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Why One Community is Creating an Open Source Vermiculture Toilet

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One Community is incorporating vermiculture bins into our composting toilet plans as one way to share with the world how to add a compost bin into any human waste disposal plan. Doing this will take composting with worms indoors with a new eco-friendly toilet we believe anyone will be able to duplicate. In our opinion, there are more and more people starting to think about how to compost at home and we are open source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing plans for a vermiculture composting toilet (and eco-showers) as part of the earthbag village (Pod 1) that will incorporate vermiculture bins into an eco-friendly toilet model that will:

● Teach people how to make their own eco friendly toilets and compost at home
● Demonstrate indoor worm composting as an option for human waste disposal
● Include a traditional septic for people that want one and counties that need one



Worms for Composting and Zero-waste Living

Building a composting bin and composting with worms is nothing new; what is new is what we see as a large shift in people interested in what we call living For The Highest Good of All and comprehensive sustainability focused on zero-waste living that includes a re-examination and consideration of our current collection and processing approach to human waste disposal through collection at centralized processing centers, sterilization, and then pumping it into our global water bodies.

 “Turn the ‘garbage’ into ‘compost’ for the garden of your life.”
~ Author Unknown

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While most people are still thinking about how to make a compost bin for home-garden or basic indoor composting only, we see a much broader application if eco-friendly toilets incorporating vermiculture and worm composting can be made easily, safely, more affordably, so it’s easy to use, and in compliance with county requirements. We are now designing a vermiculture composting bathroom that will meet these requirements with the added open source details covering exact labor hours to build it yourself, detailed materials costs and where to buy, maintenance requirements, compost production volume based on number of people using it, trouble shooting, working with your local government guides, and more.

Earthworm composting and red worms composting are incredibly efficient ways to convert everything from paper to table scraps and even human waste into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Vermiculture composting experts agree that compost produced by worms will produce the best results and help your plants thrive.

Click here for a free PDF manual comprehensively covering vermiculture and vermicomposting

Here’s a great overview video including how to make your own worm composting bins from plastic containers you can get pretty much anywhere:

Vermicomposting for the Future

We see worm composting bin integration into eco-friendly toilets as the wave of the future with tremendous benefit and application especially for third-world countries struggling with waste disposal and food production. Before this can happen, however, we see the necessity for demonstrating and open source sharing a model that is affordable and easy to build and use while simultaneously meeting existing international building and health standards.

This is what we are creating and the earthbag village is where we will be integrating this vermiculture composting toilet first:


Click here for a free PDF manual comprehensively covering vermiculture and vermicomposting
Here are open source urine separating toilet seat design plans we’ll be implementing with this system
Here are building instructions for another version of a “dry” toilet that separates all liquids



The Benefits of Creating a Culture of “How Can I Help” and “Build On Top Of”

dream together, dream a reality, reality dream, creating a reality together, we're in this togetherOne of the greatest learnings about leadership and team management that we have gained from operating a project of the magnitude and scope of One Community is the value of creating a culture of “how can I help” and “build on top of.” Working with diverse teams on goals as large as ours has clearly identified the value of these approaches in supporting the necessary on-going positive mindset, energy, accountability, proactivity, and leadership supportive of our collective success. Because of this, we have made these two statements a sort of mantra within our organization that is foundational to how we look at accomplishing tasks together.


Creating and maintaining a culture of “how can I help” means expecting all individuals to ask “how can I help” versus appointing a Facilitator or Manager to seek out individuals needing things to do and then assigning tasks. Most of us have had the experience of working with a group where one or more individuals are constantly needing to be asked to help. In situations like these, even with an energetic and willing participant, it still takes on-going energy from someone else to keep these individuals engaged in whatever process is being undertaken. This is energy we would much rather apply to tasks. So instead of accepting that some people just need to be asked all the time, we’ve created and maintain a culture of “how can I help” with the understanding that needing to be asked to help repeatedly is a great opportunity to share feedback so we can all be more accountable and effective moving forward.


The second important mindset and One Community cultural element we have created is the concept of “build on top of.” What this means is that we constantly seek to improve or evolve an existing idea rather than start over because we have recognized the vast majority of what we are doing has never been done to this extent before, and there are a seemingly endless variety of different approaches to doing it. While this doesn’t mean any idea is set in stone, what it does mean is that with a culture of “build on top of” we have found benefit in asking the following key questions first when engaging any part of the One Community project:

  1. How does what I’m about to engage build on top of/fit with everything else?
  2. What has already been done and how can I build on top of that versus starting something new?
  3. Will my contribution, approach, etc. ultimately add to or reduce related net energy/time needs?

Through asking these three simple questions, we have found that we have been able to more effectively maintain our creative input and energy on designing solutions, continued expansion, and what is needed to move everything forward versus less productive approaches.

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