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2010

New partnerships enabled us to broaden our mission to include research on ecological sanitation options suitable for adoption in urban areas. PHLUSH participated on a committee led by International Code Council to draft a Global Guideline for Practical Public Toilet Design.  A signage campaign entitled “Telling Visitors to Old Town Chinatown where to go” was implemented with funding from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.  We presented at the World Toilet Summit in Philadelphia on “Sanitation Policy Advocacy in Flush-and-Forget America.” We celebrated World Toilet Day with Portland city officials by opening a new Portland Loo. 2009 Local community fundraising enabled two PHLUSH Co-Founders to travel to Singapore following invitation from the World Toilet Organization to present the PHLUSH Public Restroom Design Principles. First PHLUSH Awards honored public restroom heroes. The new PHLUSH website and blog were launched. The Neighborhood Hospitality Campaign provided restroom locator cards and window signage to direct visitors to public restrooms. The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance admitted PHLUSH as its 128th partner.


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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