Composting toilets come in many shapes and sizes depending upon the number of users. They can be homemade, custom-built, or manufactured. (istock)

Composting toilets come in many shapes and sizes depending upon the number of users. They can be homemade, custom-built, or manufactured. (istock)

Today’s composting toilets are not the equivalent of a port-a-potty stashed away in the basement. In fact, some models look similar to everyday commodes, but they all save water for drinking and showering. And they don’t stink, require chemicals to clean, or flush or discharge human waste into the natural environment.



 Empty, partially filled, and mostly filled plastic water bottles remain long after outdoor events are over. It’s hard to determine how many are actually recycled and how much water is wasted. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Empty, partially filled, and mostly filled plastic water bottles remain long after outdoor events are over. It’s hard to determine how many are actually recycled and how much water is wasted. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

All of Rhode Island’s programs, initiatives, and goals are well-meaning actions, but without concrete efforts backing them up, they won’t stem the tide of plastic pollution in any significant manner.


Deepwater Offers Information, Fishermen Want Compensation

Deepwater Wind is trying to keep fishermen happy while it builds more offshore wind facilities. The latest effort aims to protect commercial fishing gear, but fishermen and their advocacy groups want broader protections for the fishing grounds and their livelihood.

 The work needed to make the interconnections to the power grid for two industrial-scale solar projects in Cranston would clear the forest canopy that connects two conservation areas. (R.I. Land Trust Council)

The work needed to make the interconnections to the power grid for two industrial-scale solar projects in Cranston would clear the forest canopy that connects two conservation areas. (R.I. Land Trust Council)

 The entire project, including the interconnection work, is expected to require the clear-cutting of some 64 acres of forestland. (istock)

The entire project, including the interconnection work, is expected to require the clear-cutting of some 64 acres of forestland. (istock)

 Like most rural communities trying to hold on to their natural character, Hopkinton is struggling with utility-scale solar energy. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Like most rural communities trying to hold on to their natural character, Hopkinton is struggling with utility-scale solar energy. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)


Vital Forest Ecosystem Put    in Danger by Power

CHEPACHET, R.I. — A recent rally was held to protect Rhode Island’s largest tract of contiguous forest from bulldozers and the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure.


Housing Densities Threaten R.I.’s Coastal Salt Ponds

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — In this town’s most-densely developed area, excess nitrogen from coastal dwellings is threatening the health of salt ponds that are the foundation of the local tourism industry.