Composting Toilet Trelino for your VAN or RV: how does it work?
Adding a composting toilet to your RV? Do it! After three years of almost full-time roadtripping, we finally have our own fancy schmancy compost Trelino toilet and it’s the best decision EVER!
A Composting Toilet is a toilet designed to process your poo and pee in an environmentally friendly way, without the use of water or chemicals. Instead, the waste is turned into compost, which can even be used as a natural fertilizer for plants. Composting toilets are a sustainable and ecological solution for RVs and is ideal for when you are traveling with your RV for longer periods of time.
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SHIT MATTERS: why we chose the Trelino Composting Toilet
After quite a search for the best Composting Toilet, we found Trelino. 2 important factors jumped out immediately: price and design. A Trelino composting toilet starts at 299,- which is a real bargain for a Composting Toilet! And then the design, absolutely stunning. This is simply a toilet that it’s to good looking to hide. They recently won the German Design Award. And we can see why.
When we read up on the products we became even more enthusiastic. After all, the products are very simple to use, small in size and environmentally friendly. Would you like to save even more money or have a unique design for your camper? Then you can also purchase a DIY kit from Trelino and make your own Composting Toilet.
VAN toilet on wheels!
Our van is great but a bit small. With only 5 meters in length, we often have to be creative with our layout. A private bathroom in the bus would of course have been fantastic to accommodate our new luxury dry toilet from Trelino, but unfortunately that space is not there. So we made a fancy spot under the bed and table for our new compost toilet. We changed our table and mounted the table top on a rail, so that we can easily slide the toilet under the bed. For the toilet we have made a platform on wheels with space behind it for a container and toilet paper. We now simply slide the toilet in and out and. Easy peasy!
Trelino’s goal is to protect and not harm favorite travel destinations, and therefore no chemicals are needed to use or clean Trelino’s portable toilets. Water is a scarce resource, especially while traveling, by using a composting toilet you can save on this. Trelino uses recyclable materials to produce the toilets. Sustainability is a high priority for the company, so the products are always produced locally.
How does a composting toilet work?
A composting toilet uses natural processes to break down the solid (your poo) and turn it into compost. Instead of flushing away waste with water, the waste is collected in a special container filled with sawdust or other organic material that helps break down the waste and keeps the smell under control.
So simply put, your pee and poop are immediately separated when you use your composting toilet. Your pee is collected in a urine canister. Urine can easily be disposed of in a toilet connected to the sewer system. After all, you don’t use chemical materials.
The solids, your poop, is collected in a separate container with sawdust or other organic material. Because it does not come into contact with liquids such as pee, it dries quickly and therefore does not smell.
Its that Simple!
Benefits of a composting toilet
- Environmentally friendly: Compost toilets are a sustainable and ecological solution for a toilet in your RV.No chemical materials are used.
- Costs: Compost toilets may be expensive to purchase, but in the long run it is cost-friendly. Fluid for your chemical toilet is not cheap, besides, you also have to empty your toilet every week which you have to pay for very often. If you travel a lot and for a long time, then a composting toilet is cheaper in the end.
- Odor control: Compost toilets are designed to reduce and control odor. The use of organic material such as sawdust helps neutralize odors.
- The eye wants something too: how pretty do dry toilets look these days.
Litter for the composting toilet
Litter is an important part of a dry toilet or composting toilet. It is used to cover and absorb poo and urine, reducing odors and stimulating the decomposition process. Litter can consist of various materials, including sawdust, wood chips, coconut fibers, leaves and straw.
Choosing the right litter depends on several factors, including availability, cost and personal preference. Sawdust and wood chips are common choices because of their availability and relatively low cost. Coconut fibers are a more durable alternative and also have good absorption properties.
It is important to regularly add litter to the dry toilet, depending on the use and size of the bin. Adding enough litter covers and absorbs the waste, reducing odor and the risk of germs.
Compost toilet paper
Toilet paper can be thrown away in your toilet’s dumpster. If you still want to use this for compost then it is important that you use chlorine-free, recycled paper with no print or organic colors. We are big FAN of the Good Roll, but other sustainable toilet paper is possible too.
Does a dry or compost toilet smell?
Hardly at all! A dry toilet or composting toilet smells much less than, say, a chemical toilet. It even almost odorless. If anything stinks, it is the urine rather than the feces. By using good sawdust or other organic material your poop dries up quickly and has and no odor. In addition, our Trelino Toilet seals well and you can always close the container as well. Fresh urine is also odorless, but begins to smell during the decomposition process when bacteria convert the urea to ammonia.