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Is it possible to develop film at home without harsh chemicals?

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I would love to create a darkroom and process my own black and white photos at home.  But I worry about the chemicals.  Even with good ventilation, I would still need to dispose of the chemicals once used and I suspect they aren't exactly septic system or greywater safe.

There goes my dream of processing my own film...

... or does it?

I stumbled on this today, she's developing film with mint tea, vitamin C tablets and some baking soda.  Pretty neat stuff.

So, is it possible to create a darkroom set up at home that doesn't rely on harsh chemicals?  
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