Next Stop, Ladies’ Restroom
The availability of public restrooms is problem around the globe, especially in third world countries. Governments in India have struggled to maintain public toilets, which are often poorly maintained and used mainly by men.
An Indian couple who run a portable sanitation business came up with a unique solution to the lack of safe and clean female restrooms. They transformed 12 buses into mobile restrooms, which are scattered throughout Pune, India. For a small fee, women can board the pink buses to use the toilets, feed infants and change their diapers, and purchase feminine hygiene supplies, European Cleaning Journal reports.
The couple came up with the idea as part of a series of projects focused on improving hygiene in the city. The project’s overall aim is to open 1,000 public toilets across India in the next five years.
More than 200 women use the buses daily. These high-tech restrooms are powered by solar panels, have modern fixtures and running water, and include directions for using the facilities.