Building Safe Toilet Design into Shared Urban Space

December 10, 2011
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Building Safe Toilet Design into Shared Urban Space

  That’s the title of our paper presented at the recent World Toilet Summit in Hainan, China.   PHLUSH believes that public toilets should be as much a part of the streetscape as sidewalks and street lamps. But as public restroom advocates all over North America know, it’s an uphill battle. For many public officials...

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Emergency Sanitation Updates

November 8, 2011
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Emergency Sanitation Updates

Awareness that Portland sits atop the Cascadia Subduction Zone and is at risk of a major earthquake has fueled interest in emergency sanitation.   Toilets for Emergencies is what we’re calling our fall campaign that leads up to World Toilet Day, celebrated annually on November 19th. Visitors to the PHLUSH booth at last month’s Water! Festival...

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Where does it all go? Sanitation tours provide answers.

November 7, 2011
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Where does it all go?  Sanitation tours provide answers.

Where does it all go after we flush?  How does it all get managed?  How come we know so little about how wastewater treatment systems work? These are the questions that led us to organize our 2011-12  series of expert-led tours of sanitation facilities.  As citizens, we need some understanding of essential infrastructure to...

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Toilets for Emergencies

September 27, 2011
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Toilets for Emergencies

What are we going to do when the toilets don’t work?  Do we have the knowledge and materials we need to build simple, safe, functional toilets for household and multi-household use?   Helping Portlanders answer these questions is the goal of Toilets for Emergencies, a fall campaign organized by PHLUSH in partnership with PNCA’s Collaborative...

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Will no-mix toilets work on San Francisco streets?

September 15, 2011
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Will no-mix toilets work on San Francisco streets?

At PHLUSH we’ve been looking at urine diversion technologies and think no-mix toilets are going to be really important in the future.  And we’re keen to get the word out as we consider earthquake preparedness and what to do for emergency household toilets when we can’t flush.  So a proposal, picked up by the New York...

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Sanitation tour series begins Sept 28th with Living Machine visit

September 13, 2011
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Sanitation tour series begins Sept 28th with Living Machine visit

To provide opportunities for citizens to get the knowledge necessary to influence sound budget and public policy decisions regarding urban sanitation and sewers, PHLUSH has organized a series of expert-led visits. On Wednesday, September 28th we have arranged a lunch hour visit to the Living Machine® at the Port of Portland in their new LEED Platinum headquarters designed...

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Local Sanitation Entrepreneur Invents Rainwater Restroom

July 14, 2011
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Local Sanitation Entrepreneur Invents Rainwater Restroom

Kyle Earlywine co-owner of Green Flush Technologies writes: They say necessity is the mother of invention but even common needs such as restroom access often lack innovation. For instance, flush toilets have been the norm in households and public restrooms for longer than most Americans can remember. Yet in remote or wilderness areas without...

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Swiss Economist Backs Us Up: Portlanders Pay too Much for Sanitation

June 5, 2011
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Writes Molly Danielsson, who, along with Mathew Lippincott, has received a stipend at Cewas in Switzerland.  Part of a group of entrepreneurs launching sanitation businesses, they are meeting and interviewing experts in the field.  Watch this space for reports of their discoveries. Mat and I had a chance to hear Isabel Guenther speak on...

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Talkin’ Sh*t in Europe

June 3, 2011
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Talkin’ Sh*t in Europe

Molly Danielsson writes from Europe: Last week Mat and I got to meet Thilo Panzerbieter of the German Toilet Organization. Thilo is a civil engineer who was working on installing ecological sanitation systems in the Zambia when he decided to focus his attention on advocating for sanitation work in his home country. Thilo's two...

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Ecological sanitation is dinner topic

May 22, 2011
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Ecological sanitation is dinner topic

Most of the thirty odd Portlanders who gathered for dinner at a private home in the Laurelhurst neighborhood had had the same experience. When they had suggested ways to make sanitation more sustainable, there were always some friends and family members who simply refused to discuss the matter. Taboos about human excreta run deep....

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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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