[permaculture] female pee collectors

hannah brumerskyj han_ysic at yahoo.com.au
Fri Oct 27 00:55:47 EDT 2006

Hi there
  I have collected in a bucket before and kept it with a lid on beside the toilet. Recently I started using an old soft drink bottle. I think it's a 1.25L bottle, like Coke and once empty I just sqeeze it flat and cut accross in a straight line about 7cm down. (you could adjust to suite you. The resulting shape fits well for females to use and the flexible nature of the plastic boulds to the body. I work during the day so only collect at home and one is always sufficient to collect from the night until the morning when I use it to water a different part of the garden each day. Diluted for most veges, straight under the citrus trees. 

Graham <grahamburnett at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
  At our Dial House compost toilet 
http://www.gb0063551.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bog/compostbog.htm we simply 
made a second chamber for women to pee in (in the photo at the top of 
the page it's to the left of the 'main' loo chamber, where the 'Humanure 
Handbook' is lying, when the pic was taken this section was being used 
for storage of soak material and was later adapted simply but cutting 
another hole in the lid with a jigsaw), its just a bucket full of dry 
straw. This gets added to the main compost heap when full.

Simple and free!

Graham www.spiralseed.co.uk

Pat Meadows wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Oct 2006 19:56:07 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:
>> Given the responses to my mentioning that my partner and I have not found an ideal urine collector for her, I thought I would elaborate. The main design goals are for a collector that is comfortable to use (preferably a hand-held container to save space), does not allow for dripping or leaking (I am a clean freak), is large enough for at least a couple days, will not spill, and that has a lid to avoid odor. I bought this thing called a "Feminal" that was a little small, but otherwise seemed promising. I was really disappointed (and pissed off, really), when I discovered that the lid is ridiculously difficult to put back on, totally voiding its practicality. My partner liked that she could use it standing up, that it fit nicely, and that it had an ergonomic shape. The lid seems to be the hardest part to deal with because a vulva-shaped opening cannot have a screw on top. If Jude's mayonnaise container had a handle, maybe that would satisfy our needs, though Zephyr
>> doesn't like the wide openings of most containers. I know there must be an easy solution out there. We save all our pee, so we need something that really works. I think my long-term solution will be to attach a tube to a funnel which will go through our strawbale bathroom wall into a 50 gallon drum or something that I will empty as needed. Unfortunately, storing urine results in the loss of nitrogen.
> There's a very easy, pleasant solution for women (and men too if they wish
> to use it, of course). 
> I discovered this last year when I had a very badly broken leg. I wasn't
> allowed to put any weight on my leg and had to use either a wheelchair or a
> walker. I couldn't maneuver either the wheelchair or the walker into our
> very small bathroom. So we bought a commode. It was not cheap. 
> You sit on it, just as you would a normal toilet. Then you remove the
> 'pot' part and dump the contents into your regular toilet or compost or
> wherever you want it. Then you rinse the pot. No odor, it's comfortable,
> it's clean.
> (It also can serve as a second toilet for emergencies or if you have
> company.)
> The only drawback is the cost: about $90. We had to buy ours locally, in
> a hurry, from a medical supply store. Maybe they can be bought cheaper
> when it's not an emergency. Some are foldable, for storage. 
> If I were going to save urine for the compost or garden, I think a commode
> would definitely be worth the cost.
> This is the kind of thing I mean:
> http://www.healiohealth.com/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jmrohqpmc
> Pat
> -- northern Pennsylvania
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