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My bathroom is surrounded by a fuzzy leafed species, planted specifically for this purpose, I imagine. Many people I talk to around here can still vividly remember before toilet paper. I have yet to fully switch over, but I am considering it, and am wondering about the implications for my composting toilet.

  • Can you be more specific about the types of leaves you want to use? – orschiro May 14 '15 at 21:44
  • @orschiro will get a picture up as soon as possible, its harder than you think to remember to bring the camera to the bathroom! – Alex May 15 '15 at 14:32
  • @THelper That sounds like a great answer! Perhaps with a couple of recommendations of what I should throw in there - more sawdust? – Alex May 15 '15 at 14:33
  • I'm confused. You were asking about the toilet, now it's the bathroom. Are you using these leaves instead of a towel after a bath? – andy256 May 17 '15 at 8:28
  • Sorry for the confusion, the toilet is in the 'bathroom', although I do use a towel and I am talking about the toilet. It used to be a water toilet and we converted it, I guess as a prototype. Any new dry toilet will be separated from the shower. – Alex May 17 '15 at 13:10
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I think the only difference of using leaves compared to toilet paper is that you'll be adding more nitrogen to the mix. This means that your C:N ratio will change, but you can solve this easily by adding more browns (carbon).

Some examples of good browns are straw, cardboard or sawdust. You can check the table in this answer to see the C:N ratio of some common household wastes and see what else you can use. Higher numbers mean more carbon.

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