Changing the Toilet System, One Squat at a Time

The Background

Satyajit Mittal
May 23, 2018 · 4 min read

Right from the execution of programmes for sanitation and hygiene, to implementing more efficient disposal systems, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission) is taking India by storm, and the rewards are everyone’s to reap. India, under the guidance of the Hon. PM Modi has started its journey towards eradicating open defecation; several issues have been pinpointed under the Swachh Bharat initiative and the lack of public toilets has been identified as a critical problem in our country.

With this undertaking, India has been engulfed in a wave of positive change; across industries, people are becoming more aware of the role they must play, to make India a better and more sustainable land.

Location | MG Road, Pune

The Problem

SquatEase came into existence, because I realised that sanitation is one of the most important aspects in driving cleanliness in any nation and is also a major driver of wellbeing in any community. The aim was to create a comfortable and pain-free squat toilet, which is easy to use, safer and more hygienic to use in a public space as compared to western toilets. SquatEase is an ergonomically designed squat toilet pot which not only helps the user to squat better but it also makes the squat toilet unidirectional which makes flushing and maintenance of the toilet much easier using less water.

The Innovation

After a deep understanding of the challenges facing the public sanitation system, I set out to design something unique in this space; a toilet which would potentially rid us of existing sanitation woes. Problems like falling backwards while trying to squat are completely resolved as the design helps maintain a good centre of gravity for the user.

Once the design reached a stage where it allowed for a clean and hygienic use of the toilet, my next focus was to equip SquatEase in a way where differently abled individuals can also easily access the facility; floor markings for the visually impaired ensure that SquatEase is used correctly and in keeping with a hygienic code. The design itself was tailored to reduce the stress on knees, hips, and thighs, allowing people with joint problems to use SquatEase in a relatively comfortable way.

The Way Forward

When making a nation-wide change, I think the most important thing is to take a step in the right direction, with the right information. This step, backed by careful execution from the government of India, has the potential to combat a problem which has plagued our nation for decades. SquatEase is in line with this goal and hopefully, will aid in the implementation of a transformed sanitation system in our country.

Satyajit Mittal

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Founder SquatEase, Inclined towards Change