The bathroom supply chain is making us all a lot happier
Bathrooms, for the most part, are still in the hands of individuals.
But that could soon change, as a handful of companies are offering them for free, with a caveat that customers should use them within their homes.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to be able to be part of the solution,” says Tim Friesen, CEO of Gator Bioscience, a UK-based supplier of a range of medical supplies, including baby wipes and birth aids.
“We have a lot of customers in the US and they’ve been wanting to take advantage of it for a while, so it’s a really good opportunity for them to come and have their own personalised toilet,” he adds.
There’s a lot to like about the idea.
There are already a number of companies selling individual toiletries for sale, including OneTouch, but the problem is, many of those products are not individually washable.
Gator Bionic has a toilet-washable product, which it calls a “biodegradable microfiber pad”.
Its website says: “You’re welcome to buy it from us.
We’ll be sending it to you.”
Gator is now accepting orders for the product for £5.99 a bag, which is a fraction of the price of the cheapest toilet-wipes currently on the market.
Friesen says that this is “a great opportunity to give someone a bit of personalised access to the bathroom,” with the company having access to a range a wider range of products, including sanitary pads, baby wipes, shampoo and conditioner, all for less than $20 a bag.
He also says that the company has seen a significant increase in its sales.
The toilet-firm says that in the past two months, it has seen sales increase by between 50 per cent and 90 per cent, although it doesn’t reveal how much of that has to do with toilet-wear.
But Frieses hope the move could be a step towards the future, with the toilet-tanks becoming a more common sight in the homes of more people.
According to the Gator Biodegradability Index, which measures the environmental impact of toilet-use, the US was ranked the world’s third-worst place to use toilet paper, behind the UK and Germany.
In the US, the average family spends more than $2,000 a year on toilet paper alone, according to an online report from the Environmental Defense Fund.
And there are a number more toilet-shapers on the way.
An Amazon Prime-exclusive toilet-soap soap, dubbed ‘Tampon to the Rescue’, has been on sale for $29 for the last few weeks, according the company’s website.
Tampons are an important part of modern life.
But as more people try to reduce the environmental impacts of their use, a growing number of manufacturers are looking to them as a way to cut down on water use.
A new, more environmentally friendly toilet-paper is being developed by the US firm Bio-Coca-Cola, which claims it has been able to use less water than other manufacturers, even though it only uses 25 per cent of the toilet paper available on the US market.
But Bio-Cola’s toilet-solids are not the only product on offer.
Another US firm, Gator Bio-Tex, has a line of toilet soap made with recycled toilet paper that comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
At a price of $4.50 a pack, it’s the cheapest product on the planet.
Other companies selling toilet-pads include Lululemon Athletica, a company that makes high-tech, water-repellent, waterproof water-resistant clothing, and Avis, which offers “no-fuss” bagless camping and backpacking trips.
Both Gator and Bio-Cool, another toilet-supply firm, are launching products this year that will make your toilet-life a whole lot easier, with products designed to be washable by the time you get home from work, even if you haven’t been using them.
They are: A water-proof, antibacterial toilet pad by Gator that has a removable lining that allows it to be washed and reused.
It also comes in 12 different colours.
Pair it with a washable water-based toothbrush to make it a daily use item.
Also available are water- and gel-based products, which can be used with or without a toilet.
Some of the more affordable products include a toilet cleaner, a hand-washing sponge and a “fancy” toilet paper bag, according a website called The Closet, which has been listing toilet-friendly toiletries on Amazon for several years.
One of the biggest brands is Gator, which also sells a toilet paper-free product called