Global Homeless Day: Toilet Solutions from France for the USA

May 5, 2015
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Global Homeless Day: Toilet Solutions from France for the USA

“The restroom thus becomes a tool for figuring out just how a society functions – what it values, how it separates people from one another, and the kinds of trade-offs that come to be made,” says sociologist Harvey Moltoch. While we at PHLUSH believe in safe and accessible toilets for all people (families, children,...

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Sixty years after first successful Everest ascent, US mountaineers develop appropriate high altitude toilet technology.

August 19, 2013
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Dan Douthit at the Denali Summit - 05-27-2013

It’s been 60 years since climbers first summited Mount Everest. Around 3,500 people have made it to the top so far, and that number doesn’t include climbers and Sherpas living at lower base camps. But what has become strikingly clear in the 21st century is that people are leaving behind a mess. Time Magazine...

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Introducing Dr. Sh*t: South African geologist dedicates life to school kids and their toilets

January 28, 2013
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Introducing Dr. Sh*t: South African geologist dedicates life to school kids and their toilets

Maybe we give a buck to that houseless veteran standing on the corner. Perhaps we donate to the annual holiday collection for families struggling to make ends meet. But how many of us would give up a lucrative career to dedicate our lives to those in need? Trevor Mulaudzi, that’s who. He once was...

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Essay Review of The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems

December 21, 2012
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Essay Review of The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems

Reading The Bathroom: Small Spaces, Vast Systems published in Places by Dr. Barbara Penner, senior lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, challenges one to think beyond the status quo for global sanitation design of toilets, hygiene, and sewers. Penner is not your typical architect. She pushes disciplinary boundaries to decipher historical and sociological...

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World Toilet Summit 2012: Liveblog

November 29, 2012
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Welcome to the PHLUSH liveblog of the World Toilet Summit 2012. PHLUSH volunteer Abby Brown is liveblogging the event from Durban, South Africa on December 4 to December 6. Click Read more below for the latest updates. The event program is located here. [Please remember the time difference – Durban is ten hours ahead of...

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World Toilet Day 2012: Considering Life with No Toilets in the United States

November 18, 2012
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Twin Bucket Toilet Outreach

PHLUSH believes safe sanitation is a human right, and this permeates our efforts in three main focus areas: 1) public restroom design, 2) emergency sanitation, and 3) ecological sanitation. We collaborate with organizations locally and globally to see how and where sanitation solutions are needed in North America. There are still real sanitation problems...

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Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes

October 21, 2012
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Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes

A guest post on water and sanitation justice by Abby Brown of the Water for the Ages blog. On a recent trip to my hometown, I traveled two hours north to visit a close family member living on the streets. He is chronically homeless, and it deeply saddens me he is unable to accept...

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Time to Talk Sh*t – Gates Foundation Reinvents the Toilet

June 2, 2012
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Time to Talk Sh*t – Gates Foundation Reinvents the Toilet

Water and sanitation, WatSan, and WASH – there are many words to convey the idea that water and sanitation are linked. But as we learned during the PHLUSH visit to the Gates Foundation sponsored Luminaries of Science: Reinventing the Toilet event yesterday – the problem with this compound subject is that the idea of...

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Come Meet Mr. Toilet in Portland, Oregon

May 14, 2012
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Come Meet Mr. Toilet in Portland, Oregon

PHLUSH will host World Toilet Organization Founder Jack Sim on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4. Jack is an international media celebrity and inspiring advocate for human dignity. He put the spotlight on the 2.6 billion humans who lack toilets and helped get the UN to include sanitation in Millennium Development Goals. Jack...

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Meet Susan Mund, PHLUSH Volunteer

November 17, 2011
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Meet Susan Mund, PHLUSH Volunteer

  As an  all-volunteer run organization, PHLUSH relies solely on the help of dedicated volunteers to conduct outreach, plan activities, and manage online communications. So we want to acknowledge the efforts of friend and committed PHLUSH volunteer – Susan Mund. “It is so confusing that in a world concerned with clean, accessible and affordable...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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