TOTO receives the Good Green Award
Japanese bathroom supplier TOTO Ltd. received the internationally renowned Good Green Design Award for its products for the second time in a row. TOTO's toilets were recognized in the Clean & Green Technologies category. The company's automatic faucets won in the Water-saving & Generation Technologies category. Both products honour the long tradition of the company, founded in 1917 and based in Kitakyūshū, Japan. They unite design with sustainable technologies - fundamental prerequisites for the annual Good Green Design Award.
TOTO Ltd. introduced its first water-saving toilet in 1976 in response to Japan's increasing water consumption, which was driven by rapid economic growth. Many countries outside Japan have since set limits on the amount of water toilets can use. TOTO was one of the first countries to implement this now global trend. New technologies developed since then have continued to improve hygiene - like Tornado Flush, which creates a whirlpool effect to clean the toilet bowl, or the extremely smooth CeFiONtect glaze makes it difficult for dirt and bacteria to accumulate. Today, just 3.8 l of water is enough to clean these toilets efficiently. Thanks to these efforts, TOTO received the Good Green Design Award for the second time since 2015.
This award was established in 2009 by Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design (USA) and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies (Ireland). It is considered the "green" daughter of the Good Design Award, founded in the 1950s by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann Jr. It is one of the world's best-known and most influential design awards, similar in prominence to the iF Award and Red Dot Design Award.
Self-sufficient and environmentally friendly: automatic faucets
TOTO has manufactured automatic faucets since 1984. In addition to conserving water, what makes these faucets so special is that they are self-powered. A small integrated hydroelectric power unit transforms the energy created through the flow of water into electricity. A battery stores this electricity, and also powers the microsensor in the faucet's spout - a closed cycle that doesn't require any external energy source when used regularly.
1, 2. TOTO's Tornado Flush cleans very efficiently while saving water. 3. The built-in washbasin has a matching water-saving automatic faucet. 4. TOTO designed automatic faucets without external control units to ensure the greatest possible hygiene while washing hands. All of the technology is inside the spout.