Everyone needs to use the toilet. It is vital for everyday life. When you need to go, you need to go.
For many of us, the lack of public toilets available is an inconvenience. For some of us - especially those with medical conditions, young children and often senior citizens – this becomes a daily problem that limits life choices.
Across the UK the number of public toilets has been reduced by more than a third (38 percent) over the last two decades. That’s more than one in every three toilets that were previously available for public use now out of commission. Some councils are already without a single free-to-use public convenience.
Use Our Loos
Domestos believes that a clean and safe toilet should be within everyone’s reach. So we have launched Use Our Loos, the first-ever national community toilet scheme, in partnership with the British Toilet Association with the ambition to make more toilets available to the public by encouraging cafes, restaurants, pubs… to offer the use of their facilities to the community.
We are also working with the Great British Public Toilet Map, to enable people to find toilets participating in the scheme on its interactive street map. Started by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, the map shows 11,300 publicly available toilets across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Businesses that sign up to Use Our Loos are already benefitting from their new open-door policy attracting new customers and connecting to their wider community. Each participating establishment will put a Use Our Loos sticker on display to help the public easily spot a business that is happy for you to use its toilets - even if you are not a customer.