Can ecological sanitation help increase the supply of affordable housing?

By Phlush | December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

December 28, 2021   As the cost of housing skyrockets across the United States, we’ve been wondering about the potential of water reuse and low-water toilet technologies to augment the affordable housing supply. Now, housing advocates, local officials, and residents in rural Jefferson County, Washington, have asked PHLUSH to find out. If ecological sanitation technologies…

Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

By Phlush | May 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, and PHLUSH realizes that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and health can be improved with adequate access to restrooms. We are beginning to dive into the intersection of restroom advocacy and MHM — learn more by hearing our board President, Genevieve Schutzius, speak on the intersection of restroom access and MHM…

Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

By Phlush | April 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

No matter one’s position in life, the title of that old children’s book applies: “Everyone Poops.” From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature’s call is one we all must answer – sometimes more urgently than others! That’s why even The Queen City must admit that she’s ready to PHLUSH. Founded in the…

PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

By Genevieve Schutzius | November 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising rates of homelessness, and increases…

Correctional Facilities: Left Behind in Times of COVID-19

By Genevieve Schutzius | August 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Qianxue Zhang August 10, 2020 • 5 min read Photo courtesy: Emiliano Bar Table of Contents We’re all together in the face of this global pandemic. COVID-19 has worsened injustices in correctional facilities. People in jails are dying before their time. Remember to look back to see who has been left behind.   We’re…

Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

By Phlush | June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 and encourage social distancing, handwashing,…

Reversing Water Shut-Offs Helps Vulnerable Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Phlush | June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Aleia Maria Dela Cuadra June 11, 2020 • 5 min read Photo courtesy: uusc.org Table of Contents Reversing water shut-offs can promote handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Water shut-offs in Detroit show unequal access to water and environmental racism. This trend extends beyond Detroit, Michigan. Now more than ever, access to clean…

Sanitation, Hygiene, and the Global Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Phlush | April 9, 2020 | 1 Comment

By Rinnah Becker and Genevieve Schutzius April 19, 2020 • 13 min read Last updated: May 27, 2020 Table of Contents SARS-CoV-2 spreads through respiratory droplets. Advances are being made to track the spread of the virus. Handwashing and wearing cloth face coverings can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some communities can access water for…

There’s plenty of toilet paper in the US – so why are people hoarding it?

By Phlush | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

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 toilet paper in cities across…

The POOP Project is coming to Portland 2/22/2020!

By Phlush | February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

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, art, and education. The POOP…