31st October 2019
We have all been there – that moment when you suddenly need to go to the toilet, only to find that there are no amenities anywhere nearby. Being ‘caught short’, as it is called, is sometimes inevitable. There are plenty of places in the world where you would be more than lucky to find a conveniently-placed lavatory. But these days, it is becoming more and more common to be left loo-less.
Unless we want to be tethered to our homes at all times the way that Victorian ladies were forced to, the use of public washroom facilities is absolutely vital to our daily lives. Whether you’re running errands or out having fun with your friends and family, there are few experiences more frustrating than the idea of holding out for the toilet ‘til you get home, with no public washroom nearby.
Most of us take for granted that, in many parts of the world, we are able to use indoor washrooms that are clean, safe and private. In fact, washrooms have become such a regular part of our lives, it’s easy to forget that they were a considerable technological step forward - and one that keeps on advancing. Once just a hole in the ground, some washroom services now incorporate AI, music and seat warmers to give you a...