by Cristina Foung
My favorite green product of the week: Environmental Designworks Sink Positive Toilet Tank Lid
What is it?
The manufacturer calls it a “multi-purpose accessory sink.” But basically it’s this fabulous direct greywater system. It’s a toilet tank lid that’s also a sink. It allows you to take the clean water that usually goes to fill your toilet tank, wash your hands with it first, and then use that to flush the toilet the next time around. You connect the sink to the water supply line in your toilet tank and then each time you flush, the water first comes out the faucet and then drains into the toilet tank.
Why is it better?
Greywater recycling in general allows for great amounts of water to be used for multiple purposes. In this world of increasing freshwater scarcity, that kind of conservation is a good thing (thank you, Captain Obvious).
The average single family home uses about 11 gallons of water from faucets daily. Let’s say just a quarter of that goes to hand washing post-bathroom use. With a Sink Positive, you would be cutting out that faucet use. It allows access to the clean tap water which normally goes straight into your toilet bowl. In all, that might save you 1,000 gallons of water a year.
But there are other benefits too. Each time you flush, that water is going to be there, allowing you to wash your hands. There’s no “accidental forgetting.” So you stay cleaner and less germy. Also, the water automatically stops running after the toilet tank runs its normal filling course. That means you don’t have to touch any faucet handles afterwards (even better for germaphobes).
And they save space! Take my apartment for example…we have a split bath. In the toilet room, there’s no sink (it’s in with the shower). But if my roommate is showering, oh no! Where do I wash my hands? Sink Positive is here to save the day. (Note: I don’t actually have one yet but I do plan on getting one as a housewarming gift for my brother as his place is set up the same way. Shhh…don’t tell. It’s a surprise.)
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.