Eco-Flushing: Getting Real

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.

8 thoughts on “Eco-Flushing: Getting Real

  1. I like it. Practical and water saving — a perfect combination. I love the movie theater in town, but there’s no way to flush the toilets on your own. They seem to go off randomly when I don’t want them to or not at all when I want them to and I end up waving my arms or dancing around in front of it trying to set off it’s light sensor. I vote for the green handle!

    1. That IS from the AIC, Wendy! Good call!

      I’m hardly ever in that building, but we’re doing our Summerstart Living on Campus sessions for parents in there, so that’s how I discovered the green flusher.

      As usual, your anecdotes confirm that Europe is, as usual, ahead of the U.S. concerning doable, common sense eco-solutions.

  2. To me it seems very obvious that the large button in for a larger “load” or more water and the smaller button is for less. I am glad to see another green handle solution, but I can see why it needs instructions to explain it’s usage. It is not as intuitive, but I do like the green color as an indication of the special function.

    1. To me it seems very obvious that the large button in for a larger “load” or more water and the smaller button is for less.

      Well, now that you put it that way!

      Actually, while it seems intuitive that the size of the buttons you describe are relative to the size of the load, the fact that the button that hopefully people will use more often is the smaller of the two is regrettable.

      On all of the toilets I’ve come across that have the dual buttons, I find them clumsy to use. I find that the small button is not easy to press down with the fingertip, and it feels less sanitary to me for some reason.

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