Portland celebrates World Toilet Day

November 22, 2010
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Portland celebrates World Toilet Day

November 19th brings Americans an opportunity to talk about and even have fun with an issue they rarely discuss in public – toilets.   As a member of the World Toilet Organization, PHLUSH took advantage of World Toilet Day to get the word out about the global situation, to celebrate the opening of a...

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Six ways to observe World Toilet Day

November 18, 2010
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Six ways to observe World Toilet Day

Here are some ideas for observing World Toilet Day: Watch “The World’s Toilet Crisis.”  The 44 minute Current TV documentary with Adam Yamguchi. is available on line.  http://current.com/shows/vanguard/92482205_the-worlds-toilet-crisis.htm Promote passage in the House of Sen Paul Simon Water for the World Act 2010 in during the lame duck session.  Excellent short video here. Earl...

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Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America

November 15, 2010
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Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America

Following on Singapore, PHLUSH was invited for the second year in a row to speak at the World Toilet Summit. This year the annual event was held for the first time in the US.  Convened in Philadelphia Oct 31-Nov 3, 2010, the Summit was jointly organized by the World Toilet Organization and the International...

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New signs tell Portland visitors where to go

October 14, 2010
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New signs tell Portland visitors where to go

New signs tell Portland visitors where to go Now appearing in neighborhood windows are blue and white signs that inform visitors of the location and hours of nearby public restrooms.  And cooperating Old Town Chinatown retailers are welcoming walk-ins postcards with this information rather than saying “We don’t have public restrooms.”With the opening of...

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Federal Public Restroom Requirements Initiative

September 30, 2010
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American Restroom Association’s Federal Public Restroom Requirements Initiative For presentation at ARA panel at the World Toilet Summit 10:00-11:15 am on Wed 3 Nov 2010 INTERNAL COORDINATION DRAFT of 13 Sept. – NO PUBLIC ABSTRACT REQUIRED The lack of publicly available restrooms in the United States is a problem that can be traced to...

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It’s high time for 21st century design.

July 22, 2010
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Why are we still are building public restroom facilities designed for mid 20th century families rather than for the dynamic twenty-first century global society in which we now live?    A rethink of public restroom design would solve the dilemma that Lisa A. Fram outlines in  Men? Women? Parents Face Public Bathroom Dilemma: How...

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Journalists breaking the pee and poop barrier

June 11, 2010
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Several solid pieces of journalism  have burst on the scene recently and threaten to break through our society’s prevailing “flush and forget” mind set “A Fecal Matter” The cover story in the June 2nd Willamette Week takes on Portland’s sewers.  Pulitizer-prize winning Nigel Jaquiss looks at the city’s groaning infrastructure, salutes the engineer-heros in...

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PHLUSH News Updates

May 10, 2010
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PHLUSH has received a small grant from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. We will be able to meet requests for Restroom Location signs and postcards thanks to a City of Portland BPS grant.    We are now waiting for the check, which will be issued by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.   Lan...

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Fashion Buddha showers creativity on PHLUSH

April 27, 2010
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Fashion Buddha showers creativity on PHLUSH

What a surprise !   Talk about great neighbors! Fashion Buddha has just sent this fabulous new stop motion PHLUSH PSA !!!!    It was received by PHLUSH Co-Founder Lan Nguyen on the day of a special PHLUSH event. Orchid Salon, across the street from the generous band of creatives in the historic Merchant Hotel,...

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Earth Day and the crisis you’ve never heard of

April 22, 2010
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Earth Day and the crisis you’ve never heard of

Earth Day got its start when Wisconsin Senator Nelson Gaylord called on US university students to organize Vietnam style demonstrations and teach-ins to bring attention to environmental degradation and push a new policy agenda.  It worked. …….. Grassroots organizing brought together 20 million Americans in Earth Day events that first year – 1970.   In 1990 Earth...

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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.

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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