Villa chosen “Top 10 Green Building Products”

July 1st, 2009

The Separett Villa was chosen as one of Sustainable Industries Magazine’s “Top 10 Green Building Products” for 2009! Read about it here.

We are honored that one of our favorite magazines chose the Villa. Editor Charles Redell told us: “The Villa is certainly a less conventional product compared to the products we chose, but we felt it was something the building industry needs to know about.”

More to come!

Ecovita customer report in The Los Angeles Times!

July 1st, 2009

Ecovita customer Susan Carpenter is a reporter at The Los Angeles Times. Recently, to respond to California’s drought, she purchased a Privy Kit from Ecovita. Taking a cue from our photos of customer installations, she purchased a ready-made wooden box from Orchard Home Supply and inserted the Privy Kit, with a container inside (Susan didn’t have a photo for us…). She writes about her experience here:

THE REALIST IDEALIST: Taking the Plunge with a Composting Toilet

Pee On Earth Day is June 21!

June 1st, 2009

PeeOnEarth copy Pee on Earth Day is June 21 (and Dec. 21 in the eastern hemisphere). 

(Ecovita’s Carol Steinfeld was interviewed by Dublin’s News Talk radio show!)

Wherever you are, this is a day to put your urine back into the earth to recycle water and nutrients. 
Nourish plants with your urine’s nitrogen and phosphorus. 
Skip using drinking water for flushing!
PEECYCLE either directly or by depositing your contribution in a container you take outside and apply to:
— Fluffy soil, bark mulch or forest floor (not pavement) 
— Your composter or compost pile (makes brown leaves and woodchips compost faster)
— Or, diluted it with 9 parts water to 1 part urine, around plant roots

Dilute and distribute: Lots of urine deposited in one spot on your lawn can result in nitrogen burn,

(And, yes, we’ll have the bumper sticker available soon!)

More mentions in the media

May 30th, 2009

Ecovita recently was noted in several publications and affiliated blogs, including: 

The Lowell Sun, Popular Mechanics, The Christian Science Monitor, and World Changing

Ecovita noted in The New York Times

March 1st, 2009


“Yellow is the New Green” proclaims the headline of an opinion piece by Rose George for The New York Times. Read it here

Writing in recognition of World Water Week, she extolls the value of urine diversion and quotes Ecovita co-founder Carol Steinfeld. 

She is author of The Big Necessity, a compendium of vignettes about the often-hidden world of wastewater.