Normally road trips end with souvenirs, photographs and a million cherished memories for trippers. But for Deep Bajaj, who was successfully running a carpet design business with his wife, a road trip from Delhi to Jaipur with his friends and their respective spouses in 2014 ended in an idea – an idea to finally bring gender equality to one last male bastion-the ability to stand and pee! Whilst stopping intermittently on the highway to find clean loos for the ladies, Deep and his friends cracked jokes on the fact that men could stand and pee anywhere. But back home, once the jokes were over and so was the trip, Deep was intrigued to research on the category of female urination devices in India.
To his surprise, this was a category which lay unexplored and not much talked about given the sensitivity of Indian culture about issues concerning women. What he found out that while such devices were a handy companion of travelling women in the West, in India their presence and even information about them was limited. And that in a country, where the ratio of men to women public loos is already skewed. Consider this, in the capital city Delhi alone, while men have access to around 3,000 public toilets, for women this number is a pithy 300! And on top of that, they are barely clean and minefield of contracting UTIs. The situation becomes worse for women when they are travelling, or pregnant or are aged and suffering from arthritis.
That’s when he along with brother Mohit Bajaj and friend Rahul Anand came up with the idea of Pee-Buddy – India’s first female urination device using which women could stand and pee even in the dirty and common toilets, avert the risk of contracting infections, and travel freely and without worries. Pee-Buddy, thus, not only proposes a practical and hygienic solution to counter unclean public toilets for women, but also aims to change the way women travel.
How It Works
After researching on the category of female urination devices and finding that none existed in the Indian market, the Pee-Buddy team started ideating on the design. And finally hit on the one which was the most ergonomically sound. In its current avatar, PeeBuddy is an easy to carry, disposable tunnel-shaped paper urination device that fits between the legs to enable women to stand and pee. The design resembles that of a funnel.
Made from waterproof coated paper which is disposable and environmentally friendly, each device is for a single use only. The startup filed a design patent for the product which came through in February 2015.