Mission and Vision

Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems
restore health to our cities, our water and our soils.
PHLUSH in the Parade

To deny a person the ability to meet an essential biological need is an affront to human rights and personal dignity. Public restrooms are as essential to community well-being as sidewalks, traffic signals and street lighting.

Sanitation systems in the United States are vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change, including earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and sea level rise.

PHLUSH exists to ensure that human well-being and public health are maintained through equitable access to toilets/sanitation systems. We also aim to provide guidance for households and neighborhoods to be adequately prepared to manage sanitation in the wake of a disaster.


Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for sanitation disasters with appropriate ecological toilet systems.


Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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…


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…


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,…