When Leonardo DiCaprio encouraged all of us to go green this year in the film The 11th Hour, he didn’t exactly say we should all take the same direction.
Take for instance his new toilet (yes, I have no idea how we find these things out either) that was installed as part of some eco-friendly additions the actor is undertaking at his home. It’s called the Toto Neorest 500. Not only does it come with a seat warmer, automatic flusher, and remote control — but it also automatically flips open when the user approaches it. Yup.
Apparently, this thing is considered “eco-friendly”, at 1.6 gpf, but with all the other gee-whiz gizmos thrown in we’re not buying it. We’re thinking the actor might have done better with some dual-flush toilets — or even taken it all the way by installing a composting version. Alas.
On one hand, I can understand the “coolness” factor of showing your pals a toilet that will pretty much serve their every bathroom need. Unfortunately, if you’re attempting to make a point that we should conserve and simplify our lifestyles, spending $3,200 on something so completely unnecessary is not the best way to win over your critics.