We are proud to provide washlets from one of our favorite sources, TOTO, a company whose founder was intent on creating clean sanitary systems as early as 1912. Of course, the electronic bidet was not developed until about seven decades later, but the company accomplished an incredible amount of innovative feats in the years in between. In 1946, TOTO materialized its vision for developing sanitary living situations by manufacturing metal fittings and faucets. It was this year that the company found itself admiring the design and pragmatism of ceramic as a material for sanitary systems. About forty years later, TOTO found a way to create entire bathroom modules in-factory - in other words, they put together entire toilets in the factory to sidestep the superfluous step of contractors assembling bathroom units prior to installation. And finally, in 1980, the TOTO washlet was launched, which allowed individual consumers a new, cleaner, and more sustainable form of using the bathroom.
Today, TOTO continues to stay true to one of its core values: conserving resources so that our children, grandchildren, and their grandchildren have a chance at living fully and healthily. Over 100 years after the founder, Kazuchika Okura, first started imagining how to improve consumers' experience in the bathroom, TOTO was deemed an industry leader in sanitary cleaning systems by the New York Times. We can attribute this to their sleek design concepts, their commitment to cleanliness, and importantly, their insistence on practicing sustainability. It's safe to say that the TOTO washlet brand has done pretty well for itself and its customers, because as you probably already know: once you go bidet, you never go back.
When you purchase a TOTO washlet, you join the millions of environmentally-oriented consumers who appreciate the magic of the bidet experience. To be more specific, as of December 2015, over 40 million TOTO washlet units have been sold since their inception in 1980. Now, we aren't mathematicians, but to illustrate how environmentally friendly bidets are, we are going to have to do a little dabbling in numbers. Let's start with one simple fact: it takes 37 gallons of water to flush away one typical roll of toilet paper. According to Toilet Paper World, a roll of toilet paper has a lifetime of 5 days in the bathroom--we think this is a pretty conservative estimate, but we'd rather be conservative than exaggerate. That means that every 10 days, your household is flushing 74 gallons of water. Every 100 days, you're flushing 740 gallons of water--take that up to a year, and you're pushing 2,700 gallons of water, just for your house. If you replace that one toilet with a bidet, you can go ahead and divide that total by eight. That's right, a bidet only takes one eighth of a gallon of water per use. You can see why people are crazy about these TOTO washlet units. Not only are they more effective in terms of sanitation, but they are also more efficient in terms of the water required for every use.
In line with the practical difference that distributing TOTO washlet units makes, TOTO as a brand serves as a resounding global voice for sustainable practices, even in the most private arenas of our lives. The company sees water as one of the most critical resources, and they see themselves as stakeholders that have a responsibility and obligation to help conserve that resource. Besides conserving water, TOTO is committed to preventing global warming, conserving other natural resources, keeping the earth clean, conserving biodiversity, and contributing to local communities. Their efforts in preventing global warming include decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions required to produce TOTO washlet units and limiting their carbon footprint in their logistics and sales offices. They also devote a lot of time and publicity to promoting waste recycling and recycling waste at their production sites. To conserve biodiversity, the company eliminates the use of hazardous materials in the development of their products. And finally, in order to build a culture that desires to keep the earth clean, TOTO contributes to both local and global communities. For example, TOTO supports Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit group that provides housing and renovation services to neighborhoods in need. TOTO also has a history for showing up to support communities who have experienced natural disasters - in the last five years, they have donated thousands of bathroom fixtures to residents in cities that experienced tornadoes and flooding.
As anyone who has used a bidet knows, standard toilets really don't cut it anymore when it comes to sanitary effectiveness. TOTO Washlet units are perfect for consumers who want to incorporate conservation practices into their daily lives. It really is a no-brainer: you're going to have to use the bathroom anyway--why not use the most efficient type available today? Not only will you be personally making a difference, but you'll be supporting a company that is going to use its profits towards building a better tomorrow on a global scale.