The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

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A classic is back in print! One of the favorite books of 1970s back-to-the-landers, The Toilet Papers is an informative, inspiring, and irreverent look at how people have dealt with their wastes through the centuries. In a historical survey, Van der Ryn provides the basic facts concerning human wastes, and describes safe designs for toilets that reduce water consumption and avert the necessity for expensive and unreliable treatment systems. The Toilet Papers provides do-it-yourself plans for a basic compost privy...

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Overview

A classic is back in print! One of the favorite books of 1970s back-to-the-landers, The Toilet Papers is an informative, inspiring, and irreverent look at how people have dealt with their wastes through the centuries. In a historical survey, Van der Ryn provides the basic facts concerning human wastes, and describes safe designs for toilets that reduce water consumption and avert the necessity for expensive and unreliable treatment systems. The Toilet Papers provides do-it-yourself plans for a basic compost privy and a variety of graywater systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132583
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961. As California's State Architect in the 1970s, he initiated landmark programs in energy-efficient building and environmentally appropriate technologies. His innovative designs for homes, sustainable communities, retreat centers, schools, and commercial buildings have received many awards and been widely published.

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Table of Contents

1. Notes on the History of Easing Thyself 17
2. Meet Your Wastes 33
3. Dry Toilets 37
4. How To Build Your Own Compost Privy 57
5. Household Composting 75
6. Greywater Systems 81
7. The Urban Sewer 99
Epilogue 117
Bibliography 121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    An enduring classic

    This is a thought-provoking and inspiring book. It should be read by all architects and city planners, though its actual audience is much broader than those professions.

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