Australian company, Vetrosystems, is tackling the problem with its latest range of environmentally friendly bathroom products. The products enhance the beauty of water to encourage people’s appreciation of this valuable resource.

With the very best of its range featured in the window display of a Knightsbridge showroom in London (not far from Harrods), Vetrosystems is making its mark internationally. As well as the UK, the company exports to France and China with negotiations underway for distribution in the United States.

According to William Pearse from Vetrosystems, a new partnership with the Schiavello Group in Melbourne will mean greater exposure for the popular Australian products and the ability to create products more in keeping with nature. Schiavello has notable environmental credentials and achievements. 

The company is one of the few Australian companies using the world class Life Cycle Analysis software, SimaPro to calculate the environmental impact of its products throughout their life.  

“We are particularly proud of the strong emphasis towards environmentally friendly design which takes into account product life cycle issues and the use of appropriate materials,” Pearse said.

Vetrosystems was founded by Joseph Licciardi in 1991 and based on a philosophy that products need to adapt to changing attitudes.

Inspired by the observations and ‘flat basin’ concept designed by architect Massimo Morozzi in 1986, Joseph designed his first product in the current Vetrosystems collection... The innovative Washplane™.

The Washplane™ became a reality in the early 90s using Vetrosystems’s glass along with Australia’s first range of round Washing Vessels as an alternative to the traditional ceramic hand basin. The Washplanes™ and Washing Vessels are still in production and also available in other materials such as stone, steel, Corian® and Ceramic. 

Massimo Morozzi observed that the washing ritual had changed over the years with the ease of readily available tap water. Most people use a continuous flow from the tap rather than filling a basin and washing repeatedly with dirty water.

Morozzi’s analysis of the modern washing ritual allowed Joseph Licciardi to create a range of distinctively elegant and unique products. They are designed without the restriction of old washing needs.

“There is a misconception about using an almost flat area to catch water – a lot of people think it will splash everywhere. In fact it’s the opposite. Water becomes extremely flat and runs away.

"This observation has allowed us to change the whole design approach. The Vetrosystems Water Outlets also feature flow restrictors to use less water and compliment the products”, according to Licciardi. 

Similar to ancient Roman water features, the products use water sparingly and also in a way that enhances its beauty. The designs are the first step in an ecologically smart plan to create automatic systems to controlling the flow, temperature and recycling of water (Smart water integrated management systems ‘SWIMS’).

Control by touch

Designed by Steve Hill (responsible for the introduction of the ‘dual flush’ system for toilets), the Sonic Sensor is used in a number of the innovative products from Vetrosystems.

Sonic Sensor touch controls activate hand washing water, shower water or toilet flushing. The controls convert the ‘sound energy’ of touch into electrical impulses that activate the switch.

Pearse says the Sonic Sensor can also control a Mains-flush system, another of Hill’s inventions. Mainsflush eliminates the need for a bulky cistern and uses less water.

“One of our most unusual products is the toilet roll holder with built-in Sonic Sensor controls to activate the Mainsflush system.”

Vetrosystems incorporate the touch control symbols onto wall tiles, mirrors, washplanes or bench tops. Glass, steel, plastic, Corian®, ceramic tiles, stones and some hard woods are also suitable for mounting the touch controls – depending on the thickness and density of the material.

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