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article imagePeebetter introduces the Pollee shared urinal for women

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 19, 2011 in Lifestyle
UiWE/PeeBetter has created three versions of a shared urinal for women, and set them up to be tested and evaluated at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark.
PeeBetter describes itself as "a platform for developing human solutions to peeing in public space – for both sexes."
The company hopes to come up with solutions which will eliminate toilet queues and make it simple to pee in public spaces. Their Pollee designs for women received a lot of attention when they appeared at the Roskilde Festival, one of the largest music festivals in Europe.
Signe Brink Pedersen, project manager at Roskilde Festival, told Metroexpress that because there were long queues last year, many women ended up urinating along the fence.
The designs tested at this year's festival included Pollee Shy, Pollee Topless, and Pollee Naked - which offers varying degrees of privacy.
Four urinals are built around a central core, with low walls between them. Some have more of an outer wall than others.
"A focal point for the designers is finding the balance between private and public," reports dezeen. "It’s an important feature of Pollee that it is open and social – making it simpler and faster than the disgusting port-a-loos. Another thing that makes Pollee special is the combination of a semi-squat position and something to hold on to, giving the user balance and support while peeing. The design is based on months of testing and investigation into the pee needs of women."
Dezeen quoted Christian Pagh, of UiWE/PeeBetter, as saying: ”Quite frankly: the girls’ response at the festival was overwhelming. We have talked to hundreds of girls and although we received ideas for improvement, the overall message was: We use it and we love it!”
Several photos of the Pollee versions can be seen on the PeeBetter website.
PeeBetter recently added a page on Facebook.
Other female urinals have been designed in the past, including the Lady P and the Lady Loo, but they are mainly for indoor use. Items such as the Shewee and Lilium Femme were designed to allow women to urinate while standing up, and many women have said they were ideal when using dirty public toilets or when taking part in activities such as hiking.
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