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Delhi’s Toilets Museum: Weird & Fun

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A museum in New Delhi, India, which traces the history of the toilet for the past 4,500 years, has been ranked third among the world’s 10 weirdest museums by Time magazine.  “From simple chamber pots to elaborate decorated Victorian toilet seats, you’ll see it all” at Sulabh International Museum of Toilets tracing “the entire evolution of toilets throughout human history,” stated Time Magazine.

 

Unique Toilets

There’s even a toilet disguised as a bookcase, noted the magazine presenting “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane,” to celebrate International Museum Day.  Now that’s a reading room 🙂

A highlight of the museum is the replica of the throne of King Louis the XIV. The king is believed to have used this to “do his business” while conducting court sessions.  Now that’s politics that personifies a leader that may be “full of it.”  I guess he was both “on his throne” and “king of the seat” at the same time.

“It is indeed a very unusual museum and it’s the only one of its kind in the world,” says founder, Bindeshwar Pathak.

“We founded the museum to give a message,” he said. “India faces a big challenge in the sanitation sector. So our museum helps policy makers understand the efforts that were made in this field in the past.”

So every significant product has a history.  The toilet seat was in fact an essential item before it was a product.  Toilets and toilet seats have a unique place in the daily lives of both people and nations.  We. Just. Can’t. Live. Without. Them. Period.  Thus, Topseat took both the toilet and the toilet seat to the next level.  Let’s face it, a toilet in and of itself is pretty boring.  However, add some spice, creativity, and innovation and you get the stunning and well-made Topseat products.

Why not make your bathroom into a modern day museum with our unique toilet seats?

source: http://www.ndtv.com/article/offbeat/delhi-s-toilets-museum-among-world-s-10-weirdest-museums-528132

Celebrate World Toilet Day

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There’s An Official World Toilet Holiday.  November 19th is World Toilet Seat Day.  Put it on your calendar.

No kidding. It’s an official holiday! World Toilet Day was adopted by 122 countries at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on July 24, 2013. Matt Damon is actively involved in this movement as the Co-Founder of Water.org.

 

World Toilet Day pic

“This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge.”

Can you imagine not having a toilet? Can you imagine not having privacy when you need to relieve yourself? Although unthinkable for those living in wealthy parts of the world, this is a harsh reality for many – in fact, one in three people on this globe does not have access to a toilet! Have you ever thought about the true meaning of dignity?

World Toilet Day was created to pose exactly these kind of questions and to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people face. World Toilet Day brings together different groups such as media, the private sector, development organizations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets can be fun and sexy as well as vital to life.

World Toilet Day is not just about toilet humor, or an attempt to make toilets sexy. World Toilet Day has a serious purpose: it aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and break the taboo that still surrounds this issue. In addition, it supports advocacy that highlights the profound impact of the sanitation crisis in a rigorous manner, and seeks to bring to the forefront the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation.

World Toilet Days’ vision is to grow as a collective campaign uniting on November 19th everybody who is passionate about toilets to ensure that access to proper sanitation, which has been declared a human right, becomes a reality for all.”

“Sanitation is more important than independence.” Mahatma Gandhi, 1925

Did you know that one in three people do not have a safe, clean and private toilet? Most of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Yet the humble toilet can be a stepping stone to a healthy life, greater human dignity, freedom, equality between women, men, girls and boys, and finally, a catalyst to the development of communities and countries.

Yet, in many parts of the world, toilets are an unglamorous topic and talking about open defecation and its consequences is taboo. However, bringing clean toilets to those who are lacking them, is not a matter of breakthrough scientific technologies; it is foremost an issue of political leadership, plain speaking champions, raising awareness and hard work.

It is up to everyone to turn the sanitation challenge around and make toilets sexy.

You can connect at: http://worldtoiletday.org/

By Topseat USA

How Are Toilet Seats Made?

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Toilet seats are made using a variety of materials and methods. Most of our toilet seats, here at Topseat, are constructed using the most comfortable and durable methods – MDF a type of molded wood, and one product line using environmentally friendly Bamboo. The following is a breakdown of the processes and materials used by Topseat as well as those used by other manufacturers of toilet seats:

  • Molded Wood – Wood flour mixed with a thermosetting resin and compression molded to a specific shape and size.  This allows for contouring of all surfaces.  The seat is then painted and assembled with hinges.  Pros – has weight and often people equate quality with weight.  When properly made can last 5-7 years under normal home use.  Wood has a low heat transfer efficiency so the seat feels “warmer” than other materials.
  • Bamboo – Eco friendly materials – We are developing a molded bamboo powder toilet seat which is very similar with molded wood in working process but with powder from bamboo scraps which is considered a environmentally friendly material because bamboo is not wood but fast growing giant grass.  Molded bamboo powder is an alternative in green concept. The bamboo powder comes from machining scrap generated when making bamboo flooring.
  • MDF – This is a form of molded wood made by cutting and machining flat boards into toilet seat profiles.  All surfaces are then contoured for comfortable seating. Parts are then sanded, painted and assembled.  Pros – All the pros of molded wood. Cons – more restrictive design options
  • ABS Plastic Injection Molded – There are some overseas producers using ABS.  While these seats have a beautiful surface ABS does not have good chemical resistance which causes the seat to shift color within 1 year and often break due to environmental stress within the first 5 years.
  • PP Plastic Injection Molded – Most thermoplastic seats are made from PP (polypropylene).  The material has good gloss and has a high chemical resistance which makes it a prime material for commercial use.  To make the seat the plastic is melted, injected into a cool mold where it assumes the shape and profile of the mold.  Hinges can be assembled at the factory or by the final user depending on the design of the seat.  Higher heat transfer efficiency makes the seat feel cooler than molded wood or MDF seats. Pros – Strong, flexible (not brittle), chemically resistant. Cons – scratches easily so aesthetics of the surface can degrade more quickly but the color of the scratch reveals the same color within the scratch.  Feels cool to the touch.
  • Duraplast Compression Molded – Duraplast is a term that became popular about 10 or so years ago.  The actual material is a UF resin filled with pigment and finely ground fillers.  Because this UF resin is much more sophisticated that the UF resins used in molded wood there typically is no residual formaldehyde in the part.  I believe duraplast became popular as a marketing name when there were concerns by consumers about Urea-Formaldehyde resins.  Urea – Formaldehyde sounds “dangerous, unhealthy” in some people’s minds.  The color is molded through so if the part is scratched it shows the same color below like PP, however, unlike PP is is highly scratch resistant.  UF has good chemical resistance but is brittle with less flexibility that PP or even molded wood. Pros – can be molded into shapes and contours similar to PP, good chemical resistance and color stability when properly formulated.  Cons – brittle which means additional packaging is required just to get the part to the purchaser in one piece. Feels cold to the touch due to higher heat transfer efficiency.
  • Bidet Seats – Also known as washlet seats.  Almost all are made from PP (polypropylene) but assembled with additional electric elements that operate the wash and heating functions.  Extremely popular in Japan and S. Korea, also popular in Muslim prominent countries.  This type of seat has struggled to make inroads into the US market.
  • Soft Seats – Most are made by sealing a pp core and open cell foam pad within an envelope of flexible vinyl.  While once thought of as comfortable specialty seats they now generally occupy the OPP area.  Pros – comfort. Cons – low quality, premature functional failures (split / cut vinyl, cracked / broken cores, degraded foam pad).  Primarily made in China.
  • Solid wood – The original way of making toilet seats. Lumber is cut into slats and glued together to make a board. The board is machined to the shape of the ring and cover. These are then stained and varnished then assembled. Most solid wood seats are now made overseas. Pros – low heat transfer and natural look. Cons – strength, scratching and poor gluing processes.
  • Veneer Seats – Developed over the past 15 years veneer seats are a cost effective alternative to solid wood and environment friendly. A core of wood waste particle is molded to shape and a thin veneer of real wood is molded to the surface using veneer rather than solid wood. This means fewer trees are cut to make veneer seats compared to solid wood seats. After molding the part is sanded, stained and varnished before assembly. Pros – low heat transfer and natural look. Cons – some limits on part design

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