CAMPING - GEAR
The Nature’s Head self-contained, composting toilet is an alternative to the traditional cassette toilet, with fewer disposal issues.
If you’ve ever been faced with the problem of a full toilet cassette or black water tank and nowhere to empty either correctly, you’ll understand the immediate attraction of the Nature’s Head composting toilet.
In essence, it’s a twin-compartment design, with a liquid waste tank at the front and a ‘solids’ bin at the back. In other words, wee goes in the front and poo in the back.
The wee tank can be emptied when full, while the poo area is where the natural composting takes place. Aiding that important function is a supplied coir-peat ‘brick’ that absorbs liquid content, while a tiny fan circulates air through the chamber and out through the supplied vent hose.
When the poo chamber is full of composted material it’s simply disposed of as garden compost or in a rubbish bin. The design is said to be good for up to 80 uses between cycles.
The USA-made system has a five-year warranty and is marine grade quality, because boats can also benefit from a system that doesn’t need through-hull inlet and outlet fittings. The rear compartment is angled with the shape of boat hulls in mind.
Nature’s Head toilet on test
Two of our Outback Travel Australia testers purchased a composting toilet from the Australian distributors, Enviropro, for $1600 and installed it in a Zone caravan, replacing the standard cassette toilet.
It was supplied with all necessary parts and fitting it proved to be simple. It weighed only 13kg empty, so manoeuvring it into place was light work. The vent hose connected easily to the existing cassette toilet vent outlet.
The evaluation began in early December 2020 and will be the subject of updates during 2021.
The initial impressions were excellent. There have been no issues with its use and the composting system has worked without unpleasant odours from day one.
The fan power consumption has been less than 1.7 amps per day.