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Praise for

Essential Composting Toilets

For over a hundred years our society has been treating water and waste as necessary evils rather than resources to be celebrated. A Victorian paradigm that is incredibly wasteful and damaging continues to underlie how we handle our most precious resources in nearly every city and community on the planet. There is a better way.

In this important book the Baird’s shed critical insights on the power and rightfulness

of composting our waste and closing the loop between nutrient and fertility.

Their depth of knowledge, practical experience and collected examples provide a way

forward that is responsible and regenerative.

— Jason F. McLennan, CEO, McLennan Design,

and founder, the Living Building Challenge

Get your shit together the right way, on the first try. This book is one of

the best researched and presented books on the topic of composting toilets

that I have ever read and is a must-have for anyone wanting to create resilient

closed-loop systems on their home, acreage, or farm.

— Rob Avis, P. Eng, co-author,

Essential Rainwater Harvesting

As a builder and manager of several humanure composting systems I can enthusiastically

recommend this essential guide! Gord and Ann Baird begin this book with a

simple statement: Thermophilic composting at the right temperature for the right

amount of time transforms humanure into safe and nutrient rich compost.

From this essential point they present the full range of options for reconnecting

the missing link in our nutrient cycle. From the home scale to the urban office building,

solutions are thoroughly examined and clearly explained.

— Darrell Frey, Three Sisters Farm, author,

Bioshelter Market Garden

and co-author,

The Food Forest Handbook

True to form, Ann and Gord Baird once again lead on the innovation front with

their informative and timely guide “Essential Composting Toilets”.

Their research, pragmatism and practical experience, has resulted in a significant

contribution to the advancement of water conservation practice in BC.

— Eric Bonham P.Eng,

Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia (PWSBC)


Gord and Ann Baird have written a totally practical, inspiring guide that shows

how we can work in partnership with the bacteria and worms to build healthy,

safe residential composting toilets. Their dedication to detail is astounding.

All praise to the psychrophilic and mesophilic bacteria — and to the Bairds!

— Guy Dauncey, author,

Journey to the Future

Gord and Ann take on this potentially shitty subject and present it with a

wonderful balance of science and humor. As we embark upon an owner-builder

off-grid home project, this book could not have come at a better time.

The guidance provided for working with building officials is invaluable.

It helped us ask the right questions, and gave us additional confidence

that we were making the right choices.

— Jeff Walton, Cowichan Valley.

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