The Good Toilet Bidet is More Hygenic and Reduces Paper

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In many cultures, water-assisted toileting has been normal for a thousand years. For Justin Madden, the designer of a local West Australian bidet toilet, his inspiration came during a trip to South Korea in 2014. When Justin tried water-assisted toileting for the first time right before he entered a natural spa. He was hooked.

“The feeling of freedom I felt was truly liberating!’ Creating a sense of complete cleanliness”

Goodtoilet bidet is a West Australian family-owned enterprise operating in the southern suburbs of Perth and run by Justin and Serena Madden since 2019. Like most small businesses, DIY is the ‘name of the game’ with all production, boxing, fulfillment, and marketing being done in-house. All family members are involved, from two primary school-aged sons to Justin’s octogenarian mother – previously being the subject of much of the testing, but now opting to provide only the moral support.

The original bidet inspiration came during a trip to South Korea in 2014.

Justin recalls; ‘As we toured the countryside we met locals who seemed fully committed to maintaining their personal health and vigour. Aging was often gracefully accepted so long as one could retain energy and enthusiasm for life.’ Physical exercise was one side of the equation, often combined with a love of nature. But on the other side was an ordered attitude to personal care beginning with toileting, bathing, to grooming, eating, and praying. ‘It was a whole package. So when I tried water-assisted toileting for the first time right before I entered a natural spa, I was hooked. The feeling of freedom I felt was truly liberating!’ Creating a sense of complete cleanliness, subsequent toileting became a sort of elemental act, fostering a renewed engagement with the world.

From toilet training his kids to toilet designing

By 2016, and with the arrival of their second child, Justin upended his deeply unsatisfying law career to become a full-time dad. But his thoughts would often wander back to his Korean journey of self-discovery. And so, with the time gifted to him by Serena who took up the primary breadwinner’s role, Justin fell back on his skills from his previous career in commercial design. Of course, with the ensuing years and now also fully engaged in child rearing, a number of additional design priorities emerged that the bidet would have to address.

First and foremost, the design would need to be inclusive and usable by anyone.

As Justin discovered early on, a significant constraint on his time was the necessity of wiping his toddler son after toileting. Justin recalls, ‘Zachary was taking himself to the toilet by the time he was three years old but he would always call out to me to come and wipe him and I had no choice but to drop whatever I was doing.’ Additionally, the bidet had to fit practically every existing toilet and have a simple easy-to-use action.

The unit needed to be durable, recyclable, and rebuildable.

Durability, recyclability, and energy efficiency were all priorities as whole-of-life considerations in the product design. Design and prototyping commenced in earnest at the beginning of 2019, and went through several changes until Aust/NZ WaterMark certification was achieved in November 2022.

The final product truly adheres to Goodtoilet’s inclusivity and sustainability ethos. Its minimalist aesthetic means that it doesn’t change any significant aspect of the original toilet. Its design optimises its essential and most simple functional role – as a source of fresh water to enable thorough toileting.

Easy to clean and convert from right to left-handed use

Currently, Goodtoilet bidet is the only bidet that can convert from right to left-handed use, as well as being the only bidet designed to easily attach and detach from the toilet for thorough cleaning of the toilet rim – which has been a major issue in the past.

Let’s have that awkward toilet conversation

Justin says that it’s a fascinating conversation to have, and it’s quite different depending on who you’re talking with.

‘In many cultures, water-assisted toileting has been normal for a thousand years. In that case, it’s often a very open and free-wheeling conversation. But for other groups, even if you manage to broach the sensitive topic of toileting, responses ranging from “What’s a bidet?” through to “I wouldn’t put water up there!” – often means that you are starting from square one.’

However, for Justin, it’s a conversation he is happy to engage in time and again, such is his conviction about the enormous benefits of water-assisted toileting.

So what are the benefits?

And for those who are open to being converted, the benefits couldn’t be more succinctly described than on the home page of Goodtoilet.com.au:

It revitalises our connection with the living biosphere and enhances our quality of life: It reduces forest logging for toilet tissue manufacture; it saves money; eases personal discomfort; increases hygiene; reduces toilet odour; leaves a pristine feeling of cleanliness; reduces water use; enhances self-connection with the feel of running water; reduces cross-contamination; saves time; and importantly – promotes responsible consumption and sustainability. 

  1. Enhanced Personal Hygiene: Bidets provide a more thorough and effective cleaning experience compared to using toilet paper alone. The gentle streams of water help to cleanse the genital and anal areas more effectively, reducing the potential for irritation, infections, and unpleasant odours. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with sensitive skin, haemorrhoids, or certain medical conditions.
  2. Reduced Toilet Paper Consumption: Bidets significantly reduce reliance on toilet paper. While toilet paper is widely used, its production contributes to deforestation and requires large amounts of water, energy, and chemicals. By reducing or eliminating the need for toilet paper, bidets help conserve resources and minimize waste.
  3. Improved Environmental Sustainability: Bidet toilets have a positive environmental impact. They require less water per use compared to producing toilet paper. Additionally, bidets can help reduce the strain on sewage systems and wastewater treatment plants caused by flushing excessive amounts of toilet paper, as bidet usage often leads to less toilet paper being flushed.
  4. Potential Cost Savings: Although the upfront cost of installing a bidet toilet may be higher, the long-term savings on toilet paper expenses can be significant. Over time, the reduced need for toilet paper can lead to cost savings for individuals or households.
  5. Comfort and Cleanliness: Bidet toilets offer a refreshing and comfortable experience. They provide a soothing and gentle wash, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals with mobility issues, certain medical conditions, or after childbirth. The clean feeling achieved through bidet usage can also enhance overall cleanliness and personal well-being.
  6. Reduced Spread of Germs: Using a bidet toilet can help minimize the spread of germs and bacteria. With traditional toilet paper, there is a risk of coming into direct contact with fecal matter, which can lead to contamination and the potential transmission of diseases. Bidets effectively remove the need for excessive wiping and can help maintain better hygiene practices.

 

The price of the Goodtoilet is very cost-effective and Justin’s company is offering free shipping in Australia for a limited time. For more details plus great resources and videos on how to install the Goodtoilet bidet visit https://goodtoilet.com.au

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