November 19 is World Toilet Day

What’s World Toilet Day?

An initiative developed by the United Nations (UN), World Toilet Day is designed to bring attention to a problem which many people in Canada (and maybe even around the world) may not be aware of:World Toilet Day

  • 2.5 billion people on Earth don’t have access to proper sanitation services

And that doesn’t just include baths, showers or bathrooms in general.

Safe sanitation needs to be available wherever water is being used, including:

  • Kitchens
  • Gardens
  • Drinking fountains
  • Schools and hospitals

The dangers of not having access to safe toilets

In Canada, we don’t have to think twice about finding a safe toilet to use.

Chances are there’s a safe toilet (or bathtub for that matter) within 25 feet of where you’re sitting right now.

But in underdeveloped areas of the world, a clean, working toilet can be the difference between life and death.


  • Proper toilets can instantly save the lives of 200,000 children all over the world
  • Countries without access to toilets also suffer the high rates of child deaths, malnutrition and poverty
  • Over 1 billion people go to the washroom in the open due to the lack of proper toilets

Going to the washroom in the open can lead to such health issues as:

  • Cholera
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Trachoma

Plus not having a safe place to use the toilet results in low self-esteem or education and – in some instances – higher levels of sexual assault against women who are using wide-open spaces as a washroom.

Did You KnowDid you know?

Living in Canada, it may be hard to fathom not having access to a clean toilet or safe bathroom.

However, that’s the day-to-day reality for many parts of the world.

Take a look at these numbers when it comes to the importance of – and access to – clean, working toilets:

  • 35% of the world does not have access to decent sanitation
  • Hundreds of millions of people do not have soap and water to wash their hands
  • 1.8 billion people drink water that’s contaminated with toilet waste
  • More people have smartphones (approx 6 billion) than toilet accessibility (approx 4.5 billion)
  • In the past 200 years, toilets have increased human life expectancy by 20 years

questionOne last question

What would you do if you didn’t have access to a toilet whenever you needed it?


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At Bath Planet of Toronto, we believe everyone should have a clean, safe and functional toilet.

If that isn’t yours – of if you’ve been thinking about updating your bathroom in general, contact us for a FREE in-home consultation.

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