Composting Toilets Canada is the Authorized National Distributor of the Nature’s Head®
The Nature’s Head is an innovative, compact design ideal for cottages, boats or RVs. It eliminates the costly, complex, space-consuming and inconvenient holding tank and septic systems. The Nature’s Head is affordable, easy to install and simple to operate. It holds 60-80 solid ‘uses’, which means two people could go 6 weeks without emptying it. It produces organic compost – not raw sewage
The key to the success of the Nature’s Head is the urine separating design. The liquids and solids flow into separate chambers. You can see in the photo on the right there are two drain tubes in the bowl that should capture most of the urine. The solids drop down when you open the trap door (shown closed here). The urine collects in a removable bottle.
Composting toilets have been slow to catch on, because of problems with odour. This has largely resulted from too much liquid mixed with solids. With too much moisture you don’t get compost – you get a stinking mass of raw sewage! By separating the urine from the solids these toilets solve this problem – resulting in odor free, trouble free composting.
The Nature’s Head is well made of heavy duty, roto-molded plastic and stainless hardware. It is not flimsy, like a port-potti. I can’t think of any way this toilet could break under normal use. The focus is on durability, simplicity and reliability.
This video explains the toilet in detail
Here are some of the features of the Nature’s Head:
- Proudly made in the USA – not China! Fair wages are paid. Strict environmental regulations are adhered to. Children are not employed.
- Five Year Warranty.
- Completely self contained and portable.
- All stainless hardware.
- Full size elongated seat for comfort.
- Disassembles in seconds for emptying.
- Composting handle can be mounted on either side.
- Vent hose and fan may be mounted on either side.
- Unit comes with everything for your installation except the external vent.
- Molded in toilet seat for safety and ease of cleaning.
- Fully supported liquid tank for applications where it extends beyond mounting pedestal.
- Translucent 2.2 gallon liquid tank allows for easy visual capacity inspection.
- Rear of main tank is angled for hull-side installation on boats.
- It’s AFFORDABLE!
The electric receptacle for the 12 volt or AC adapter is conveniently located on the top right of the fan housing. There is minimal current draw. The fan uses 0.07 amps, which is less than 1 watt at 12 volts. You will use 1.7 amp hours of battery capacity every 24 hours. Power-free installation may be possible with a solar vent (this must be sourced separately. We no longer sell the solar vent).The vent hose is attached to the fan side. A wall adapter is available should you want to plug it in to a regular household type receptacle.
Here are the dimensions of The Nature’s Head. You need an additional 2″ front to back, to allow for tilting the toilet top to remove the urine bottle (19.75″ needed, front to back).
Note there are two handles that you can choose from – the shifter handle, and the spider handle. The spider handle rotates, and the shifter goes back and forth like a ratchet.
Getting ready to use the Nature’s Head. Before using the Nature’s Head, and after each time you empty it, you need to put some coconut fiber or peat moss in the lower chamber, to help with composting. Below is an excellent video that explains how to do this.
When it is time to empty the solids bin, you open it up and place a compostable garbage bag over it. Turn the bin upside down and dump the contents into the garbage bag. The entire process just takes a few minutes. The garbage bag can then be placed somewhere else to finish composting.
Let it sit for about 12 weeks and you have finished compost. The finished compost can be placed on ornamental plants. Just to be 100% safe, you never put human compost on vegetables. A slightly more convenient solution is to buy a second bottom chamber. The bottom chamber is then just exchanged when full.
Urine is virtually sterile and does not pose a health risk. Still, you need to be careful where you dump it. Boaters and RVers can simply pour it in a regular toilet, outhouse or anywhere it is legal to take a pee. If the Nature’s Head is installed at a cottage, you could build a simple French drain. This is a small pit, filled with gravel, then covered with landscape cloth, soil and finally grass. A vertical plastic tube should be placed in the middle of the drain so you can pour the urine from the top down into the gravel. Some owners use a flexible plastic tube that runs right from the toilet into a French drain beside the cottage, so they never need to empty the urine container at all.
There is a small 12 volt fan built into the Nature’s Head to ensure continuous air movement. It runs on a miniscule .08 of an amp, but you do need a power source. (In some situations, non electric installations are possible – call me). A 12 volt battery works well for boaters or RV owners. A solar vent can be purchased as an option, which means it will run without outside power (nice!). Cottage owners can order a wall adapter, then plug it straight into any wall outlet. The vent exhausts outside.
Things to consider…
The small size of the Nature’s Head means it will probably not work for more than 2 people full time.The simplicity of the design
requires a bit more involvement from the user than some of the larger, more expensive composting toilets. However, this simplicity is also a positive, since there are no mechanical raking systems or heaters to require maintenance or break down. The only thing that could possibly fail is the fan, and that is a standard computer fan that can be replaced for a few dollars. The Nature’s Head should basically last forever.
The Nature’s Head is a well-made unit that does what it is supposed to do. It is one of the least expensive composting toilets on the market, and will fit in very small spaces. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, (buyer pays shipping, however) and a 5 year warranty. Should you need to return it, there is no “restocking fee” as there is with most composting toilets. It ships from Ontario by UPS, usually the next day.
Here is a good video with tips and suggestions:
Note: if you are in the United States, you need to visit the Nature’s Head USA page.
Purchase the Nature’s Head here.
You can read frequently asked questions about the Nature’s Head here.
There is a detailed user’s guide here.
Installation instructions and videos are here.
Thanks again for being so prompt, skilled, and courteous in handling this order, Richard. Our society certainly would benefit from more folks like you. Much appreciated!
I love it!! Thank you for coming up with this design. My husband and I have crawled all over the web looking for something just like this and it’s actually affordable (when compared to toilets made by SunMar and similar companies). It frees up space where the black water tank would go.
Hi, just a short note to tell you how easy it was to install our Nature’s Head. I bought two units and put one in while a cruising neighbor watched. He actually talked me into selling him one of my units and installed it in his boat. They work great! I’ll reorder a second one in a bit, I’m redoing my 12 volt system as part of a refit before taking a 3 year extended cruise around the world. I’ll continue to spread the word.
Michael Garfield, aboard “Flexible2”
The Nature’s Head has worked great! I have a 30′ Pearson sailboat. The holding tank was way too small and took up room in what would have been a wet locker. It always smelled. It is illegal to pump over board and the pump out stations were not functioning most of the time . With four people on a 3 day weekend the holding tank would soon be overflowing. I looked at replacing the holding tank for a larger size but that reduced space further. I then started looking at composting toilets. The short answer is the first season in Maine the toilet worked like a charm. It doesn’t smell. It was simple to install and I was able to use the composting portion for the whole season with about every weekend use and a week family vacation with at one weekend 7 people on board! Urine disposal is quick and easy. It fits great in a cloth grocery bag and you simply dump it at the marina toilet. The only addition I am going to make is add an extra urine tank as we moor at islands that do not have marinas. The product works like a charm and I don’t have to worry about what my kids are swimming in.
Dr. David Boss, Maine
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I installed this unit on my Pearson 30 in Southwestern Ontario (Canada) as the original holding tank absolutely reeked. It freed up half of the storage area under the v-berth bed, and eliminated all nauseating odours. I love that unlike traditional marine toilets, no hand pumping is required after doing my business. I did find it hard at first to time opening the flap and positioning myself properly for a #2... but with careful attention, this becomes easier. I actually sold my Pearson 30 and have just purchased another Nature's Head to install on my partner's Hughes 38. There is no better toilet on the market for a boat or RV.
Purchased composting toilet installed on Jeanneau 40 DS sailboat. Very happy with unit. Installed in forward head. Absolutely no smell. We are in lockdown in Almerimar Spain going into our four weeks of lockdown. I would recommend this to any sailboat owner. The only change I made to boat was installing AIR ONLY - Deck Ventilator from Hallberg Rassy. Love the vents can close them off if need. Vents do not let water even in rough seas. Great combination. Highly recommended.
This is the best thing for my boat since the furling jib. Absolutely no odour. No pump outs! No holding tank. No stinky hoses. No plugged hoses. No valves.
I was skeptical. But it does the job on my boat. Best invention since the furling jib. ALL boat holding tank systems produce some odour, but this does not. Impressed. Great customer service.
This is a great product that works exactly as advertised. It took a couple of tries to get the moisture content right with the coconut coir. Once I watched the video (should have done that first) all was good.
Early days for our NH composter but so far, very good. Two people over two nights will give you a quite full urine bottle - be 'peepared'. Solids take longer to build up and are easy to remove because the head itself is easy to remove. Before you fill the bag, use a felt pen to write the month and date on the bag. This way you'll know which bag is 12 weeks old or more and should be ready to be mulched into yard compost. NH waste does NOT smell and our guests seem to like it that way.
This is perfect in our tiny home. There really is no smell! Richard is great and he really does pick up the phone. We had many questions and he was very patient.
Simple to install, and it does the job. Took a bit of trial and error to get the moisture just right in the solids bin. It has to be just damp - not wet or dry.