Reader @LucasLAX212h and his microbiology class put toilets around the campus of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh pic.twitter.com/AwcRnBuWHg

Reader @louziane: "Not mine, my 89 yr old PawPaw's. #checkoutmytoilet #luckyseat #customthrone"

Submit a photo of your toilet by tweeting with the hashtag #checkoutmytoilet.

Reader Melissa Waggener, CEO of PR agency Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, can control a toilet in her hotel room in Beijing with buttons. @melissawz

Reader @flying_ah11h says: Hey @FastCompany , greetings from Germany and #checkoutmytoilet

Kohler writes in: Happy #WorldToiletDay! We love toilets & excited about our Numi toilet http://www.kohler.com/numi #checkoutmytoilet!

From Benjamin Fernandez in Mumbai, India: Here's a fun fact about Indian toilet habits. Indians do not like using toilet paper, water is considered more hygienic. A lot of Indian friends I know who have traveled abroad have been flummoxed about the lack of a jet spray or jug of water and are disgusted with using toilet paper.

‏Reader @AlisonHeller71h: Happy #WorldToiletDay! #CheckOutMyToilet @ The Lakes at Myrtle Park http://instagram.com/p/g5c_VogImK/

From creative brand strategy agency @ModernsNYC: We use @TOTOUSA Toilets @houzz #checkoutmytoilet: http://www.houzz.com/photos/663733/Ralf-050-JPG-bathroom

From reader @BritinBucks: World Toilet Day #checkoutmytoilet My #BucksCounty recycled Victorian w/pull chain

Reader ‏@sathonp from Los Angeles says: My roommates and I are trying to save on toilet paper...

Lavamae, a nonprofit in San Francisco that provides a mobile shower and toilet to the city's poor, is bringing 6 gussied up toilets to the street in honor of World Toilet Day: http://www.lavamae.org/#!about1/c9lp

From reader @DJobling: Standard modern Australian @FastCoExist @twitter #checkoutmytoilet (artwork by me).

It doesn't get much classier than a squat toilet that practically blends in with the surrounding tile. Located in the desert of Morocco.

From @BIG_ASS_FANS1h: For World Toilet Day, our mascot Fanny reads atop a fancy Toto with heated seat and bidet options. #checkoutmytoilet pic.twitter.com/638tey6uK6

Reader @LearnKotch: "Celebrating World Toilet Day. - so proud of mine! #checkoutmytoilet"

Reader @emilyiseating really gets into it. pic.twitter.com/5Qs6jcp8BP

From reader ‏@LivSiddall10m: #checkoutmytoilet photo by @lgndryhappiness

This toilet in Delhi, India, makes it easy for users to squat over the toilet, courtesy of ridges on each side.

Co.Exist staffer Ariel Schwartz's home toilet. Show us yours by sharing a photo with the hashtag #checkoutmytoilet on Twitter or Instagram.

For the less technologically advanced, there is the urine diversion dehydration (UDD) toilet (this one is in South Africa). This kind of toilet has two compartments: one for feces and one for urine. This kind of toilet is similar to the composting toilet--feces are dried and composted or managed via aerobic decomposition.

Co.Exist staffer Jessica Leber's home toilet. Show us yours by sharing a photo with the hashtag #checkoutmytoilet on Twitter or Instagram.

Fast Company staffer Natalia Rodriguez ‏shares a pic of the office bathrooms at 7 World Trade Center. http://twitpic.com/dluxus

The traditional Japanese squat toilet looks like a urinal on the floor. Unlike squat toilets in less developed areas, which consist of a hole in the floor, this toilet has fixtures that are similar to a standard Western toilet.

But the modern Japanese toilet offers an array of features for the discerning toilet user. Some models play music. Others have heated seats, and some even have a deodorizing feature. This is truly the future of toilets.

Reader ‏@loop1e18h via Twitter:
#checkoutmytoilet” >> One I met recently. pic.twitter.com/g6SKMLFWzA

A public composting toilet (the Enviroloo) in Germany. The toilet dehydrates solid waste and allows liquid to evaporate. Absorbed sunlight and oxygen-rich air (drawn through side air inlets and the toilet bowl) dehydrates and decomposes the feces.

Co.Exist staffer Sydney Brownstone shows off her toilet and adds a stealth selfie.

From UK design firm Absolute, snapping a photo in The Narrows in Abingdon, Oxford, UK. https://twitter.com/_absolutedesign/status/402908124543066112/photo/1

Reader ‏@fer_gandara1h's toilet in Mexico.

A precarious-looking--but functional--toilet for hikers in Kenya. Any toilet is better than no toilet at all.

Co.Exist staffer Ben Schiller's home toilet. Show us yours by sharing a photo with the hashtag #checkoutmytoilet on Twitter or Instagram.

Fast Company staffer @MilesKohrman43m shares his toilet.

A little messy there, ‏@gariphic1h: pic.twitter.com/4owa84vIxo

2013-11-18

Co.Exist

Today Is World Toilet Day. So ... Show Us Your Toilet

Share with us what your toilet area looks like at home or work, and we'll feature submissions here. It's a place we spend a lot of our time, after all, and it'll help us appreciate how lucky we are just to have one.

Whether you call it a toilet, loo, lavatory, John, can, outhouse or potty, many of us hold a special place in our hearts for the receptacles we use to deposit our wastes. Think about it: The average person will spend one to four years on the toilet over their lifetime.

But not all toilets are created equal.

There are ones with innovative technologies and designs. Take the toilet of the future: The Gates Foundation-backed, solar-powered, self-cleaning toilet that converts urine and waste into hydrogen and fertilizer. Or the more artistic ones, such as the glass-walled bathrooms in Texas. Or the smartphone-connected toilet that can be hacked.

The vast majority are what you’d expect: whether it's boring stalls and urinals, squat toilets in India, or fancy seat-warming toilets in Japan.

But the point of World Toilet Day is to remember that you are among the fortunate ones, if your toilet falls in these categories. 2.5 billion people around the world--or one out of about every three people--don’t have a clean toilet. 1.1 billion defecate in the open, starved of the basic dignity of privacy. Millions of people die unnecessary deaths due to diseases tied to poor sanitation.

The first step to dealing with the problem is to realize how lucky we are and open up a conversation about toilets.

What does your toilet area look like, at work or at home? What do you do to make it your own space? What are your biggest toilet pet peeves? Show us by sending us a picture (and a caption if you like) by using the hashtag #checkoutmytoilet on Twitter or Instagram.

We’ll feature many of your submissions in the gallery above (keep it clean!). We’ll keep updating the post all day, and mixing in interesting toilets from around the world.

If you’d like to do more, please visit the World Toilet Day page and find out how else you can contribute.

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  • Margaux Newdigate

    thanks for the appreciative tone for a privilege that's most often taken for granted by those of us who are lucky enough to be able to have easy access to it.