Public Toilet Advocacy
Toolkit

The Public Toilet Advocacy Toolkit is to strengthen
the capacity of citizen advocates and city officials to

Why Public Toilets?

Livable Communitites
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

Public toilets help us get out of cars and onto our feet, our bicycles and mass transit. We feel comfortable and welcome in places where it's easy to find public facilities.

Human Dignity
HUMAN DIGNITY

Our ability to respond to a universal biological need is a basic human right. And those of us who have medical issues or are older, younger or pregnant make more frequent toilet visits.

Health & Fitness
HEALTH AND FITNESS

Public toilets enable us to be physically active and enjoy new experiences when we’re away from home. Our mental well-being is enhanced when we’re out with families and friends and know there's a place "to go."

Citizen Advocacy

Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

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By Carol McCreary 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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

A Report from the Rich Earth Summit

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PHLUSH President Hayley Joyell Smith, currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia, reports on the Rich Earth Summit held at the University of…

Celebrating World Toilet Day with NYC Restrooms 4 All

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World Toilet Day brings toilet folks together. It’s a lively and thrilling time. Emails, messages, and greetings flying in every direction creating an ever denser network…

NYC Restrooms 4 All takes up the challenge

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We celebrate the launch of partner organization NYC Restrooms 4 All with a post by co-founder and Roosevelt Institute Fellow, Maeve Flaherty. If you’ve spent…

Community Hygiene Facilities

2019 List Human Right To Wash

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https:/soundcloud.com/circleofblue/speaking-of-water-looking-back-at-2018-ahead-to-2019/ Speaking of Water – Looking back at 2018, ahead to 2019. December 21, 2019. Circle of Blue senior reporter, Brett Walton, spoke with Heather Cooley of the Pacific Institute and Will Sarni of Water…

Community Hygiene Facilities List

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Urban Rest Stop (Seattle)This project of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) offers hygiene services in downtown Seattle (1924 Ninth Ave 206-332-0110 Mon-Fri 5:30am-9:30pm but closed Fridays 11am-2pm Sat-Sun 8am-3pm); Ballard (2014-B NW 57th St….


From the Blog

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…

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

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,…

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A Report from the Rich Earth Summit

PHLUSH President Hayley Joyell Smith, currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia, reports on the Rich Earth Summit held at the University of Michigan, November 7-8, 2019. She was among the experts – entrepreneurs, engineers, farmers, regulators, researchers and practitioners – who explored the theme “Policy, Regulation, and…

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