Our Vision and Mission

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

Why PHLUSH Exists

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

Sanitation systems in the United States are vulnerable to disrupted climate systems - hurricanes, flooding, and sea level rise. What’s more, the Pacific Northwest is preparing for a Cascadia earthquake which is predicted to disable wastewater infrastructure for years.

Human well-being and public health depend on our ability to prepare with emergency toilet systems that households and neighborhoods can manage immediately after a disaster.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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


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…


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,…


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…