For sustainable society


Enables easy hand washing

With the latest news of the widespread of the COVID-19 and other viruses, people are becoming more and more aware of the importance of hand-washing.

Videos involving celebrities showing the correct way to wash their hands are getting thousands and thousands of views, but have we ever thought about those who want to help reduce the spread of the bacteria, but don’t have the facilities to do so?
Forty percent of the World’s population have no access to basic hand-washing facilities.

To improve this situation and help the society win the battle against the virus and other contagious diseases, Japanese building material and housing equipment manufacturer LIXIL has developed a solution to get one step closer to providing everyone with hand washing facilities. The resolution is called ‘SATO Tap’. SATO Tap allows anyone to wash their hands just as those celebrities in the videos.

Simple and easy to assemble design allows anyone to use SATO Tap anytime, anywhere. The product is created by combining two plastic parts and setting a plastic bottle of any size (up to two liters) upside down.

SATO Tap was invented by an employee of LIXIL who unfortunately faced the COVID-19 while living in the United States. Part of the inspiration for creating this product was the employees’ six-year-old son, who was playing with some toys in the bath, letting water dribble from one side to another. While in lockdown LIXILs’ employee thought about those who do not have the access to wash their hands in their homes and researched existing hand-washing methods, as well as asking his colleagues in Asia and Africa about the current situation. He later decided to create a new hand-washing method. As it was difficult to reach out to the Japanese partners, a local company which owned a 3D printer offered to help and an idea became a reality.

Based on reviews of the users and various stakeholders, LIXIL analyzed the existing solutions which are used in the developing countries and created a unique design. The water setting base is designed to fit plastic bottles of various sizes and shapes, and it also comes the soap holder. It was designed to reduce the contact between the tap and hands as well as reducing the spread of bacteria. In remote areas where water and sewage systems are not installed, two people often use buckets to wash hands and create water waste. SATO Tap helps reduce that issue as well as it secures the amount of water required, while suppressing the amount of water that is disposed.

SATO is a social business within LIXIL which also developed a simple toilet system at a low price for developing countries. Approximately four million units have been shipped around the world and helped provide more than 18 million people in 38 countries people with the suitable hygiene environment.

The company plans to invest 100 million yen to spread the hand-washing habit through “SATO Tap” and expand the production volume and bases in order for SATO Tap to be delivered quickly to the people in need.

In addition to providing the products, SATO Taps intends to expand the scope of activities with existing partners. For example, in the partnership with UNICEF ‘Make a Splash!’ has been working together to create a sanitary toilet marketing in three African countries, and are currently working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections in the field of hand washing and hygiene. SATO tap plans to carry out a wide range of activities such as promoting the use of hand-washing facilities by making the most of the existing networks of both the public and private sectors and the supply chain.

In order to provide sustainable hygiene habits to those in need, LIXIL plans to sell the appliance at an affordable price in order to help it spread widely around the World.

LIXIL will start production in India and will provide to partners in September 2020. General sales are schedules to start by the beginning of 2021. In the near future collaborations with licensed companies in other markets such as Africa are being planned. One of the goals set by the SATO Taps by 2025 is to reach out to one billion people of the different regions who are in need of a more sustainable hygiene environment.

Photo: LIXIL

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