The ways portaloos are useful

Portable Toilets are Safe and Sanitary​​ Portable chemical toilets are self-contained units. They keep waste and its smell away from you and others. A portable toilet is an excellent solution if you’re planning to eliminate human waste in remote locations. This is also effective in places where no other sanitation options are available. This is why you so often will be sure to see them at some large events. You can also be sure to see them also at mass gatherings too.

Portable toilets provide a convenient way of supplying a bathroom to construction workers and crowds at outdoor events. They can be made most effective in no end of ways to the end user too. Portable toilets, also known too as being called Portaloos, are a way of doing this, they can help in several ways, as they do not have much impact on the environment either.

What to know

Portable toilets are a relatively new invention especially when we compare them to standard flushable toilets (which you would have thought came after due to their waste disposal technology). They were invented all the way back 1596 (although not commonly used until 1851) whereas portable toilets as we know them today have not even been around 100 years.

Around since the 1940’s

They in fact were created in the 1940’s during World War 2 in America. The shipbuilding industry was huge at this time, but they noticed their employees weren’t being as productive as they could be. This is as they would waste time in having to walk all the way up the docks and back to find the nearest toilet. Temporary wooden toilet blocks were designed to be placed on each ship with a small holding tank attached, thus creating a portable toilet not worlds away from what we have today. They evolved over time using metal, fibreglass, and then eventually polyurethane plastic like we use today.

All of these evolutions helped make the toilet more lightweight (therefore more portable). As well as more hygienic as each of the materials absorbs less than the one before. Be sure to check out our full blog post on ‘The surprising History of Portable Toilets’ for the full story. A bonus fact with this is that toilet paper has also not always been available. Mass manufacturing only began to take place in the 1800’s. This however was not even splinter free so could be pretty uncomfortable I imagine. Harmless splinter free toilet paper like we know today was not introduced until 1935, just in time for the portable toilet!


It may seem obvious but portable toilets that are not connected to a mains water supply. They in turn tend to waste a lot less water than a standard flushable toilet would. Flushing toilets is one of the main ways water is wasted, even more so than taking a shower. Portable toilets waste around 90% less water than a regular toilet so are in fact helping to save the planet.