Miscanthus (also known as silvergrass) is the perfect renewable, climate-friendly organic biomass material. When used in your dry separation toilet, miscanthus reliably absorbs moisture, binds odours, and is fully compostable. Owing to its natural neutral pH, it´ll always keeps the contents of your solid waste container in balance so you won´t have to deal with any unpleasant odours or insects attracted by the smell. Instead, your nose will be caressed by the delicate fragrance of hay, evocative of a freshly mown meadow in summer!
Miscanthus is the perfect additive with the feeling of endless summer for your Kildwick composting toilet. What´s more, it´s completely allergy-friendly. Its unique structure prevents shavings from drifting around and spreading around your toilet (as happens with, say, pine needles). This means less work for you - and hence more time for the nicer things in life!
The ecological benefits of bulking material from Kildwick speak for themselves. The miscanthus plant grows extremely quickly and is very robust. It´s frost-resistant, requires barely any fertilizer, and needs hardly any pesticides either. But the best thing about miscanthus is that bees and other pollinating insects love its inflorescence. Mind you, it´s not just bees that adore silvergrass. Did you know that a miscanthus field isn´t harvested annually in its entirety? Instead, it´s cultivated as a permanent crop and remains on the field for up to 20 years. Starting in the second year of growth, only the upper part of the plant is harvested. The rest of the plant is left standing, providing a safe, long-term home or a warm overwintering spot for not just insects but also many wild animals.
A 2.5kg packet of miscanthus cover material lasts about 14 days when used daily by two people.
In a nutshell, Kildwick miscanthus is ideal for composting toilets! By the way, if you´d like to learn more about different types of bulking material, there´s a blog post which is just what you´re looking for!