PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore!

October 11, 2009
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PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore!

PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore! Portland, Ore.  October 12, 2009.  Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) has accepted the invitation from the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to share Portland’s experience in increasing the availability of public restrooms.  As an all-volunteer grassroots group we’re now calling on the community...

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Guest Post: Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability

September 24, 2009
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Guest Post:  Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability

By Robert Brubaker, Program Manager, American Restroom Association Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability. 090809rb 8:23 am 090809cm   1:45 pm   546 words A State code expert from Kansas,  Eirene Oliphant has submitted potty parity code change proposals that address some of the ‘long line’ problems women face waiting...

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Restroom design work wins PHLUSH invitation to prestigious international event.

September 16, 2009
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Restroom design work wins PHLUSH invitation to prestigious international event.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, or PHLUSH, has been invited to make two presentations to the prestigious World Toilet Summit in Singapore in December 2009. Old Town Chinatown?s public restroom advocates are busy preparing 20-minute presentations entitled Public Restroom Design for 21st Century US Cities: The PHLUSH Principles and Innovations in Sustainable Design:...

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Jamison Square needs a Portland Loo.

September 4, 2009
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The Pearl District, Portland’s icon of New Urbanism still does not have a single public restroom on its pedestrian friendly streets!   How can this be? We’re not talking about Starbucks here.  We’re talking about the commons: toilet facilities that serve residents and visitors in shared spaces such as sidewalks and public parks. Jamison...

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Oregon’s Floating Toilets

August 24, 2009
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Oregon’s Floating Toilets

Floating restrooms are available at a number of Oregon locations thanks to the collaboration of the Oregon State Marine Board and local communities.      Linda Robinson of Friends of Gateway Green, sent us some photos. The toilets are pumped out using the same vacuum technology that boaters use to pipe the contents of their...

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Oregon boaters want more restrooms

August 15, 2009
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Oregon boaters want more restrooms

More than half of Oregon boaters say restroom availability is inadequate at  the state’s ramps and docks.    In fact, the lack of restrooms rank third among boaters’ complaints, after boat wake disruptions and no-wake zone violations.  In a survey conducted every three years by the Oregon State Marine Board  54.8% of respondents noted...

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A neighbor speaks out.

May 21, 2009
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A neighbor speaks out.

It  was good to hear from an Old Town neighbor, even one who is understandably distressed.   But public urination is distressing, and especially now that we have toilets at more or less at 1000 foot intervals throughout the hood.   There is a concern we have that I would like to address. We...

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How PHLUSH Began

May 7, 2009
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How PHLUSH Began

For decades the lack of public restrooms had been a problem for business owners, employees, residents, and visitors in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown district.  Located at the heart of the city, this is the place where Portland began. It was home to the historic skid road of a timber-dominated economy driven by workers from...

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Washington DC activists look to PHLUSH Advocacy

April 28, 2009
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Today brings an interesting post on the lack of public restrooms in Washington DC by blogger Lynda Laughlin, a sociologist whose day job is a family demographer with the US Census Bureau.     Citing PHLUSH efforts in Portland, Laughlin says    Advocating for more public restrooms can be tricky. People are often too embarrassed...

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Documentary “People Can’t Wait” now available on line!

April 10, 2009
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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...

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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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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.

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