Japan is known for many wonderful things: sushi, tea, exquisite housewares, manicured gardens and so much more. In addition to so many lovely things Japan is also known for, shall we say, “high tech” commodes.
Our store is pleased to carry a number of said offerings from the Japanese company TOTO. We currently carry a number of their washlets and commodes. While many focus on the high tech nature of these products, fewer have focused on their eco-benefits.
For example, according to TOTO literature:
The washlet uses water to cleanse and refresh and can significantly reduce the consumption of toilet paper. An independent study has shown that the average family of four uses 183 rolls of toilet paper a year which amounts to 1.3 trees.
Not a bad savings of resources, right? Because it’s not just about saving paper, it’s about saving the resources that go into the process of making, packing and shipping the rolls.
Additionally, TOTO’s standard (low tech) toilets also have high water efficiency. In fact, besides being the winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency.
I chose to carry TOTO because they are the leader in washlets in the USA and they do a great job of making what could be considered an awkward fixture into something, well, dare I say elegant?
My personal favorite is the TOTO Aquia II Dual Flush Toilet. This high efficiency toilet is WaterSense certified and has an additional dual flush feature. Its streamlined elegant lines put it among my top modern toilet designs.
What do you think, would a Japanese toilet or washlet fit in your American home, or is something lost in translation? ~mb