Hurricanes, homelessness, and human needs – 2017 Annual Report

May 18, 2018
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Hurricanes, homelessness, and human needs – 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, we made progress toward our goals against a background of hurricanes, homelessness, and a new awareness of human needs that underlines the significance of our work.  We invite you to download our 2017 PHLUSH Annual Report. The deadly consequences of hygiene facilities that came too late   Public toilet and hygiene facilities protect...

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Design Trends: Inclusion, Privacy, Efficiency, & Convenience

February 6, 2018
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Design Trends: Inclusion, Privacy, Efficiency, & Convenience

We’ve been taking a closer look at contemporary restrooms and see some excellent trends in their design, namely inclusion, privacy, efficiency, and convenience. INCLUSION Inclusive, gender-neutral restrooms serve everyone from those caring for opposite sex children or elders to gender non-conforming people. Unlike single unisex ADA toilet rooms, new space-efficient facilities bring everyone into...

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Transit’s missing link: The public toilet

January 19, 2018
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Transit’s missing link: The public toilet

This case study illustrates how the lack of a public restroom on a key route can render transit unusable for many riders and what community members can do to fight back. When it opened in late 2016, riders changing buses at an expensive new transit center in Washington State were dismayed to find they...

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World Water Week 2017: Live Blog

August 26, 2017
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World Water Week 2017: Live Blog

Welcome to the PHLUSH live blog of World Water Week 2017. PHLUSH Program Manager Carol McCreary is live blogging (using Twitter) the event in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27th to September 1st. The event program is here. The exhibitors are here. If you want her to discuss a specific topic, please leave a comment...

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When someone needs a toilet but doesn’t have a home: building support for public toilets

July 15, 2017
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This post is by PHLUSH board member Kyle Earlywine. He also runs his own toilet business and blog. He is a passionate advocate for dignified sanitation for those living without homes. Why do homeless people need toilets? For most people, access to a toilet is a given. Even if your community lacks restroom access,...

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How do you engage government officials on toilets?

May 11, 2017
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How do you engage government officials on toilets?

Access to water and sanitation are human rights!  But saying this is not enough to get a commitment from governments. We need to engage and persuade public officials who are likely to have limited funding and competing priorities. We need to understand their priorities and motivations if we are to influence governments at the...

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An interview with Anna Preble on Portland’s All-User restrooms

October 18, 2016
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An interview with Anna Preble on Portland’s All-User restrooms

PHLUSH is an all-volunteer organization; our volunteers respond to calls from local agencies and organizations. This ethos brings together a group of motivated professionals working all across North America on diverse sanitation issues. We are proud to feature the work of Anna Preble. Her tireless efforts around public toilet access in Portland have led...

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Social inclusion, toilet rights, and legal protection for transgender Americans

August 31, 2016
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Social inclusion, toilet rights, and legal protection for transgender Americans

Public toilets have long been at the forefront of human rights advocacy in the United States. During the past year, the transgender community and parents of young children who identify with a gender other than their birth sex have successfully advocated for laws requiring gender-neutral toilet rooms to ensure greater privacy. This expansion of...

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Innovative start-up brings waterless ecological toilets to festivals in the Pacific Northwest

May 16, 2016
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Innovative start-up brings waterless ecological toilets to festivals in the Pacific Northwest

When we heard about a company providing portable composting toilets for events in the Pacific Northwest, we wanted to learn more.  So we got in touch with Nicole Cousino,  founder of Nature Commode. Is this your first start up? Nature Commode is my first venture of this kind. I did a few projects 20...

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Teen leads movement bringing menstrual hygiene supplies to thousands of houseless women.

February 25, 2016
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Teen leads movement bringing menstrual hygiene supplies to thousands of houseless women.

Editor’s Note We recently had the opportunity to meet 17-year old Nadya Okamoto, who founded the Camions of Care, a 501c3 nonprofit in Portland, Oregon.  In the past year Camions of Care team members have distributed more than 6,000 care packages of feminine hygiene products through 25 nonprofit partners.  Here is the story in...

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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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