A Rough History of Sanitation in the West

November 27, 2012
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A Rough History of Sanitation in the West

We’ll be at the Random Hacks of Kindness event in Seattle, participating in Toilet Hackers. Researching sanitation is a passion of ours, so we, Molly and Mathew, thought we’d put together a very rapid rough history of sanitation in the US, Canada, and Western Europe in the past 200 years.  There’s a stack of...

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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

November 20, 2012
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Abby Brown will represent PHLUSH at World Toilet Summit in South Africa.

At the end of the month Abby Brown is on her way to Durban, South Africa to represent PHLUSH at the 12th annual World Toilet Summit. Chosen by fellow PHLUSH volunteers to take advantage of a grant awarded by the World Toilet Organization, Abby will present to a plenary session on December 6th speaking about toilet...

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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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Handwashing: the DIY vaccine

October 12, 2012
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Handwashing: the DIY vaccine

Preventable illnesses – often termed “waterborne diseases” – kill 2.2 million kids under the age of five each year, more than three kids a minute.  These diseases could be more accurately described as “excretaborne”.  They have everything to do with poop. Poop is rich. Living within each of us in our gastrointestinal tracts are more...

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You have a say: Towards ecological sanitation in Oregon.

September 21, 2012
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You have a say: Towards ecological sanitation in Oregon.

Molly Danielsson and Mathew Lippincott, owners of MDML and  members of the PHLUSH team, are currently touring the State of Oregon, talking to communities and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials about ecological sanitation opportunities and obstacles. Under a grant to Recode from the Bullitt Foundation, the pair has investigated regulatory issues and prepared illustrative case...

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, or PHLUSH, is an all-volunteer advocacy group based in Portland's Old Town Chinatown. We collaborate with grassroots organizations, environmental activists, planners, architects, code officials and city managers. We receive support from the Old Town Chinatown Community Association and Neighbors West-Northwest. PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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