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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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GottaGo! campaigning for public toilets in Ottawa

May 15, 2014
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GottaGo! campaigning for public toilets in Ottawa

This guest blog post is from Joan Kuyek of GottaGo!. The GottaGo! campaign in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, is advocating for a network of open clean, accessible public toilets and water fountains in key places in the region. Currently, the only public toilets in Ottawa are in recreation centres, libraries and large parks. When the...

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Toilets around the World

November 14, 2013
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Toilets around the World

This guest blog post is from Mary Landwer for World Toilet Day 2013. Please check out our ToiletsUSA page for more info. Follow #ToiletsUSA, #LiftTheLid, and #CelebrateTheToilet. Thanks to a popular children’s book, we understand from an early age that Everybody Poops. What many don’t understand, though, is that not everyone has a toilet to do it...

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Stories from the Street: PSU team explores toiletlessness

July 1, 2013
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Stories from the Street: PSU team explores toiletlessness

Students from Portland State University’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Affairs and Planning, have recently compled a project on the consequences of toiletlessness. After spending the winter academic term on background and planning, the Right to Relief team spent the spring term exploring the issues in collaboration with PHLUSH.  They hit the streets, announced...

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Celebrate First Flush of Portland Loo #5 at 1 pm Jan 31st

January 26, 2012
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Celebrate First Flush of Portland Loo #5 at 1 pm Jan 31st

Isn’t it weirdly cool that we live in a city that celebrates the first flush of every new Portland Loo?  Actually, these repeated inaugurals tell us something.  A product has met a need.  The city has provided a service citizens think is important. People are using the Loo and talking about it.  The co-location...

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Urinals complete Victoria BC streetscape.

March 11, 2011
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Urinals complete Victoria BC streetscape.

Victoria, the genteel provincial capital of British Columbia, has been quite sophisticated in addressing the troublesome issue of public urination.  For the past five years the city has been funding street toilets and appears to have good public support.  There are lessons to be learned. During the early days of PHLUSH, we were interested...

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It’s high time for 21st century design.

July 22, 2010
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Why are we still are building public restroom facilities designed for mid 20th century families rather than for the dynamic twenty-first century global society in which we now live?    A rethink of public restroom design would solve the dilemma that Lisa A. Fram outlines in  Men? Women? Parents Face Public Bathroom Dilemma: How...

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Journalists breaking the pee and poop barrier

June 11, 2010
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Several solid pieces of journalism  have burst on the scene recently and threaten to break through our society’s prevailing “flush and forget” mind set “A Fecal Matter” The cover story in the June 2nd Willamette Week takes on Portland’s sewers.  Pulitizer-prize winning Nigel Jaquiss looks at the city’s groaning infrastructure, salutes the engineer-heros in...

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World Toilet Organization Hall of Fame honors Clara Greed

December 5, 2009
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While there was little coverage of the role of public restrooms in urban design at the Summit, the final session honored Clara Greed Greed, who was not present due to a family illness, received a WTO Hall of Fame Award. Greed, Professor of Inclusive Urban Planning http://www.bne.uwe.ac.uk/staff/staffDetails.asp?StaffID=c-greed at the University of the West of...

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Worrying about those worriers in the Pearl

December 3, 2009
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News from back home has gotten our attention this morning. In Pearl residents worried about ‘Portland loo’ planned for Jamison Square, The Oregonian’s James Mayer gets some good quotes. “Let me ask you this — would you want your bedroom within 40 feet of an all-night bathroom, with its potential for noise, crime and...

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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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