Open-air and completely private, our community toilet comes with a garden view! While enjoying the view give our hand-held, eco-friendly bidet a try, we have provided illustrated instructions on how to use it!
Toilet paper is of course provided at Hedonisia but we encourage guests to use our bidet which allows you to use less toilet paper as well as enjoy a “cleaner” feeling that comes from washing instead of wiping!
We encourage all Guests and Volunteers to at least try it out! And for those who have never used a bidet, we have provided some basic instructions to help you out! Though washing may seem awkward at first, remember the toilet is a private place so no-one can see if you make a mistake! Just be sure to clean up afterwards!
Most people who learn to wash after their toilet describe that they feel much cleaner afterwards. This method is more hygienic than using Toilet Paper, where no matter how much you wipe, you are never really “clean”. Only water does that!
According to a classic survey, half of TP users have “fecal contamination”, in their underpants. Just apply logic to realize that “wiping” is less clean than “washing”. Excessive wiping can also cause personal health problems such as anal fissures. Furthermore, the chlorine used to bleach TP white pollutes many waterways around the world killing marine life in rivers, lakes and oceans.
Toilet paper is one of the greatest paper disasters on the planet! Millions of trees die every year so we can wipe our bottoms in a way that is not very hygienic.
On the other hand, the environmental impact of the bidet is minimal in comparison. And the personal health (and social!) benefits are quite real.
Hygiene with intimacy! Perhaps that is why France, known as a nation of romantic lovers, created the bidet! A tout moment, ils sont prêts pour l’amour!
Bidet is a French word. However, not only the French prefer washing; in Asia it is common to wash the bottom with water. In fact, if Asia, with a population of more than 2.5 billion, decided to follow the Western Toilet Paper “lifestyle”, the impact on the world’s forests would be devastating.
The Hedonisia Hawaii “Eco-Toilet” has the following health and hygiene features:
- It is a normal flush toilet!
- Septic to county specifications of 10 fee and capped in concrete.
- Toilet facilities are cleaned daily with eco-friendly cleaning agents.
- The Eco-toilet has enjoyed over a decade of continual usage without a single health related complaint.
- Due to its semi-outdoor location the eco-toilet reduces the need for deodorizers and air fresheners. Indoor air fresheners are increasingly linked with health problems. A 2007 study by the Natural Resource Defense Council found that 12 of 14 of the most common household air fresheners include phthalates, which have been linked to health issues. For more information see http://www.nrdc.org/.
Using a Bidet versus Toilet Paper or Washing versus Wiping!
- The average American uses 57 sheets of toilet paper a day;
- Collectively, we wipe through 36.5 billion TP rolls each year.
- Not using TP in America would save 15 million trees, 17.3 terawatts of electricity, and more than 473 billion gallons of water annually.
Our Eco-Toilet-with-a-Garden is literally the most photographed room on the property! Though the toilet itself is a normal flush toilet; it is located in a private tropical garden! So you get to enjoy the call of nature while enjoying a beautiful view of nature!
We describe our toilet as ‘eco-friendly’ for the following reasons:
- At a higher cost to our community, we only use natural recycled septic safe toilet paper.
- Sewage is treated naturally with Effective Micro Organisms (EMS) that break down organic waste into nutrients and saving the need for removal, trucking and chemical treatment at another location. The EMS solution we use is more expensive than chemical treatment but is also much more eco-friendly.
Eco-Tip for Creating a portable bidet!
For those who wish to continue to wash when they go back home, the cheapest “bidet” is simply a plastic bottle which is permanently located by the toilet bowl. We recommend a 1-liter bottle because that ensures a thorough wash!
When you wish to use the toilet you simply fill the bottle with warm water and locate it beside you. After your toilet you can use the bottle to pour the water down the crack of your bottom so you can wash yourself with the other hand.
The advantage of this method is that you can use warm or hot water which is much more pleasurable than cold water! Finally, if you do “succeed” and change this important life habit, you will be doing your part to save the world!
Certain tropical plants such as bananas, bamboo, coconut and papaya love to be peed on! It is much more eco-friendly to pee on plants that need it causing less usage of the toilet facilities. Each time a person pees outdoors we save 1-4 gallons of water and on toilet paper.
In our volcanic crater we have planted dozens of bananas making it a great private place to answer the call of nature!
Nearer to the common facilities we have created an eco-friendly Bamboo Pee Garden for all Guests located near the Chicken Coop!
We have been told over the years that many of our visitors from the city have never had the opportunity to pee outdoors. Especially women. At Hedonisia we offer ‘normal facilities’ but we also offer the option so women can enjoy private, female friendly facilities safely in the great outdoors!
Visitors have liked them so much that we are slowly creating Pee Gardens at all the main lodging spots. This allows you a useful designated place to pee when it is night time. That way you don’t want to walk all the way up to the Eco-Toilet! Pee Gardens are especially handy on rainy nights!
At a number of the gardens we have planted decorative coleus which is not only beautiful but makes a natural toilet paper that is okay for women to use.
The Big Picture
We devote a lot of attention to the toilet issue because this planet is literally drowning in sewage. By trying our small scale experiments we are able to not only reduce our own usage but to provide a teaching model for others.
Almost Anyone can create their own Pee Garden! Even if you live in the city. (okay not in a high rise apartment!) If you live in a house or have legal access to land with a relatively private garden then it is possible. Based on your local climate, you need to have three plants for a successful Pee Garden.
- A tree or plant that likes pee! Google your location and find that plant!
- A tree or plant whose leaves provide privacy and act as natural toilet paper! In Hawaii it is coleus. What is it in your area?
- A tree or plant that provides privacy and smells really nice! Once you live in a place with regular rainfall then some sweet smelling flowers would not only look nice but also mask any unpleasant smells.
If you live in a location with relatively high rainfall then that is the most ideal. If you live in a desert urban area the we would not recommend creating a Pee Garden!
Maintenance. For obvious reasons you would only want to weed a Pee Garden after a heavy rainfall! And still use gloves!
And that’s it! That’s all you need to feel closer to nature and save on your water bills!