Today is World Toilet Day.
I know what you’re thinking. There’s officially a day for everything now. But why do we need a day for a toilet – something everyone obviously already knows about?
Because there is a huge population of the world who doesn’t have one. In the US, we tend to take our access to clean, running water for granted. But While the Western world grapples with ways to reduce the amount of water used in our clean, abundant and convenient bathrooms, almost half the people in the world lack a safe way to go to the bathroom. We have traveled many places where THIS was considered a nice bathroom:
Across the world, over 1.5 billion people are living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. The open pit latrines common in these places increases the spread of disease through transmissions from flies and other insects. This isn’t a matter of indoor plumbing or giving people nicer bathrooms. This is a SERIOUS health issue across the globe.
EVERY DAY 2,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM LACK OF PROPER SANITATION. Do you know what that means?
One thing is abundantly clear: this is a serious issue. American Standard saw this as a problem and created the Flush for Good campaign to try to help.
A team of American Standard engineers conducted field research in villages located in the Rajshahi region of Bangladesh in 2012. Based on their findings, the American Standard team invented a cost-effective, hygienic toilet pan called SanTo that uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to reduce disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air, keeping flies out. Plus, they’ll help reduce the occurrence of odors, thus improving sanitation and quality of life for users.
For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate one sanitary toilet pan for a developing country. You can also help on Facebook, with a sanitary toilet pan being donated for every 100 likes and shares.
I am so pleased to be supporting this campaign. I love that American Standard has latched on to a cause that is related to their products and is doing what they can – not just to donate money – but to EDUCATE people about this important global health issue.
One lucky Girlymama reader will win a $200 Gift Card to Home Depot, courtesy of American Standard!!
One winner will be selected at random and will be notified by email. Winner must have a U.S. Mailing address. For other contest rules, see our giveaway policies page.