This Is the Best Off-Grid, Off-Pipe Bathroom I Have Ever Seen

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It's beautiful blue and white Swedish porcelain, and it's from 1890, but they really figured things out.

TreeHugger shows a lot of compact bathroom designs, but this one from Sweden may take the prize for efficient compact design in an off-grid, off-pipe environment.

museum in malmo

Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0I saw it in Malmö Museer, a wonderful museum in an old Renaissance castle that doesn't have a huge collection but does have some very interesting pieces. There is a lot to love in the thinking behind it:

side of jug in bathroom

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You get your water and carry it in this handy jug that pivots forward to fill the sink.

jug underneath with handle

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When you are done, you pull the plug and it goes into the pail. So it's designed for easy carrying from the water source and easy dumping of the waste, hopefully in different locations. Underneath it all, there is a chamber pot. I don't know where they dump that. But overall it is a lovely thing.

label on lavatory

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All the translation tools stumble on Björk; apparently there is a famous singer with that name. But the phrase means "brown stained birch, porcelain."

Malmo wheel

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There were other wonderful objects in the adjoining Maritime and tech museum. We have shown the Copenhagen Wheel on TreeHugger many times, with its self-contained electric motor and batteries. I will call this the Malmö Wheel; made in 1920, it has a tiny gasoline engine and motor.

wood fiered car

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We always say that wood is a renewable resource and some say that burning wood is carbon neutral, so perhaps we should all drive in wood-fired cars like they did in Sweden in the Second World War. We have seen newer versions of this on TreeHugger.

Husqvqarna bike

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I think of Husqvarna as a chainsaw company but they used to build these sort of bike/ motorcycle crossovers; perhaps they should build a new one with a chainsaw mounted in front for self-defence. They also make rechargeable battery powered chainsaws now; perhaps they should go into the e-bike business. They apparently have the right mix of experience.