How We Work

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.
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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human

PHLUSH believes that toilet availability is a human right and that well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils. Here’s how we have put our commitment into practice since 2005 in the areas of Public Toilet Design and Equity and Emergency Toilet Systems.

PHLUSH in the News

Enacting Awareness: Water, Waste, and Public Space

By Phlush | May 26, 2015

With last Friday’s whimsical 5K walk, activists at the University of California at Santa Cruz focused attention on often-evaded issues. “Slugs to Sludge” was created as a playful way to raise awareness of sewage infrastructure and the water it requires, and to advocate for action on ecological sanitation at UCSC and beyond. With the average…

Global Homeless Day: Toilet Solutions from France for the USA

By Abigail Brown | May 5, 2015

“The restroom thus becomes a tool for figuring out just how a society functions – what it values, how it separates people from one another, and the kinds of trade-offs that come to be made,” says sociologist Harvey Moltoch. While we at PHLUSH believe in safe and accessible toilets for all people (families, children, those…

School Toilets are Key to Girls’ Education: Virtual Conference Nov 21

By Phlush | November 15, 2013

This guest blog post is from Murat Sahin from UNICEF for World Toilet Day 2013. Please check out our ToiletsUSA page for more info. Follow #ToiletsUSA, #LiftTheLid, and #CelebrateTheToilet. The theme of the second annual Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Virtual Conference to be held on 21 November 2013 (8:00-17:30 EDT) is WASH in Schools Empowers Girls’ Education.  Jointly…


From the Blog

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…

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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…

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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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