One in three Americans don’t wash their hands after using the facilities, and it shouldn’t be surprising to know that men are the chief culprits.


Designer Kaspars Jursons developed a urinal that’s meant to solve this pressing problem.


Dubbed STAND, the design is a hybrid of a sink and wall urinal, with the former set into the top portion of the latter.


The fixture is water efficient, reusing hand-washing water to rinse the urinal stall after use.


STAND is meant to replace standard wall urinals. If that happens, guys really won’t have an excuse for not washing up.

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Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men To Wash Their Hands?

A Latvian designer has developed a new urinal to convince men to soap up before leaving the bathroom.

People, in general, aren’t good at prioritizing. We blow off work to repeatedly refresh our news feeds and bookmark articles we don’t ever finish reading. We eagerly wait an hour for a cheeseburger we consume in under three minutes. Worst of all, far, far too many of us forgo washing our hands after doing our business. Why? Because 15 measly seconds of lathering and rinsing is just too much to ask.

Nearly ⅓ of Americans don’t wash their hands before exiting a public restroom, with men outpacing women in terms of overall grossness (duh). We don’t know what the figures are for Eastern Europe, but they must be similarly alarming. Latvian designer Kaspars Jursons was moved—presumably by disgust and genuine worry for humankind—to find a solution.

He developed a design for a urinal that compels men to soap up after zipping up. Dubbed STAND, the hybrid toilet consists of a shallow sink that’s integrated into the shell of the urinal, just over the basin. The sensor-activated faucet makes the whole operation hands-free, barring the, eh, bar of soap.

Jursons stumbled on the idea for the project after he made several design collages for a study project at the Art Academy of Latvia. One, a mashup of restroom appliances, struck him as surprisingly functional and efficient. He did some Googling to see if any similar products already existed, and when his searches failed to turn up anything, he decided to build some prototypes.

"I did some first mockups in fiberglass to test it and decide details for the continuous shape," Jursons tells Co.Design. "That’s how the story began." Soon after, he formed a small design company to develop the product concept and ready it for commercial use.

Now produced in a small-production run, STAND ($590) has shipped to locations in Norway, Germany, and Russia, not to mention Latvia. A line of the urinals are installed at a concert venue in Riga, whose owners have apparently saved thousands of liters of water. Jursons chalks up these big savings to the design’s simplicity: "By washing your hands, the same water rinses the urinal by a simple method. People do not need to use water twice any more, for urinal and for sink—they just simply wash their hands."

And there’s really no excuse to not do so when the sink is staring you right in the face. Sure, the urinal is vulnerable to sophomoric horseplay, but it’s still a relatively seamless solution—albeit just one—to what really shouldn’t be a problem.

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  • JRJ21

    Women don't wash after, as much as men don;t and they touch themselves more.I can do it without touching myself.Now about this hot water splashing above my privates?????Sounds like a lawsuit ready to happen.

  • No Thanks

    Drunk idiots will see it as a challenge and pee in the sink. Janitors will clean urinals and then use the same tools to clean the sink and faucet. I would never touch that thing. Besides, what's the point? "Washing" hands without soap may make everyone feel better, but it has absolutely no effect on the removal of bacteria. I have proved this fact through the use of gram staining with a black light box. Even alcohol based sanitizers have no effect. Soap and warm water are all that matter. Also, regarding the article, any woman will tell you that there are plenty of disgusting broads who do not wash their paws after using the restroom. The solution is to put common sinks outside the restroom where shame will force all but the filthiest pigs to wash or find themselves humiliated on the internet ignoring the sink in HD.

  • Matthew G. Zatkalik

    Nice design and color and incentive to wash your hands, and... how is the soap dispensed?; where are the towels?; do you still need to use the crank or lever for paper towels?; do you still have to use the door handle?; or, do you stand by the door waiting for someone to come in so that you don't have to touch the door handle. A little more planning and engineering needs to come out of the head before we head for the head.

  • Daniel Kim

    Many toilets in Japan have a lid on the tank that has a small faucet with a sink and drain. Upon flushing, the water that is used to fill the tank is first emitted from the faucet, letting the user wash their hands. The water then fills the tank, so it is not wasted. This is not a new idea. There is a critical timing involved, since one does need to settle one's clothes before flushing and washing. Yes, there is still the challenge of finding a way to dry one's hands.

    I like the overall contour of the urinal, it looks like it won't let too much urine splash back. This is a common problem with urinals, and is really disgusting, especially when wearing short pants.

  • No Thanks

    Yep - splashback. It's the reason I don't use urinals. BTW, it's no less disgusting when wearing trousers. You just walk around smelling like a homeless guy who pees on himself.

  • Sandeep Ozarde

    Two more challenges to solve 1) Is there Soap too? 2) How about hand dryer after washing?


  • Pkirill

    I like it. It's not like you ever touch the sink where you wash your hands anyway. I'm thinking of the jam up when a bathroom at a concert or airport has 2 or 3 times as many urinals as sinks. That's when I see people in a hurry give up and walk out without washing...

  • jasomm

    this is a great idea, but the actual design need a lot of work. needs to add privacy, and a more obvious separation of functions. Nobody wants to wash their hands somewhere that seems like a place to pee.

  • Tim

    i work with someone who does not wash their hands after bowel movement -- if you could not wash your hands in the first place, it does not matter how convenient a design will make it, the person will not do it.
    and personally, i would not stick my hands in a sink that was probably a target.

  • noyhead

    The next problem is how to dry out hands after washing and flushing.
    Need paper or a dryer very next to these. 

  • AverageRandomJoe

    This assumes the guy is worried about flushing. While I have seen that guys tend to flush, it seems about on par with if they wash so this may save water, but they have waterless urinals too so is seems a wash in the end. (pun intended)

  • MikeyBrock

    Exactly what I was thinking, I would never wash my hands in that sink. They've gotta keep these things seperate, no way this is hygienic!