So, the other day I entered a toilet stall and was greeted with this:
Having never seen anything like it before, I was keen to read the placard, which proved to be surprisingly to-the-point:
I’d venture to guess that most people don’t really want to think too much about what they are actually doing when they use a toilet. They mainly want to “do their business” so that they can get back to whatever was interrupted by such inconvenient bodily functions.
And while low-flow toilets have been around for awhile, a lot of people have held off buying them due to a belief that they don’t do a very good job with, um, “Number 2.”
Enter the dual-flush toilet, a step in the right direction, but with buttons like this:
…and no instructions posted on the toilet, well, not the most effective design.
Which brings us back to the green handle and the placard in the photos above. Yes, you have to be reminded about exactly what your “business” is, what your “Number 1” and “Number 2” really are — that’s right, it’s waste, your waste — but we really need to get over it and acknowledge that this technology that takes our waste away and out of sight as quickly as possible has a significant environmental impact.