"Knowledge of history and progress of technology may contribute to better understanding of basic human needs and inspire new developments in the field."
Source: Yannopoulos et al (2017), "History of sanitation and hygiene technologies in the Hellenic world", Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, v07.2.
Toilets are not a new thing to the world, but their journey isn't always that straightforward, either.
Explore the timeline to see how sometimes humans go forward, and then backward, and then forward again.
On your right is a timeline with important milestones that have led the world to its current toilet state. Scroll backward through time to learn more.
Throughout time there have been several myths and cultural lore around the workings of the toilet. There have been gods, goddesses, demons, ghosts, and other magical figures related to the culture of the toilet.
Below are several examples of these mythical creatures. Click to get more details.
What is a taboo? At FLUSH, "taboo" means something that is socially unacceptable - either in action or in talking about it. Taboo things are not necessarily enforced by law.
There are different reasons why cultures are reluctant to change their habits and behaviors with water and sanitation. Some of them are unique.
Below is a map with different taboos that exist in different areas of the world. Click on a point to learn more.
Wash Projects Fails
You'd be surprised how often the news contains fascinating stories about toilets. We’ve collected a few below, or follow us on Twitter to learn more.
You'd be surprised by how neat some of the initiatives some people have taken (with some amount of success) to improve the status of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Below is a map of some of these initiatives that have been tried out, including years, details, and often links. Click on a point to learn more.