For the past three years, Art Cormier has lived in a self-built Tiny Home parked behind his rock climbing gym (the Rok Haus) in Lafayette, Louisiana. His cozy little set up includes a simple Tiny House greywater and composting system, perfect for anyone who owns their own land.
Through trial and error Art has come up with an efficient, eco-friendly lifestyle that includes composting and the reuse of his greywater. The best part? His systems are easy to replicate for any DIYer!
Watch the video below to learn about Art’s Tiny House greywater and composting systems
Art uses a Composting Toilet: The Nature’s Head. Psssst…. we use the same one!
Art states that he empties the solids portion of his toilet every six months. He does this by emptying the receptacle into his self-built, rotatable, backyard, compost container. In this container, he also composts food scraps and yard waste. The temperature of the contents needs to hit 200 degrees to properly compost or sit for two years.
I know what you’re going to say: But… it’s human waste!!! Isn’t that gross?!?! Consider your opinion on manure for a moment. Manure is animal dung, used to fertilize land. When handled properly, manure and “humanure” should produce high quality soil. Now consider synthetic fertilizers, and how they are banned by the USDA for use in Organic farming. If you really think about how we handle our toilet waste (flushing it with clean water and adding chemicals) it’s not economical, environmental or hygienic. For more information on “humanure” composting, check out the Humanure Handbook by Joseph C Jenkins.
If reusing toilet matter still grosses you out after researching, it’s okay. It’s not for everyone. Please still compost your food scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings, etc. Composting reduces landfill waste and incineration, and therefore pollution. It’s also a great way to create a healthy garden. The heat generated by composting can also be used as a source of energy. For example, running a hose through a compost pile is a great way to heat water.
Art’s Tiny House Greywater System
Art uses the water from his shower and kitchen sink to water his garden. This simple set up is basic. It’s simply an underground hose that directs greywater to his trees. He uses biodegradable soaps so as to make sure the trees and grass are not harmed. In fact, they are thriving! One cautionary note, Art lives in Lousiana. He doesn’t have to worry about his greywater freezing. In cold climates, it’s a good idea to dig your greywater below the frost line and/or create a french drain. Always make sure it is legal to dispose of your greywater on your land before creating this type of system.
A few highlights of Art’s Tiny House:
- 24V Lighting System with LEDs
- 24V Chest Refrigerator
- Stainless Steel Custom Countertop
- Homemade Sliding Shoji Door
*Visit Art’s Tiny House website for more tips!
*This article was originally posted on Tiny House Listings