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Nature's Head Composting Toilet: How It Works

In our quest for a planet-friendly and eco-conscious lifestyle, folks everywhere are on the lookout for cool ideas to lessen their impact on the environment. One such innovative solution that's been making waves is the Nature's Head Composting Toilet. It's not your run-of-the-mill toilet – this one's designed to be kinder to Mother Earth and comes packed with a lot of great features that makes it very popular for those who want to live a more sustainable life. The Nature's Head Toilet is a favorite for Van-Life and RV Living enthusiasts. Nature's composting Head also is also making waves in the boating community. So how does Nature's Head composting toilet work? Understanding how composting toilets work is quite easy! Read on to learn more.

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

Understanding the Basics

Nature's Head Toilet is a self-contained, waterless toilet system that utilizes the natural process of composting to break down waste material. It is designed for use in various settings, including off-grid cabins, tiny houses, recreational vehicles (RVs), boats, and remote cottages.

The Nature's Head Composting Toilets offer an efficient and sustainable alternative to your regular toilet or conventional flush toilets that rely on copious amounts of water, septic tanks and sewage systems.

How the Nature’s Head Composting Toilet Works

  • Separation of Urine and Solid Waste: One of the key features of Nature's Head Composting Toilets is their waste separation design. When using the toilet, users deposit urine and solid waste separately. A urine-diverting feature directs urine into a front holding tank, which serves as the liquid waste container. This urine tank holder can be easily maintained as long as it is emptied frequently. This beats the common pee bucket that smell bad. The solid waste, on the other hand, is deposited into a solid waste container with a composting chamber at the rear of the unit.

  • Ventilation System: Proper ventilation is also crucial for composting. Nature's Head Composting Toilets come equipped with a 12-volt fan and a vent hose, which create a continuous flow of air through the composting chamber. This airflow helps control odor and promotes the decomposition of waste.

  • Decomposition and Composting: In the composting chamber, solid waste mixes with a bulking material, typically coconut coir or peat moss, which aids in the decomposition process. The controlled environment, combined with the presence of beneficial microorganisms, accelerates the breakdown of waste into nutrient-rich compost.

  • Regular Maintenance:Users need to perform periodic maintenance to ensure the Nature's Head Composting Toilet operates efficiently. This includes rotating the composting drum to mix the contents and adding bulking material as needed. The front urine container also requires emptying when full.

    You can dispose of your toilet paper in the solids tank. This is not a problem. As long as you do not add any diapers, tampons, or wet wipes to the solids bin. Most of these are made of non-organic cotton and are commonly chlorine-bleached. Just the paper products are allowed.

How to Use the Nature’s Head Composting Toilet

The Nature's Head Composting Toilets are totally user-friendly! All Nature's Head Composting Toilets are designed to ensure a sustainable bathroom solution that works everywhere! With its smart, waterless, urine-separating feature, Nature's Head Composting Toilets can handle approximately 60 to 80 uses before needing to be emptied. That holding capacity really impressed me!

A lot of you may be wondering how comfortable the toilet works in comparison to the regular ones we have at home. Well, Nature's Head made sure we will still have a durable toilet seat in this composting toilet. Due to the toilets being installed and used in boats, vans, or RVs, they made sure that there would be no toilet seat breaks or accidents. Temperature drops or freezing weather is also considered. The composting toilet has to be strong enough to withstand freezing temperatures damage.

Before You Start using your Nature's Head

You'll want to add some compost material to the base of the unit before you begin. We recommend storing your medium in gallon-sized resealable bags for convenience. To fill your toilet or refill it after emptying, simply pour two one-gallon bags of pre-moistened sphagnum peat moss or coco coir into the base. The peat moss should reach the level of the agitator bar when it's in a horizontal position.

Keep the peat moss damp and crumbly, not wet nor soupy. If it's on the dry side, just add a bit of water. You can use a spray bottle when making the medium moist. This will help in controlling the amount of dampness of your medium. When the toilet's not in use, make sure to close the lid to keep insects out and maintain proper ventilation. Remember, the peat moss should be regular/organic sphagnum peat moss with no additives. Avoid using MIRACLE-GRO peat moss.

Use caution in adding your medium. Remember to not add more medium after using the solids section, as it can lead to too much peat moss or coco coir in the unit and this will not make it process faster. In addition, limit your usage to extended periods of time before emptying. Composting works!

Separating Liquids from Solids

The primary idea behind the Composting Toilet is separating liquids liquid wastes from solid waste. Make sure to educate your guests on how to use it properly. This ensures effective composting and helps your guests feel comfortable with this eco-friendly toilet.

Letting urine overflow into the composting chamber can cause unpleasant odors and disrupt the composting process. I would try and avoid this of course. Luckily emptying the urine compartment is pretty easy, and you can always purchase a second urine compartment to switch it out if you are close to being full but not somewhere you can empty it quite yet. 

It is very much recommended for you to sit when using the Nature's Head Toilet. Whether you're male or female, using the toilet while seated ensures that liquids and solids go where they should. The trap door can be open or closed while seated. If you're using the toilet standing up, remember to keep the trap door closed to prevent mixing of liquid and solid waste.

Toilet paper can be placed in the toilet, but keep in mind that it decomposes more slowly than solid waste. So, it might be visible for a while even after the solid matter of human waste has broken down. Any type of toilet paper is okay; thinner brands, like marine or RV paper, compost faster.

I would definitely avoid placing diapers, wipes, or tampons in the solids bin. Many of these items are made from plastic bag a mix of non-organic materials and can't decompose.

Daily Refresh of your Nature's Head Composting Toilet 

To keep your Nature's Head Composting Toilets clean and fresh, most users keep a small spray bottle filled with a mixture of water and 2 oz of white vinegar handy to spritz the bowl if any solid waste sticks. Spraying the bowl also helps keep the urine passages clean.

To avoid urine odors, some people suggest adding a few ounces of white vinegar or a few drops of your dishwashing soap.

After you go #2, agitate the composting process by give the compost medium a gentle 2-3 revolutions to mix the waste in. Keep the contents of compost pile the solids bin moist but not wet, and ensure they stay separated from the liquid waste.

You should smell dirt, not sewage

When your toilet is functioning correctly, the composted matter will have a musty or soil-like smell and will visually resemble the original sphagnum peat moss. This indicates healthy composting. If you notice your fully composted part is really wet or smelly, just add more moss or coconut coir and agitate it again and you should be good to go!

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

Nature's Head Composting Toilet

We at Wild Oak Trail decided to get ourselves our own Nature's Head Composting Toilet to see what the fuss is all about! Check out our YouTube videos as we explore why the Nature's Head Composting Toilets are the favorite of the preppers, adventure seekers and the RV living community!


Nature's Head Toilet Unboxing Video

How to Use The Nature's Head Toilet 

Of course, if you have any questions at all about setting up your Nature's Head Composting Toilets, or maintaining it, or checking to see if it's working correctly, give us a call, chat in, or email us at Wild Oak Trail! 1-844-WILDOAK (1-844-954-3625), www.wildoaktrail.com or customersupport@wildoaktrail.com

Cherry May
Cherry May

Cherry May, the heart of Wild Oak Trail as the Store Manager, brings an unmatched dedication to customer service enriched by six years of hands-on experience and learning. Her journey with Wild Oak Trail has seen her evolve into a cornerstone of the community, renowned for her expertise in off-grid living, solar generators, and comprehensive prepping. Customers and colleagues alike applaud her for an impeccable service ethos, effortlessly blending profound knowledge with a genuine commitment to meeting every individual's needs.

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