World Toilet Day 2016
It’s easy to take advantage of having a clean and properly functioning toilets, seeing as a majority of US residents have never gone without access to modern plumbing and sanitation. Unfortunately, more than 2.4 billion people across the world live without access to a toilet.
A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP, according to the World Toilet Day website.
World Toilet Day is about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. This year’s theme, ‘toilets and jobs’ focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it impacts livelihoods.
Fortunately, many individuals and organizations worldwide are fighting to fix this issue. India’s government passed legislation in 2013 to raise the standards of sanitation workers, placing more value and respect for these tasks and raising the workers’ social status. Furthermore, the UN is working to treat sanitation provision as a long-term business opportunity to help speed up progress for lower income countries and attract investments.
The World Toilet Day Initiative is also successful as a result of individuals who take the time to spread the word. Here’s how you can get involved this year:
- Erase negative stigmas of individuals working in sanitation. Sanitation services are detrimental to our community. Respect those who work to maintain our quality of life by maintaining high sanitation standards.
- Get involved! Visit worldtoiletday.info and learn how you can participate in your community and on social media.
- Practice Potty Protocol! Show your appreciation of your properly functioning toilet by properly taking care of it. Toilet paper and waste are the only items suitable for flushing- any other items lead to pipe blockages down the road. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting befreshwaterfriendly.org/pottyprotocol.