BioDigester, Compost Toilet or Septic?

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BioDigester, Compost Toilet or Septic?

My dilemma is to decide if we should use biodigester tanks, compost toilets or septic tanks in our eco community. How do we deal with human waste and avoid polluting the air, land and water? In honor of Earth Day it seemed appropriate to ponder these questions. As a long term environmentalist and eager eco developer, designing an eco friendly and green development based on regeneration beyond sustainability has become a big part of my leadership  lifestyle and passion purpose. It is my passion project to investigate, research and understand various building designs,  materials and styles to determine what will best serve our businesses, homes and projects in our Belize Eco Village. Building materials that are clean, green, renewable, safe and sustainable will definitely play a prominent role in our master planned community. We are committed to creating an aesthetically appealing, eco environmentally friendly, financially sound and sensibly sustainable Belize Eco Village community on 149+ acres of Caribbean pine and riparian forest land.

Human Waste and Waste Water?

Belize Eco Village

The progress of Belize Eco Village is coming along nicely. Photo by Michael Morningstar.

Did you know that dealing with human waste and waste water is one of the most complex, perplexing and polluting issues around the world? As part of my research for the Belize Eco Village and Wellness center it is vital to investigate other projects for ideas, insights and inspiration for dealing with human waste and waste water. My current focus is on learning about Caribbean and Central America resources and role models for handling both black and grey water waste systems. The goal is to determine a way to blend the best of the best different waste treatment ideas for our eco community projects. Recently we visited the Ahau Tulum, Carmelita Gardens, Monkey Bay and Sattva Land eco projects and learned different approaches in regards to waste and waste water management and treatment. Each of them offer a great business success and sustainability role model having put a lot of effort and thought into their project. They have built a variety of buildings with clever styling and various local building materials.

I am impressed and inspired by their master plans that have evolved with a key focus on regenerative, renewable and sustainability components. They each have a good idea and vision regarding what it means for a business and community to be successful and sustainable. The owners have traveled to many countries and destinations to understand eco communities and what people are looking for. Their master plans and websites promote eco friendly, green and sustainable and they walk the talk. They are currently putting energy, money and time into creating, designing and researching  eco community development and freely share their information. They comply with and exceed the environmental guidelines for habitat preservation and protection. Learning about their construction materials and methods will benefit us with updated and upgraded details to create a higher standard of regeneration beyond sustainability for our Belize Eco Village.

Their buildings are designed to require minimal concrete and more local material to be more eco friendly and efficient. Their awareness of green building, LEED and passive design features creates an opportunity for optimal design for efficiency and sustainability. Using a bio-digester, compost toilet, passive solar water heaters, rain catch, septic tank, solar panels and soon Stabilized Compressed Earth Blocks (SCEB) represents a quantum leap forward. Properly designed homes will be comfortable and cool without large Air Conditioning (AC) units and only require a ceiling fan or use a small zone AC unit. Maintaining a reasonable amount of land for community gardens, green space and permaculutre principles will help create a Garden of Eden appearance and appreciation. By updating and upgrading building materials, methods and mindset we can all be even more eco friendly and regenerative beyond sustainability for the future.

Sustainable Waste Systems

Belize Stream

Belize Eco Village will maintain very high standards for living in a chemical and toxin free environment to protect the air, food, homes, soil and water. Photo by Michael Morningstar.

As more ecologically friendly and passionate people put their heads and hearts together it will soon appear self evident that one of the most environmentally friendly and financially feasible long term solutions will be to use a combination of compost toilets and biodigester tanks. These systems are extremely energy efficient and eco friendly because they produce the best results while being locally sourced, long lasting and low cost long term. These systems can reasonably expect to last for over a hundred years with minimal care and maintenance. This is another reason that compost toilets and biodigester tanks will be chosen as the waste water treatment of choice. Learn more the three systems we will be installing and testing by clicking on the links for: biodigester from SEPTI-K , compost toilets from Sun-Mar and the Pirana septic tank technolog. Your education and experience will help us make better choices.

Regeneration Beyond Sustainability Code of Conduct

Sharing their ideas and intentions for guests and residents to follow will help with our guidelines and home owners manual for safety, self sufficiency and sustainability. We will avoid spraying synthetic chemical compounds like fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides on our property. These synthetic chemical compounds are toxic to people, plants and the planet. It is obvious the long and short tern consequences are too risky to the animals, babies, bats, bees, birds, butterflies and beautiful people living in our community to allow the use of toxic cleaning and outdoor products. We will maintain very high standards for living in a chemical and toxin free environment to protect the air, food, homes, soil and water. We will support holistic health and natural nutrition by adopting leading edge permaculture, regenerative, renewable and sustainable principles with a Declaration of Protective and Restrictive Covenants and Design Standards.

Healthy Habits & Habitats

In 2017 Morningstar NEWS will focus 50% on Healthy Habits and 50% on Healthy Habitats and Sustainability Strategies. We are designing our new Belize Eco Village master planned community by researching other projects in order to role model the best of the best. My passion project is to interview, research and visit super sustainability projects to learn, mentor and role model them. The vision is to attract a wide variety of eco-conscious and passionate people to help design, build and live in an eco friendly, healthy and sustainable community. Imagine a piece of paradise where people will live, retire, visit and work while enjoying an even more happy, healthy and in harmony lifestyle. We will focus on ideas, insights and inspiration as we provide more progress pictures and vivid videos about solutions, stewardship and sustainability. Stay tuned for progress posts with steps, strategies, suggestions and systems to develop the 149 acres of pristine Caribbean pine ridge and riparian forest into a Belize Eco Village master planned eco community.

Where is Your Gap?

What behaviors, beliefs and decisions regarding your habits and habitats are harming your happiness, health and home we call earth? What will it take for you to protect your family, self and our world from damage, degradation and destruction? How can you stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution instead?

Mastery Action Plan (MAP)

It is well documented that our habits and habitats greatly impact our happiness and health. There is a wealth of wisdom on the internet and my blog regarding a wide variety of healthy habits to start and health hazards to avoid. What are you willing to do differently to protect your self and Mother Earth with better choices? A healthy habits and healthy habitat code of conduct and mastery action plan will enhance the quality of life for everyone. Are you ready to do your personal part for rapid results? This year Earth Day is April 22, 2017 and you can find additional ideas and  information here to help you decide how to be part of the solution.

Call to Action

What comments, commitments or concerns come to mind regarding the many benefits of healthy habits and healthy habitats ? Are you ready to learn more and join our terrific team?

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I am Michael Morningstar, the Great NEWS Coach and host for The Great NEWS Perfect Health website and Great NEWS Letter. I am excited about sharing my passion and vision for Great NEWS (Nutrition, Emotions, Wellness & Success) Perfect Health principles.

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