A new woman’s urinal is six times quicker to use than a traditional toilet, its inventors say.
Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane, who graduated in 2020, designed the hands-free Peequal when asked to solve a ‘real life problem’ for their masters project.
On their website, they claim that their urinals are six times more efficient than lockable toilet doors.
And their research shows women queue up to 34 times longer than men because there are 10 male urinals for every women’s public toilet.
But their design means far more loos can be put in the same space.
A prototype of the new toilet, which is semi-private so you can’t see anything from the waist down, is being trialled at the Bristol Comedy Garden this weekend.
The pair were sick of queuing for the ladies’ toilets when working at musical festivals in the UK during summer, telling the BBC that they would have to choose between going to the toilet or getting food.
Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane, who graduated in 2020, designed the hands-free Peequal, a new women’s urinal, when asked to solve a ‘real life problem’ for their masters project
Ms McShane studied physics with innovation while Ms Probyn is an anthropology with innovation graduate.
The pair talked to more than 2,000 women around Bristol in focus groups and pubs before coming up with their urinal, which they claim shortens queuing times.
Ms McShane said that the toilet is on a pedestal, but is an adaptation of a hole in the ground.
She said: ‘It’s designed like a boat to minimise splash back and also to have a little place for your clothing in front.’
A prototype of the new toilet, which is semi-private so you can’t see anything from the waist down, is being trialled at the Bristol Comedy Garden this weekend and the inventors say it is six times quicker to use than a traditional toilet
Ms Probyn added that time spent queuing to use the ladies was ‘wasting hours of women’s lives’.
She continued: ‘At the start of the day you might look at this women’s urinal and be like “I’m not sure about that” but after a few bevs, and after you’ve waited in the queue for about 15 minutes already – this option suddenly becomes much more appealing.’
The pair won the top prize in the University of Bristol’s flagship enterprise contest to start-ups, securing £15,000, BristolPost reported.
It is said that the new urinal, which travels flat pack and can be arranged in three different ways, produces 98 per cent less CO2 than other portable toilets and is made from 100 per cent recyclable materials.
The pair (Ms McShane, left, Ms Probyn, right) were sick of queueing for the ladies’ toilets when working at musical festivals in the UK during summer, telling the BBC that they would have to choose between going to the toilet or getting food
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