Wee and wash: what next?
In this eco-conscious world o’ ours, it’s great to see some innovation in the bathroom. A real step up from the brick in the cistern.
That’s right. It’s a washing machine. On a toilet.
Of course, there are many (more sensible) eco-friendly toilet solutions.
This sexy number from Matsushita, made from organic glass
claims to be environmentally friendly as it features the industry’s lowest water usage.
Or the Aqus system, which captures water from the bathroom sink to be re-used as flushing water.
And in St David’s, Pembrokeshire, UK, a city trying to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city, rainwater is harvested to service the public toilets.
But as regular readers will know (and I sincerely hope that you’re all regular) one of the things I care most about is the provision of adequate toilets, particularly in developing countries. So I was pleased to see this week that Pump Aid co-founder Ian Thorpe (not the swimmer) is a finalist in the St Andrew’s Prize for the Environment for his Elephant Toilet.
Costing just £20 each to build, the toilets use discarded objects such as plastic bottles and empty ballpoint pens in their construction. The ‘elephant’ toilet name comes from the two ear shapes where the user puts his or her feet and the trunk which separates liquid waste from solid.
The photo comes from Christine Collier’s Malawi diary.
…at one point, he squatted down on a toilet base not yet fitted in situ, to demonstrate how it works and a huge howl of children’s laughter errupted at the obviously recognisable stance … toilet humour crosses all cultural boundaries.
It sure does, Christine.
BTW, how good a name is Matsushita for a toilet company!?