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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

University of Guelph 2006 Environmental Science Symposium

Posted by Scott

University of Guelph Environmental Science Symposium

Envirolet® was invited to attend the 12th Annual University of Guelph Environmental Science Symposium to display and talk about our composting toilets.

We brought an Envirolet® MS10 in a cool new bright green colour (more on this in a future post!).

As you can see in the photos, this was a pretty casual affair with limited space so our team was small and our display was very minimal. All we had was a toilet and some brochures! A true Envirolet® road trip. Look for us in your city!

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

The Environmental Science Symposium is a small gathering of eco-minded people who come together to discuss and learn about various environmental issues. Each year a new theme is chosen.

The focus of the symposium this year was water. Very fitting for Envirolet®. The waterless aspect of most of our composting toilet systems was quite popular amongst the audience, who were very receptive and supportive of Envirolet®.

We also met a few current Envirolet® users!

There were many great guest speakers including Margaret Trudeau and Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians.

Margaret Trudeau spoke of her experiences with WaterCan and stressed that we should avoid using bottled water (good advice!).

Conserving water was a popular theme, of course. Another common theme was that people around the world need to be in control of their own water. In other words, water should not be a commidity.

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

Envirolet at the University of Guelph

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Envirolet Team with Laurie from Trading Spaces

Posted by Scott

This is a nice photo of some of the Envirolet® team with designer Laurie Hickson-Smith from TLC’s Trading Spaces.

This was taken at a great consumer show we did in California.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

"...ten of my neighbors have installed the same system that I have."

Posted by Scott

This is a wonderful letter we received from a satisfied Envirolet® user in Rhode Island on January 23, 2006. His Envirolet® gave him an additional two months use of his beach front property!

“For the past 50 years I have been spending my summers in Rhode Island. The 370 houses in the beach area all use well water so septic systems are not allowed. Therefore, your summers are limited to May 15 to October 15, when the public bathrooms are open at the beach.

In April 2001 I knocked down my old summer house and built a new one. At that time I was told of the Envirolet Waterless Composting Toilet system, and after doing some research I thought this would be good system because of the restrictions we have, and we designed the house to accommodate the system.

Since that time approximately ten of my neighbors have installed the same system that I have.

The Waterless Toilet in the bathroom.

After putting in the starter kit, I then add one cup of peat per day, the composting accelerator once a week and I use the rake every three days. At the end of the season I let the heater/fan run for two weeks and then turn it off for the winter. In the spring I clean out the holding tank and install a new starter kit.

Thanks to the Envirolet Toilet I no longer have to depend on the public bathrooms at the beach. My season of sitting by the ocean front went from April 15 to November 13 this past year.

I would, and I have, recommended this system to anyone living in an area similar to this. It may sound strange to someone that is not from here, but people that are planning to rebuild their summer homes will stop over, just to see my toilet.”

Paul A.
Rhode Island

The Waterless Toilet in the bathroom.

The Envirolet Waterless Remote System (composting unit).

Protection for the Envirolet Waterless Remote System
(composting unit).

Thanks Paul for the photos and testimonial!

Please send us your Envirolet® photos and comments!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

More on the Wonderful Composting Outhouse

Posted by Scott

I thought people would like see more photos of the wonderful “Composting Outhouse” previously discussed on Buzz.

The structure was built by the Bayfield Builders in Wisconsin and is home to an Envirolet® Waterless Remote System.

In the first photo you can see the Envirolet® Waterless Toilet peeking out. Go here to see the Waterless Remote System composting unit.






Be sure to send us your photos. Also, be sure to visit the Bayfield Builders web site and tell them Envirolet® Buzz sent you!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wind Protection

Posted by Scott

The last post on Buzz featured a testimonial and photo from an Envirolet® Low Water Remote System in Nova Scotia.

The customer also sent this photo. Although the composting unit itself is not visible, this photo does demonstrate an awesome installation idea that is always recommended.


In the photo you can see that the 4” Flexible Vent is coming out from below the structure. The composting unit is hidden below. The Vent is exiting through a hole cut in some wood.

Basically, this customer used plywood to protect the composting unit from the wind. Great installation!

Cold winds and temperatures will never aid in the composting process. So, it is always a good idea to add insulation like this or in the form of a Winter Box if you are in a colder climate, especially with a Low Water system.

Thanks again for the photos, Sadie.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

"It is a great product."

Posted by Scott

Sadie A. in Cape Breton, NS sent us a couple photos and a testimonial about her Envirolet Low Water Remote System.

“I only have 2 pictures of our new Envirolet toilet.

We just installed it last summer. Next summer I can take some better pics for you if you would like. The first is a pic of the enclosure we built around the structure to protect from the high winds in Cape Breton.

The second pic is of the toilet inside the house.

It is a great product.”

Thanks Sadie! Send your photos and comments to Buzz!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Envirolet Waterless Remote System in "Composting Outhouse"

Posted by Scott

Here is a great photo and great comments about an Envirolet Waterless Remote System that is installed in a “Composting Outhouse” in Wisconsin sent to us by Ted G.


“Hello, I built an outhouse for a customer. It is all cedar and is the best looking outhouse I have ever seen. I installed one of your units in it, and it is working great. if you want to see pictures of it, or if any of your clients want to see a real life working model I have a web page with pictures.”

From their web site:
This composting outhouse was built in the summer of 2005 in the Bayfield area. It features an Envirolet composting toilet. This cozy outhouse is 6’ x 6’ with a 4’ deck on the front of it. It is constructed with all cedar siding and interior paneling.

The Envirolet requires 12 volt power to run a small venting fan. The Outhouse also has 12 volt interior and exterior lights, with the possibility of adding a solar panel in the future for battery recharging.

They are in Wisconsin.

More photos on their web site.

Monday, January 9, 2006

"A pleasure to do business with."

Posted by Scott

Frank A. from California sent in this feedback form and comments on December 16, 2005.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Price Rating: Good
Shipping Options Rating: Good
Delivery Rating: Excellent
Ease of Purchase Rating: Excellent
Customer Service Rating: Excellent

Comments: A pleasure to do business with. The customer service rep was very helpful & knowledgeable.

Thanks! Please send us your comments.

Monday, January 9, 2006
Composting Toilets

Don't Burn, Compost!

Posted by Scott

A recent Envirolet® catalog request added this to the comments section:

“We are looking to replace an electric burning toilet that we have constant problems with to a composting toilet in hopes of less problems.”

To be honest, we do not get many questions asking about or comparing a composting toilet to an incinerating or burning toilet. This request made me realize that we should point out some of the major advantages of composting over incinerating.

But, there are many reasons why a composting toilet is a better solution to a burning toilet.

Composting toilets…

• are much, much more environment-friendly. Composting is a natural process.

• use less energy. Some incinerating toilets use close to 4000 Watts! 4000! That is a lot. Definatley not for those concernned with energy costs.

• are less expensive to purchase initally (most models) and to operate. With a burning toilet, you must buy expensive bowl liners for each use. A bowl liner is sort of like a coffee filter that you used for every use of the toilet. Yes, you do add peat moss or similar additives like saw dust, black soil, etc. to a composting toilet. But, these can be obtained locally for minimal costs.

• can be used whenever you want. Sounds strange, right? With some buring toilets there is a waiting period after the toilet is used and the incineration process has begun. The incineration cycle can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We’re sure your guests will love that when they visit the cottage and have to wait an hour to go to the bathromm after the last user!

• are more kid-friendly. I am not sure how comfortable I would feel about a child using a almost 4000 Watt incinerator without supervision.

That’s all for now. We will discuss this topic again in the future.