Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have come up with an innovative new invention that addresses one of the greatest issues facing society today (sarcasm). They have developed a special Teflon-style coating that gets sprayed inside the toilet that prevents poop from sticking to the bowl. They hope their teflon turd deterrent will curb water waste in a world where billions of liters are literally flushed down the toilet every day.
First described in the journal Nature Sustainability, LESS (liquid entrenched smooth surface) is a “robust bio-inspired, liquid, sludge- and bacteria-repellent coating can essentially make a toilet self-cleaning.” That’s according to Tak-Sing Wong of the Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering, where the stick-free spray was hatched. The coating only needs to be reapplied after 500 flushes. It’s unknown when LESS will hit retail shelves, however, researchers hope that its application will extend beyond the customer’s toilet bowl. If widely adopted by the US, it could benefit drought-stricken areas of the country, scientists say.
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