09th Nov 2018


Yvonne says, “Microsoft founder Bill Gates hit the headlines this week by unveiling a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.

 “The toilet that Bill Gates launched uses chemicals rather than water to remove the waste and is the brainchild of research projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation has spent more than $200m on researching the field across the last seven years resulting in twenty cutting-edge sanitation products, intended to destroy harmful bacteria and prevent disease. The products launched by Bill Gates willno doubt,in time, change the lives of communities around the world but it is clear that we are some way from having a waterless toilet available to all.  

“In the meantime the industry must take seriously the issue of saving water in the bathroom. How much water we use in the home is becoming a burning issue, with 22 % of all the water used in the home down to toilets and 25% from showers, bathroom are  increasingly under the spotlight.

“A study by the Energy Saving Trust estimated that we use 840 billion litres of water each year for showers and flush more than 740 litres down the loo, equating to enough water to fill 300,000 Olympic swimming pools.

“If the industry does not take action then other ways may be imposed upon them.  

“Last year a leading academic suggested that the government may need to introduce restrictions on appliances such as showers, following a report from the National Infrastructure Commission that calculated that Britain would need to find an extra 4,000 million litres a day to cope with a drier climate and population growth by 2040.

“More recently, the Government’s 25 year environmental strategy has called for targets of around 80 litres per person per day by, an ambitious target given that this is currently estimated to be around 142 litres. 

“Many manufacturers have developed water saving products but we need greater support for the Label and help to communicate its benefits.  It is currently used on 12,500 products and supported by 144 brands, this could be so much more but we need the industry to get behind it and drive forward real change.”

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