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Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

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,…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Second Graders Tackle Sanitation Justice in Brooklyn, New York

This guest post from Amber Hickey, doctorate in Visual Studies and service-learning project faculty member for Service Learning Project, highlights the need to involve youth in sanitation advocacy. This past spring, 2nd graders at PS 298 in Brownsville, Brooklyn advocated for sanitation justice in their community. Participating in the youth-led Residency Program of the Service…

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Let’s Legalize Composting & UD toilets in US

Our friends at Recode have drafted model code for composting toilets with urine diversion (UD) and IAMPO is preparing to vote on it. This Portland-based group of scientists and policy advocates have made spectacular progress. Now Recode is calling on us to help make history. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to enable Recode’s Director to travel to California to address IAMPO officials. Details are in…

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GottaGo! campaigning for public toilets in Ottawa

This guest blog post is from Joan Kuyek of GottaGo!. The GottaGo! campaign in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, is advocating for a network of open clean, accessible public toilets and water fountains in key places in the region. Currently, the only public toilets in Ottawa are in recreation centres, libraries and large parks. When the programming…

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Do you Poop Sustainably? Alternative Toilets Save Water & ReCycle Waste

This guest blog post is from Atara Jaffe. Sustainability. From mainstream media to blogs, sustainability is not just a buzzword, but is frequently used as a term to embody practices related to survival. Everyone from homeowners to architects are incorporating “sustainability” tactics to slowly transform the way people think and live. While solar panels have popped…

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BioLoos helping meet needs of 600 million toilet-less Indians

This guest blog post is from Sanjay Banka. At PHLUSH, we’ve been tracking some of the cool new technologies in India. After noticing the social enterprise awards won by Banka BioLoo, we suggested they write for our readers. Mixing business with socio-environmental good is the way of life at India’s Banka BioLoo, a firm  pioneering bio-toilets….

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