Robert N. Whitney


A network of eight North American plants running around the clock has started additional production to meet the sudden increase in demand. Companies have been cranking up inactive production lines to improve overall sales. Toilet paper is under such high demand that this network is likely to expand in the coming years. The inventory would be replenished by the company after the need for paper slows down. Canada is the country that produces a huge amount of toilet paper annually owing to the high demand and exports. Deliveries of the company have also increased by almost 20 percent in the last few months due to the pandemic.

Here is a guide to the different types of toilets that are out there in the world.

The Western Toilet

The Western toilet is sometimes known as the porcelain throne, because that is how a person is supposed to sit on it, like sitting on a throne. This type of toilet is most commonly used in North America, South America, Australia and Europe. Major cities in Africa and Asia have started using it as well so as to accommodate Western visitors. To those born and raised in the West, the Western toilet might seem like the most comfortable and the most civilized option in the world and probably can’t imagine how someone could think otherwise. However, a lot of Asians actually prefer squatting, which is why sometimes there is a signage in public restrooms in Asia saying ‘Do not squat on the toilet seat’.

Western ToiletEven though some countries may have Western-style toilets, not all of them have toilet paper. The plumbing systems in most Asian, African and Latin American countries cannot process toilet paper. Flushing down toilet paper can result in blockages and clogs. This is why most households and public restrooms have a trashcan next to the toilet.

The European Bidet

European BidetEven though European toilets are the standard Western type, they come with an extra fixture known as the bidet. It is similar to a very low sink in appearance placed right next to the toilet seat. It was invented in France in the late 1600s and is widely used in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian homes. However, there is a general consensus that the bidet itself is a waste of bathroom space since everything can be done on the toilet seat.

The Toilet with A Spray Hose

Western ToiletThis is the most common type of toilet in most developing countries like Malaysia, Singapore, etc., especially in urban areas. The main difference between this toilet and the Western one is that the former comes with a water hose. It has the same purpose as the European bidet but occupying much less space. Toilets with water hoses can be found in Indonesia, Brunei, and Middle Eastern countries.

The Squat Toilet

Western ToiletThe squat toilet is most commonly called ‘the Asian toilet’. However, this does not mean that it is only popular in Asia. The squat toilet is also widely used in Africa and in certain rural parts of Europe. In most cities in Asia and Africa, public restrooms have both Western as well as squat toilets so that people get a choice. The toilet doors might also have signs on them indicating whether they have Western-style toilets or squat toilets inside. Even though it may seem uncomfortable and messy, the squatting position has been scientifically proven to be healthier. It releases pelvic muscles naturally and makes it easier to eliminate waste, especially for people with digestive issues.


In Indonesia, most residents don’t flush toilet paper down, but that doesn’t stop you from doing it. Unless the hotels, villas, or restaurants have a sign forbidding the flushing down of the paper, you can go ahead to clean it the way you want. Also, when there is no bin in the toilet, the paper can be flushed down. Many buildings don’t have proper septic tanks, with some of them having small structures while others exhibit bad absorption properties. You need to check if the property allows you to flush the toilet paper down the sewage because if it doesn’t, you could end up in trouble with the clogged pipes and pungent smell.

Some parts of the country consider toilet paper as an unhygienic form of cleaning. Water is being used all over India, and when this becomes excessive, the resource could run out. But in the colonial period, toilet papers were considered an extension of disinfection. Openly displaying toilet paper was a revolution as well as an embarrassment. It also seems unremarkable in today’s scenario. In India, toilet paper rolls are kept for foreign guests. The locals in the country will, however, not get accustomed to the use of these papers for the same purpose. Even if people start using it, paper will never replace the use of water in India.

The smallest room known to man is the Dutch bathroom, making even the elves claustrophobic. No much room is available for you to turn around or sit down. Certain things are unique to Dutch toilets, and these will include the lack of windows or any form of ventilation. An air freshener will be installed in the toilet bowl, and an extra spray will be offered to compensate for the lack of air circulation. Birthday reminders are a bizarre addition to these toilets. Apart from all these features, the Dutch toilet also includes the inspection shelf. Flushes are designed as a chain, rope, or string, or a push panel, foot pedal, or a button on the top of the toilet.