Waterless No-Flush urinals has just introduced a new line of urinals made of approximately 30 percent soybean resin. The company adds that the percentage will likely increase in the near future as the manufacturing technology evolves. The High Performance Composite urinal models look and function just like its other waterless urinals, says a company spokesperson.
Users will notice no appearance or functionality difference between these urinals and other waterless or conventional urinal systems. However, each urinal will come with a label certificate stating that it is made partially with soybean resin.
More and More Uses for Soybeans
Soybean plants are hardy plants that grow all over the world. They adapt well to a variety of soils and soil conditions and are found in both cool and warm climates. This makes them one of the earth's most sustainable plants.
The resin in soybeans has been studied for years, and scientists continue to find a variety of commercial uses for it. For instance, some inks and colored markers now contain soy, replacing the petroleum-based oils that are normally used for these products.
Soybeans are also used in fuel. Referred to as biodiesel, this fuel is used in cars, as well as buses and boats. Also, soybean oils burn clean. And, biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have successfully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act.
"The idea of using soy bean resin to help manufacture urinals evolved a few years ago," says Niki Bradley, marketing director for Waterless Co. "Waterless No-Flush urinals are already environmentally responsible because just one waterless system can save as much as 40,000 gallons of water annually. But we wanted to develop a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to manufacture them as well."
According to Bradley, the High Performance Composite urinals, manufactured in the United States, will soon be delivered to U.S. distributors. The company also plans to market the urinals in other parts of the world as well.