The SaTo Hygienic Toilet Plan

Poor sanitation is a leading cause of child mortality. Today, an estimated 1,800 children die every day due to inadequate sanitation facilities. Our solution to this global crisis is the SaTo, a low-cost hygienic toilet pan that utilizes simple mechanical and water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air. This reduces disease transmission from flying insects that come into contact with human waste. The SaTo pan eliminates the unsightly appearance and odors from open pit latrines. In 2013, American Standard launched the Flush for Good™ campaign that promoted the SaTo by matching the sale of every Champion Pro toilet with the donation of one SaTo. The campaign resulted in:

  • Donation of 1.2 million SaTo toilet pans to developing countries.
  • More than 810,000 of the first SaTo pan models have been distributed and installed in Bangladesh, Uganda, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria and the Philippines.
  • American Standard has set a goal to improve the quality of life for more than 20 million people with safer sanitation facilities by 2020.

American Standard is currently in field testing for three new models of the SaTo. The new models are designed to operate where water is limited, as in Sub-Saharan Africa. A trap door blocks the sights and smells of the pit below and can be conveniently opened to get rid of waste by manually pulling a cable. The user rinses the pan clean using a very small amount of water. The SaTo toilet pan has been a solution enabling us to help save millions of lives in developing countries.

Changing Lives for the Better

Patents for Humanity Award
American Standard has been honored with a 2015 Patents for Humanity Award from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for improving sanitation conditions in developing countries with the SaTo toilet pan technology. Launched in 2012, the Patents for Humanity program honors individual and organizational patent holders who have developed innovative and sustainable solutions that address global humanitarian challenges.

The SaTo was recognized for its innovative industrial designs that contribute to promoting healthy living and contribution to worldwide design innovation with a sustainable edge. Presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

American Standard SaTo Sanitary Toilet Pan Recognized with 2014 R&D 100 Award
The Life-Saving SaTo Pan, Invented to Help Improve the Global Sanitation Crisis, Distinguished in R&D Magazine International Competition. The SaTo hygienic toilet pan, created by American Standard Brands as a life-saving safe sanitation solution for developing countries, is a winner in R&D Magazine’s 52nd annual R&D 100 Awards. This international competition recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year, encompassing a wide range of industries including Fortune 500 companies, academia and federally funded research institutions.