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Want to change the world? Flush green.

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Two buttonsOK, the world changes in small ways at a time, right? And we use way too much water in the USA, right? And a whole lot of that is down the toilet, right? And lots of low-water toilets don’t flush very well, right?

So I think this is serious news.

Came across the Caroma toilets from Australia at the Green Building Supply down in Fairfield, IA. Caroma toilets at Green Building SupplyUnlike US toilets, Caromas have two flush buttons: one for urine and one for solids. The urine flush uses only .8 of a gallon of water (compared to most low-water toilets’ 1.6).

Equally wise, it has a 4″ trap so it doesn’t plug (American toilets are 2.5″—a local plumber once told me he had advised a customer to “take a stick and break it up” before flushing). Some Caroma users maintain they have never needed the solids flush button.

They are not cheap – it’ll be a while till I have one – but according to the spreadsheet available here, using them at my place would save four thousand five hundred gallons of water a year!

If you enjoy gizmos (I confess), or your heart beats green, check out their page.

This kind of thing really is part of honorable stewardship of what God’s given us. Really!


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Written by Monte

April 26, 2007 at 12:32 pm

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  1. Believe it or not, I’ve yet to lay my eyes on one. Until I came across the ad, I’d never even heard of it! Sounds like a revolution in the making!
    About ten years ago, the USA passed laws restricting toilets to 1.6 gallons/flush. But mostly manufacturers took the old ones and set them up to deliver less water. Which meant they didn’t work. I built a house shortly after that, and wrestle with the plunger several times a week.
    The ones on the market now work better, I think, but the water savings of the Caroma is extremely hard to find.

    Monte

    April 29, 2007 at 8:52 am

  2. :D How delightful to come across this, amid all your other thoughtful and thought-provoking propositional posts. I have a Caroma loo with dual flush, but I had no idea that this type of toilet was not already standard! We benefit so much from many green inventions from the US, I hope this one takes off as well. There are even greener loos on the market, but this one is a good step in the right direction of better stewardship of our water and planet.

    peoplesgeography

    April 28, 2007 at 11:07 pm


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