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resilient public health and sanitation systems.

Documentary "People Can't Wait" now available on line!

Interviewed about the shortage of public restrooms in downtown Portland and the resulting  inconvenience, PHLUSH Co-Founder Tom Carrollo notes that “people can’t wait”.    This axiom provided the title of a short documentary on the Portland Loo, which premiered to a full house at the Hollywood Theater on Wednesday night.   People Can’t Wait from shieldsfilms.com on Vimeo. The documentary is the entry of filmmaker Travis Shields in an international film competition.   His ShieldsFilm studio is a couple of blocks from the prototype Portland Loo on NW Glisan between 5th and 6th.


From the Blog

Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

June 29, 2020 The re-opening of the economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic depends on the successful re-opening of toilet facilities. Retail businesses, manufacturing firms, trade workshops, food-processing units, schools and universities, and government institutions must protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And they are in a position to support…

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There’s plenty of toilet paper in the US – so why are people hoarding it?

Almost 150 U.S. companies make toilet paper. Studio Dagdagaz/Shutterstock.com Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University The other day I went into Costco to buy some toilet paper. It came as a small shock when I couldn’t find a single roll. The new coronavirus is inspiring panic buying of a variety of household products such as…

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The POOP Project is coming to Portland 2/22/2020!

Straight from New York City, The POOP Project is coming to Portland! How do you break the potty taboo and catalyze creative conversation about sustainable sanitation for the person, planet and world community?  The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project​ has been showing us how, using a brilliant combination of theater,…

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