First women's urinals launch at Glastonbury to flush away fear of the festival toilet

2022-06-15 12:13:02 By : Ms. Suzy Gui

Fear of the festival toilet may be about to come to an end with the launch of the first free-standing women’s urinal at this year’s Glastonbury.

Flushed from early success at a two-day festival in Bristol last week, the designers of PEEQUAL have now decided to take their toilets to a bigger audience.

Teaming up with the charity WaterAid, the new-squat-and-go facilities will be available to female festival-goers as they enjoy the musical delights of Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Diana Ross at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Amber Probyn, co-founder of PEEQUAL, told i: “This is a big deal for us.

“People don’t want to go to festivals because of the toilet provision.

“Nobody likes the experience of portable toilets, they are dark and smell a lot, it’s not a desirable thing.

“We will have 40 urinals in total near to the Pyramid Stage and in the Stone Circle.

“And we are working with WaterAid for the first time, who will be cleaning the units and explaining to women how to use them.”

Ms Probyn founded PEEQUAL with fellow entrepreneur Hazel McShane, after studying together at the University of Bristol where they won the New Enterprise Competition for the PEEQUAL design.

Since then they have secured more than £250,000 and started manufacturing the urinals.

The Love Saves the Day Festival in Bristol last week presented the first opportunity to check the plumbing on a large scale with 30 urinals in use.

“The women became great advocates for them, coming back to use them again and again and bringing their friends”, said Ms Probyn.

The urinals aim to solve the age-old problem of the loo queue for women.

Made from 100 per cent recyclable materials and available as a flat-pack, they can be easily transported and set up to different space-saving configurations.

Based on raised platforms with overlapping screens instead of doors, the units are open-air to solve odour issues and touch-free with toilet paper and hand sanitizer on site.

The founders maintain it means 90 per cent of women who just need a pee can go six times faster than if they were using a bog-standard portable toilet.

Hazel McShane said: “Women shouldn’t have to wait in longer queues for something as simple as going for a pee and PEEQUAL significantly reduces women’s time spent queuing so they can get back to doing what they actually paid for – enjoying the festival.”

For festival organisers, it means women will spend less time queuing to spend a penny freeing them up to splash the cash at bars and stalls on site.

Anna Hedges, WaterAid’s special events project manager said the charity was “really excited to be working with PEEQUAL” adding that the festival experience of walking to find a toilet and queuing up for a drink “help people start to imagine what it might be like for the millions of people around the world who don’t have access to clean water or toilets”.

Efficient use of time is at the heart of PEEQUAL’s philosophy and its founders are certainly not wasting any.

Before Glastonbury even gets underway, the pair are already planning ahead to feature at more festivals and running events such as marathons.

They are also looking at creating facilities which are permanent fixtures in shopping malls and airports.

As Ms Probyn said: “This is a way we can tangibly provide gender equality in the world.”

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