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The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands
by NWP
July 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries.

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries.

Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. (Have an innovation to share? .)

A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men's restroom. His new urinal design includes .

"It's not just a fancy piece of art," he says. "The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that's running is also used to flush. You don't have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink."

The Stand sink-urinal sells for about $590.

The Stand sink-urinal sells for about $590.

Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

The design, called Stand, sells for about $590 per unit. They're getting manufactured on a small production line and have already sold to buyers in Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland and Jursons' home country, Latvia.

Several sink-urinals are currently installed in a concert venue in Riga, Latvia, where Jursons reports they have worked smoothly and saved thousands of liters of water.

The tap is hands-free and sensor-activated, and Jursons says having the sink right over the urinal gives it another feature: an in-your-face reminder to wash your hands.

When asked whether folks might find the sink and the urinal a little too close for comfort, Jursons says, "It is more suitable for hygiene than just a urinal and then guys who don't wash [their] hands."

Ladies, if you think your restrooms deserve new design concepts too, stay tuned. Jursons says his next concept is a sink-toilet combo that not only saves water, but saves a lot of bathroom space.

Replies

  • Veni.Vidi.Vici.
    July 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Meh...

    Not for nothing, I'm frequently grossed out by how many women use public restrooms and walk out without washing their hands.

  • paganbaby
    July 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I like it!

  • Momforhealth
    July 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

     HAHA!! Classic!

  • Ms.Chrln
    July 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM
    Interesting
  • UpSheRises
    July 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Sometimes i go into a public restroom ONLY to wash my hands. I can't imagine touching all that poop germ stuff then just moving on with my life.  


    Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

    Meh...

    Not for nothing, I'm frequently grossed out by how many women use public restrooms and walk out without washing their hands.


     

  • Ms.Chrln
    July 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM
    I hate using public bathrooms I wash my hands and then use my hand sanitizer too.


    Quoting UpSheRises:

    Sometimes i go into a public restroom ONLY to wash my hands. I can't imagine touching all that poop germ stuff then just moving on with my life.  




    Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


    Meh...


    Not for nothing, I'm frequently grossed out by how many women use public restrooms and walk out without washing their hands.




     


  • beinghuman
    July 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!

  • canadianmom1974
    July 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM
    I imagine they'd zip up first then wash, pretty much like they do now, but instead of then flushing and walking to (or past) the sink, it's right there. And as they wash their hands, the water drains down to flush the urinal.

    Quoting beinghuman:

    So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!

  • beinghuman
    July 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Bwahahaha! Brilliant! I am almost embarrassed for not being able to work that out in my own head!


    Quoting canadianmom1974:

    I imagine they'd zip up first then wash, pretty much like they do now, but instead of then flushing and walking to (or past) the sink, it's right there. And as they wash their hands, the water drains down to flush the urinal.

    Quoting beinghuman:

    So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!



  • Ms.Chrln
    July 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM
    Wouldn't they put everything away and then wash their hands?


    Quoting beinghuman:

    So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!


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