We need to talk about restrooms.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

This happens to me all the time

  • Waiting to use the restroom until it is empty (and then hoping no one comes in).
  • Literally running out of the restroom as fast as I can.
  • Awkwardly waiting in the stall until everyone leaves, which generally results in me being late for a meeting or a class.
  • Talking in as high pitched a voice as I can even if it’s only to myself.

Building design impacts human health.

  • “More than half (59%) of respondents avoided using a public restroom in the past year because they were afraid of confrontations or other problems they might experience.”
  • “Nearly one-third (32%) of respondents limited the amount that they ate and drank to avoid using the restroom in the past year.”
  • “Eight percent (8%) reported having a urinary tract infection, kidney infection, or another kidney-related problem in the past year as a result of avoiding restrooms.”

We can do better — we just choose not to, and that says a lot about us.

Design detail from an inclusive restroom at PCC Community Markets
Image of non-gendered restroom design at Town Hall Seattle.

Design change versus behavior change.

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Attorney + sustainability consultant. I write about how we can drive deep green innovation at scale. https://www.sustainablestrategiespllc.com

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