Letter from Linda Ochs:
One of the features I like about the Sun-Mar non-electric
unit is the fact that it uses no electricity or water which saves
hundreds of thousands of gallons of water as well as no additional
electrical loads. Our house runs on solar power for electricity
so this is an important feature.
Mother Nature composts naturally and this product
follows along this guideline. Our society has a crazy system of
dirtying clean water with our waste, shipping it to a treatment
plant, adding potentially deadly chemicals to "clean it up",
and then put it back into our waterways again. This system is not
an effective or efficient way to deal with our wastes. If we could
get the idea of composting as THE way to deal with waste disposal
we could save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from going
through the "business as usual" system.
I also wouldn't mind my photo that I am sending with
this letter being used in your catalog. I tell all my friends about
my system and give tours of my home so people can see the environmentally
friendly items that do exist and can be incorporated into their
homes. I put cedar closet boards behind the unit to help control
possible odors/insect problems and decorated the stack air vent
with a silk ivy garland to make it blend in better with the decor.
There are two full-time residents at our house so
this unit works pretty well for our needs. Visiting friends and
relatives are surprised there is no big odor problem and how simple
the composting idea is.
The problem I see with most "new" or "different"
environmentally friendly products is that society does not like
change. We are used to the status quo and don't want to have to
do things differently. Nor do we want to know what happens to our
waste. A flush takes care of everything, we think. I urge people
to take a tour of the sewer plants in their area and really see
what happens to our resources. I try to encourage people to take
some kind of responsibility for their wastes and this is one way
they can do that. I haven't had anyone actually purchase one to
date, and the most common answer is that they are very expensive
compared to a standard system. Maybe if they had to pay their sewer
bills out of their pocket instead of being hid in their tax bill,
they might see the true cost and change their minds. That's what
I hope for.
-Linda S. Ochs