest problem is lack of washing facilities near my favorite bushes. Unfortunately, for women, drip drying is just not a great option, as you eventually start to smell like a substandard nursing home. I refuse to leave bits of toilet paper lying around, even buried.
Yet another reason to plant comfrey, or something like it; the leaves of mulch plants could only be better for the soil after being anointed with a bit of urine.
I pee outside when I'm out there, working in the garden, woods, camping, hiking, etc. Just stand with feet apart, squat all the way down, do it, shake a little, let it dry a little, then go. If you shake and let it dry a little you won't be stinky at the end of the day. DO wash up and change your undies(do I have to say that?).
It's no big deal, and the stretch and stuff it does to your muscels to be able to squat like that is good for you anyways. SOmetimes out hiking etc I'm with a group of people and the cover is sparse, I just walk off aways if it's a pit stop and everyone is grown up enough to not be peeping etc.
My hub has his pee spot by the wood pile, ha. And I'd sure rather pee/poop in the woods than use one of those porta potties.
I was brought up a group A. And I pretty much stuck to it through out my life, except for camping in Glacier of course, but after reading this post I decided to give it a try. I read all the posts and honestly it was great! In two days alone I only used a flush toilet twice (once because I couldn't find the flashlight and was afraid to fall in the blackberries at 2 AM). I had no wetness issues and no smell. The bend over butt in the air worked best for me and It doesn't bother my bad knees.
I am now going to mark my property from the coyotes:) It is a bit liberating I must say. and there is nothing like going out first thing in the morning and listening to the birds sing and watching the squirrels and deer walk through the yard while taking care of my full bladder.
I thank you to the women who gave me the courage and to Paul for starting this post.
South Carolina wrote:
I don't like standing in puddles, can't predict where it is going to go, and don't want to be surprised by 6 or 8 legged critters in my pants.
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