'Sink-urinal' hybrid saves water and encourages hand washing

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Guys, I know it's hard for you to remember to wash up after every bathroom visit, but enough is enough. This isn't even the first sink and urinal combo we've written about on DVICE. So, pull yourselves together and consider what that says about your cleanliness.

Kaspars Jursons is a Latvian designer who made a sink-and-urinal-in-one called TANDEM that goes for about $590. The TANDEM is already being used at a concert hall in Riga, Latvia and units have also been shipped to Norway, Germany, Russia and Poland.

This toilet redesign wasn't just made to encourage hand washing, though. It also conserves water in a major way.

"It's not just a fancy piece of art," Jursons says. "The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that's running is also used to flush. You don't have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink."

So, the sink is sensor-activated and the water from your hand washing then flows downward to rinse the urinal. Recycling! What do you think, guys?

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