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World Toilet Day celebrated globally at the grass roots

As the sun sets on Portland, 24 hours of celebration around the world come to a close. November 19 marks World Toilet Day, an annual project of the World Toilet Organization to bring light-hearted awareness to a dead serious crisis.   Two and a half billion of our fellow humans, or 2 out of 5, lack proper sanitation. IMG_1130 Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection, with the majority of the world’s illness caused by fecal matter. One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs. Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS. That’s 5,000 children dying every single day. Awareness events throughout the world included everything from clean ups, to design workshops, to tours of sewage plants to the Big Squat.   Here in Portland, PHLUSH Co-Founder Barb Lescher spoke at Portland State University on her career responding to the needs of homeless people through grassroots initiatives, particularly her work as Excutive Director of Our Peaceful Place.  The students in Celine Fitzmaurice’s Senior Capstone are not only studying homelessness and poverty but are carrying out projects in Old Town Chinatown in collaboration with the MacDonald Center and the Downtown Chapel.


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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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