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Monday, April 3, 2006

Yurt Toilet

A customer I spoke with at the Cottage Life Show was looking at an Envirolet® Composting Toilet Sytem for the new yurt he was planning on building in Ontario.

In case you didn’t know, a yurt is a “…portable felt dwelling structure used traditionally by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.”

Modern yurts in Canada and the United States “…are made using hi-tech materials. They are highly engineered and built for extreme weather conditions. In addition, erecting one can take days and they are not intended to be moved often. Often the designs of these U.S. yurts hardly resemble the original designs and are better named modern yurts or yurt derivations as strictly speaking they are no longer round felt homes that are easy to mount, dismount and transport.”

[Via Wikipedia]

Finished Yurt

He was opting for a yurt because all he needed as a “foundation” was a deck. He had his land, so all he had to do was build the deck, assmble the yurt and he would be done. He figured this would take less than a week.

He was also making a conscience effort to go as green as possible living off-the-grid and attempting to leave as small a footprint as possible. Yurts are pretty nice to the environment around them. Hence, the Envirolet® composting toilet as a sanitation solution.

Photo from Wikipedia.