Reinvent The Toilet Fair: A Vision for the Future of Sanitation


“Every person deserves to live a healthy, productive life.”-Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

No innovation has ever done more to improve health than safe sanitation, yet 2.6 billion people don’t yet have a safe and affordable way to, well… poop. Without a sewage infrastructure in place, areas of developing countries have few options but to use latrines and practice open defecation, leading to deadly diseases and foodborne illnesses. When American Standard learned about The Gates Foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet” Challenge, they were eager to offer their expertise in engineering some of the world’s best toilets to find a safe, yet affordable, solution.

We’re one step closer to a solution. American Standard was awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant earlier this year to develop a new toilet system. The engineering team worked specifically on improving the current system that is used in many parts of Bangladesh that often leaves waste exposed to flies, causing cross contamination with food. Jim McHale and Daigo Ishiyama, leading engineers in this challenge for American Standard, will be demonstrating their latest working prototypes for an improved toilet system on August 14th and 15th at the Reinventing the Toilet Fair in Seattle, WA.

American Standard will be joining other participants in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge such as Rice University, Deft University of Technology (Netherlands) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair. This three day event acts as a showcase for innovations from around the world to create a vision for the next generation of sanitation. View the video below to see one of the innovations the American Standard Team will be presenting at the fair. Read the Gates Foundation’s blog to read more about the event (and about how the “fake poop” used in the video below is used!)

Follow the conversation on Twitter: @amercanstandard #toiletchallenge #toilet #sanitation #innovation

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Thanks for the great post on innovation. More and more bathroom related appliances are developing with the help of new materials and engineering practices. In addition to improvements in sanitation for toilets, we’ve also experienced a great deal of innovation for showers and baths for the elderly and disabled.

With the advent of walk in showers, ADA compliant railings, and other inventions that keep bathrooms clean and safe, the industry has seem pretty significant changes in just the last few years. This innovation is essential to help grow the market and keep the industry on the leading edge of innovation.


OK inventing a new toilet looks interesting, but inventing fake poop had to be, excuse the expression ” a blast”. I can just imagine all the joking around going on during the process!


Thanks for the laugh, Plumbing Seattle. My team and I always enjoy a little toilet humor!

-Professor Toilet

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