Beth Buczynski

Ergonomically-Correct 'Wellbeing Toilet' Helps You Poop the Right Way

by , 11/19/13

toilet, loo, bathroom, toilets, design, world toilet day, sanitation, plumbing, health, Dyno-Rod

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn’t changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change that by holding a competition to create the next-generation loo prototype. The winning design is the Wellbeing Toilet – the world’s first ergonomically-correct loo. Designed by three Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) graduates, this toilet could actually reduce the risk of intestinal cancer and haemorrhoids.


The flushable toilet first appeared on the scene in the 1800′s, but little about its design has changed in all that time. You sit, legs bent at a nearly 90 degree angle, feet on the floor whilst doing your business. Unfortunately for your bowels, this is pretty much the worst way to encourage efficient, um, movement. The way the human digestive system is designed, squatting, not sitting, is the best position for eliminating waste.

CSM graduates Pierre Papet (MA Industrial Design), Victor Johansson (MA Industrial Design) and Samuel Sheard, were challenged to create a toilet that met selected criteria of sustainability, a toilet that is more eco-friendly and a toilet that is better for our health and wellbeing – as well as one that benefits the environment by reducing key hazards such as water waste.

They devised three distinct designs, a zero-waste toilet, a modular toilet and sink, and the wellbeing toilet, which features a sculpted ceramic seat that correctly positions your body with a large ledge in front that makes it easy to draw your knees up into a squatting position.

The winning concept was chosen by a panel of design experts, including Red or Dead founder and now owner of a multi-disciplinary design agency, Wayne Hemingway and Senior Dyno-Rod Engineer, Cliff Huxley. “I have a philosophy  that ‘Design is about improving things that matter in life’ and going to the loo certainly matters! The wellbeing toilet looks at the health and wellbeing aspect of getting rid of your bodily waste by enhancing the position of your body by enabling you to squat rather than sit,” said Hemingway when the winner was revealed.

The winning toilet is on display for World Toilet Day and can be seen in the Windows Gallery at CSM King’s Cross in London.

Via Digital News Agency

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  1. jonathan108 September 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Zishan, I assume your comment about “anglo” refers to my comment at the bottom of this page. The term “anglo-indian” means that the toilet can be used in the western (anglo) sitting position or the eastern (indian) squatting position. That’s why it’s the perfect design for the world’s transition to the ergonomically correct method.

    I like your point about the “advanced” western world getting their comeuppance. That’s exactly why I launched this campaign to popularize squatting 14 years ago. I wanted to puncture our culture’s over-inflated self image which views the so-called “underdeveloped world” as inferior. They are only underdeveloped in the sense that they have not developed all the colon diseases which haunt our society.

  2. Zishan Syed September 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I was going to say, I remember visiting Pakistan as a child. My parents are from Pakistan and I\\\’ve been there three times in my life. Each of the two more recent times I went, one of the biggest adjustments I had to make was squatting over a porcelain hole in the ground in order to relieve myself of human waste. If that\\\’s the correct way to shit, for me that good and bad. Bad because, here in the west, we think that our \\\”advanced\\\” society is superior to the \\\”backward\\\” East. And good because at least my people know how to shit right! BTW, there\\\’s nothing Anglo about this. Anglo, meaning England, doesn\\\’t get to take credit for the way easterners have been sitting for millenia. The empire days are over! Colonialism is over… reverse colonialism, however, is alive and well, especially in England!

  3. Alex Delgado August 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Fine! But who\\\’s ass fits on this?

  4. Al Rotundo August 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

    All you need is a little five dollar stool in front of your regular toilet to put your feet on. Works great.

  5. Richard Nevarez August 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    If I sat like that I would literally shit all over my balls!! Also its nice to know that the toilet keeps the handicapped in mind.

  6. Hannah Hoffman December 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Jonathan108, just wanted to thank you for your very helpful and informative post, I had no idea the difference in squats made such a huge difference. I think these designers need to know of this, all they would need to do is lower the black “donut” to level it out..or actually get rid of it and just make a hole haha.

  7. Jonathan108 December 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I’m afraid that these designers have blown it. Sitting with your feet propped up is not squatting. The ergonomic squatting position puts the body’s full weight on the feet. All infants automatically assume this posture. Yes, I know that the elderly will never be able to squat, but that’s no reason to force young, flexible people to behave like old, decrepit ones. A toilet has already been designed that allows the elderly to continue sitting (with or without a footstool) and also allows flexible people to really squat. It’s called an “anglo-indian” toilet, and you can see one here: http://naturesplatform.com/images/anglo-indian-pan.gif .
    Learn why genuine squatting is far superior to just elevating your feet at http://www.naturesplatform.com/faq.html#footstools

  8. Laura Rivard November 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Are you s(H)itting me?

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