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Green to the Extreme: The EcoJohn Toilets

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Human waste is a part of life; we all generate it, we all need to dispose of it. Some of us abide by the clever rhyming adage "if it's yellow, mellow, if it's brown, flush it down" but with the state's increasingly perilous water levels on most minds, it's increasingly harder to even just take a seat on the old porcelain throne without worrying about the environment.

Enter the EcoJohn line of toilets, all of which are waterless and handle waste in an environmentally-friendly (and often helpful manner.) Today's OC Register shares with us a look at the crappers that come from Fountain Valley. Here are the four extreme green choices that are set to revolutionize your bathroom-going experience:

EcoJohn Basic: A composting toilet that separates liquid and solid waste. Liquid waste is diverted to a drain pit or septic system; solid waste is dried and can be used as compost. Cost: $1,095. EcoJohn Sr.: An incinerating toilet that reduces solid and liquid waste to sterile ash. Cost: $3,695.

EcoJohn WC5: A propane-based incinerator that works with low-flush toilets. Waste is stored in a holding tank, then burned off by an industrial-strength burner. Cost: $6,495.

EcoJohn WC16: A diesel-based incinerator with a greater capacity than the WC5 model. Waste is stored in a holding tank, then burned off by an industrial-strength burner. Cost: $12,995.

Not much has evolved in the world of the toilet since the old pull-cord water closet morphed into the unit our rear ends have come to know in the past century, so a change was seemingly due in the minds of the EcoJohn folks. because of its unique methods of waste-handling, the EcoJohn Sr--the one that incinerates waste--is actually classified as a barbecue; obviously the theoretical temptation to multi-purpose the unit with, say, a rack of sauce-laden ribs ready for grilling will be curbed.
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So how does it work? Well, according to the Register: "After a user does his business, he closes the lid and a large, screw-like auger turns and carries the waste to the burn chamber where the propane burner then bakes urine, feces and paper into ashes." But you aren't left with piles of ashes; according to the Global Inventive Industries, Inc, the EcoJohn's manufacturing company, it will take a family of four a year and a half to produce one cup of white ash. From your ass to ash, huh? Going green has gone to a whole new level, and that's no bull.

Photo by Preters via Flickr