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Friday, July 11, 2008

Envirolet in Greenburg Project

BUZZ WORD An Envirolet® Composting Toilet System is part of the Greensburg, KS re-building project. The project is to help re-build Greensburg, KS after a May 2007 tornado destroyed almost the entire community.

Architectural Review explains more about what happened and the re-building project:

“This Sunday, May 4, [2008] marks the one-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that destroyed most of Greensburg, Kansas. As part of a town-wide green initiative, students from the state’s two architecture schools are lending a hand in helping residents rebuild using sustainable design principles and techniques.

University of Kansas architecture professor Dan Rockhill’s well-known Studio 804 is working with the nonprofit Greensburg Art Center to develop Sustainable Prototype, a versatile prefabricated building that deploys multiple passive and active sustainable design techniques. Meanwhile, a group from Kansas State University is dotting the small city with 10-foot pods – a project called Greensburg Cubed – that promise to educate locals about the ecologically responsible design to which municipal leaders have committed in a variety of high-profile announcements.”

The project is being document on Planet Green’s television show, Greensburg. The show is executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Of note, this is the second involvement by Envirolet® with Planet Green. Envirolet® filmed an episode of the new Bill Nye show, Stuff Happens.

Envirolet in Greensburg

Envirolet in Greensburg

An Envirolet® was supplied by Sancor Industries Ltd. (at no cost) to help with the project. The advanced composting system is being placed in the “watering can” cube (or pod).



Some features of the “watering can” other than the Envirolet® Composting Toilet System include:

• exterior cladding - reused aluminum newspaper press plates
• hot water - evacuated tube hot water heating system
• shower - Evolve shower head
• interior cladding - reused chalk boards from KSU campus
• doors - salvaged french doors from remodel project in the area
• decking - Tendura, wood fiber and recycled plastic composite decking, purchased used from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kansas City
• window - the window above the sink is created from glass bottles mortared together like glass block
• roof / skylight - Polygal, a corrugated, slightly insulating polycarbonate
• tile and countertop - Enviroglas recycled glass
• structure - Structurally insulated panels

More photos and info to come soon!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Envirolet at IDS08, Part 3

We first wrote about IDS08 on Friday when we posted a quick video. As promised, here are some of the photos from the Envirolet® installation at the Sarah Richardson’s My Country design, part of designLIVE feature at IDS08.

An Envirolet® composting toilet system was the perfect choice to handle sanitation in a sustainable and environment-friendly manner, two goals of the overall designLIVE project. This particular model uses only 0.5L of water per flush.

Envirolet at IDS08
Sarah Richardson’s My Country home design where the Envirolet® is installed.

Envirolet at IDS08
The Envirolet® in the bathroom.

Envirolet at IDS08
Lindsay, Tommy and Natalie from the Design Inc. team.

Envirolet at IDS08
The Envirolet® in the bathroom. You can see the flush switch on the wall. This Envirolet® flushes with only 0.5L of water.

Envirolet at IDS08
Envirolet® brochures in the bathroom make for some interesting reading material.

Envirolet at IDS08
Envirolet® on the sponsors sign.

Envirolet at IDS08
This way to see the Envirolet®.

Envirolet at IDS08
More at designLIVE.

Did you see Envirolet® at designLIVE at IDS08? Tell us.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Envirolet at IDS08

An Envirolet® VF™ composting toilet system is part of Sarah Richardson’s home design for designLIVE at IDS08 (Interior Design Show) in Toronto. The show runs this weekend at Exhibition Place.

Sarah Richardson is the star of HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Design Inc.

We have more photos to come, but for now here is a quick video of the Envirolet®.

Monday, October 1, 2007
Ban the Flush

Facing Drought? We Have the Solution.

BUZZ WORD Facing drought in California, solutions are needed. From Yahoo! News:

“For half a century the saltwater lake had slaked the thirst of the urban sprawl of several million that is Los Angeles and its surrounding area, with tributaries flowing into the lake diverted towards the city.

The result of decades of plundering Mono Lake’s water supply were devastating. A key island in the center of the lake became a peninsula as water levels receded, exposing nesting grounds of gulls to hungry coyotes and forcing the birds to leave.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Envirolet Basic Plus in Ohio: "Thank you for an outstanding product."

Thanks to Gary in Ohio for sending some nice photos and comments about their Envirolet Basic Plus composting toilet system (waterless non-electric all-in-one). Their Envirolet replaced an aging outhouse.


You were requesting some pictures of our Envirolet. We installed the system with breeze in our cabin in Michigan. We are in the Huron National Forest and getting a septic system was out of the question. We heard of Envirolet on the internet and was ordering the system the next day. We are so please to let you know it definitely comes in handy. We do have an outhouse that is centuries old and now we prefer the Envirolet System. Thank you for an outstanding product. “

Gary K.

Basic Plus in Ohio

Basic Plus in Ohio

Thanks, again! We appreciate it. Send us your Envirolet photos and comments!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Envirolet in The Clean Hub in New Orleans

Here is an early photo of the Envirolet DC12 (12v) composting toilet system in The Clean Hub (pre-fab housing made from a recycled shipping container) in New Orleans.

If you look (really) close you can see the Wind Turbine ventilator on the roof. Look at the image on flickr for a better view.

More photos to come!

Monday, June 11, 2007

World Water Shortages

Nathan posted on Greenthinkers a short video written and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio that highlights the grim situation of water shortage around the world.

Worth watching.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Composting Toilets

Composting Toilets on National Geographic

National Geographic discusses composting toilets in this short video clip. Great to see compost toilets discussed and promoted like this!

The style and comfort of our new Envirolet VF will definately help bring composting toilets to the mainstream!

Via compostingtoilet.org.

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