It is helpful to the composting process if the solids bin of the toilet is lined with a starter material to ensure an air pocket under the initial deposits, to assist with moisture absorption and to add carbon to the finished compost (something which is lacking in our solid matter). For this purpose a number of different materials can be used, but the best one, in our experience, is cocoa shell.
Whilst our toilets do not require the addition of dry material after each use, it is sometimes helpful to cover up the contents, maybe when guests are coming, and cocoa shell is also useful for this purpose.
For those who want the minimum cost and have storage capacity for a large 10kg sack of cocoa shell we offer this bulk pack.
Cocoa Shell Mulch is made from natural renewable resources as a by product of chocolate manufacturing. Cocoa shells are simply the shells of the cocoa bean. Cocoa beans are a couple of centimetres across, dark brown in colour and grown mainly in Africa.
The cocoa beans are shipped whole into the UK, roasted and shelled. The inside of the bean is used to manufacture chocolate products. Instead of being discarded, the shells are bagged up for use as cocoa shell mulch.
In the manufacturing process, the cocoa shells are physically stripped off after roasting, by blasting air. The shells emerge dried, cleaned and free of weeds etc. In this way another waste product becomes a useful material.