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Composting Toilet lessons

Updated: Sep 7

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Time Flies... A week of progress but always more to do. Solutions to two of three pain points with the design were resolved this week, one of which can be prototyped with a mod to our existing composting loo. ๐ŸคŸ Another learning experience again this week, this time about controlling fruit flies with Diatomaceous earth... more experimenting. I can't find exactly how Diatomaceous earth controlls flies - if you know please send a message! I love the science behind stuff ๐Ÿค“.


Why learning about fruit flies? well it was time to empty the solids bin on our existing (non CompoCloset!) loo again and a small empire of fruit flies was discovered. While attempting to clean the seat part to get rid of the flies I discovered a design flaw - that you cant dismantle it to access all areas . Also, the corners were not being effectively stirred and had become too moist. ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค...All more reason to get CompoCloset designed and ready to go asap! These problems with our current composting loo might make you think 'why not just get a chemi loo?' Well, as unpleasant as the flies were (not very) I didn't gag once because there isn't any smell from the compost! Unlike after 3m33s into this video! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ On the marketing front, the Head of Marketing, Jamie, taught me about a great technique to identify both influential and actionable variables - clues for who would like our toilet (๐Ÿ˜ฒwho wouldn't!?) and those which we can actually use (I can't be at the point of sale physically if we're selling online). As a data junkie this was right up my street... but as with all data endeavours - actually getting clean data to will be the hard part!

I always think of advertising departments as a group of sinister people trying to figure out ways to sell me something I don't need in order to line their wallet (think Mr Grinch and Gordon Gekko's love children ๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™‚๏ธ). In reality it's a mutually beneficial endeavour - especially when I'm trying to stop people flushing drinking water down the toilet, pouring chemicals down the drain and having to dread emptying the toilet every few days! ๐Ÿคฎ I hope anyone reading this in Lockdown is safe and well. Stay strong and use it as an opportunity for change! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช (I'm listening to David Goggins' audio book now check it out! )

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