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We fight for your toilet rights. Remember PHLUSH on #GivingTuesday.

November 26, 2017
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We fight for your toilet rights. Remember PHLUSH on #GivingTuesday.

Have you ever needed “to go” but couldn’t find a public toilet? Yes? Well, we’re working to fix that. We help local governments figure out how to build cost effective public restrooms that provide maximum function in minimum space and are safe, accessible, available, attractive and easy to maintain. Have you felt unsafe in...

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A Call for More Comprehensive Disaster Sanitation Preparedness

October 13, 2017
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A Call for More Comprehensive Disaster Sanitation Preparedness

All citizens who pee and poop, that’s everyone, need to know how to safely take care of toileting when the luxury of a ‘flush and forget’ mentality is no longer an option. Natural disasters, such as recent Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, alter our world in unpredictable ways. One thing that we can anticipate...

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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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A Free Minimalist Urine-diverting Dry Toilet (UDDT) for the Unhoused, Poor or Disaster-stricken

October 14, 2013
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A Free Minimalist Urine-diverting Dry Toilet (UDDT) for the Unhoused, Poor or Disaster-stricken

By Chris Canaday. Ecuador-based researcher Canaday generously prepared this in response to our inquiries. He invites feedback via Inodoroseco or email canaday2 AT gmail.com Shifting from wasteful, expensive, contaminating, water-based toilets to decentralized, environmentally friendly, dry toilets should be more a matter of paradigm shift than capital investment. This is especially true for those who have little...

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New PHLUSH exhibit premiers at National VOAD Conference

May 15, 2013
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New PHLUSH exhibit premiers at National VOAD Conference

This week the Portland Hilton is buzzing with the energy of hundreds of impassioned volunteers and salaried colleagues who manage the nation’s most important disaster response agencies. It’s the annual conference of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster a coalition of hundreds of organizations – faith-based, community-based, and other non-governmental organizations – and 55...

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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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Sewers are broken. Where will you go?

May 19, 2012
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Sewers are broken. Where will you go?

PHLUSH partner organization MDML (once known as Cloacina.org Project) created an informative and life-saving guide that shows you scientifically-proven methods for human-waste composting in an emergency. Don’t miss the opportunity to download it for free or purchase it for 10 bucks on their website. This illustrated guide presents a series of graduated responses you can do to...

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Portland Takes Lead in Sound Advice for Emergency Sanitation

May 2, 2012
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Portland Takes Lead in Sound Advice for Emergency Sanitation

Lately, we’ve been checking out what other West Coast cities at risk of earthquake-induced water and sewer system failure and non-functioning toilets are recommending to residents. Some cities propose that residents bag, bleach, throw away, or bury human waste in the event of an emergency.  Such proposals could have dangerous consequences.  Portland, however, has...

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How about Walking for Water on March 24?

March 9, 2012
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How about Walking for Water on March 24?

Portlanders will join folks from around the globe on Saturday, March 24 to commemorate World Water Day with a convivial morning of exercise on the waterfront and learning activities at OMSI. Portland’s Fourth Annual Walk for Water  features a non-competitive 5k fun run as well as the simulation of a typical water-gathering experience for...

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Emergency toilets on agenda at Sunnyside Disaster Dinner

March 5, 2012
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Emergency toilets on agenda at Sunnyside Disaster Dinner

Sunnyside Environmental School plays host to the First Annual Sunnyside Disaster Dinner on Saturday, Mach 10.  This neighborhood event to promote community emergency preparedness takes place at the school at 3421 SE Salmon St. From 3 to 4:30pm the public is invited to visit free Information Booths and Activities. Jeff Holiman and the PHLUSH team...

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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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