Earth Day and the crisis you’ve never heard of

April 22, 2010
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Earth Day and the crisis you’ve never heard of

Earth Day got its start when Wisconsin Senator Nelson Gaylord called on US university students to organize Vietnam style demonstrations and teach-ins to bring attention to environmental degradation and push a new policy agenda.  It worked. …….. Grassroots organizing brought together 20 million Americans in Earth Day events that first year – 1970.   In 1990 Earth...

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PHLUSH News Updates

April 1, 2010
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PHLUSH News Updates

PHLUSH News Updates In like a lamb, March went out like a lion, leaving PHLUSHers with a number of new projects. World Water Day Celebration  Recode Oregon threw a great event at SEA Change Gallery on March 22   Great talk by Rep Ben Cannon who sponsored the gray water legislation in Salem. David...

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World Water Day: Celebrate Gray Water Reuse in Oregon

March 5, 2010
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World Water Day: Celebrate Gray Water Reuse in Oregon

Observed globally on March 22, World Water Day provides a speacial opportunity to celebrate gray water reuse in Oregon.   Thanks to the efforts of gray water champions in Salem like Rep. Ben Cannon and the folks at Recode Oregon, gray water reuse is now legal in our state. To celebrate this major step...

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Is Portland ready for urinals in recycling bins?

January 30, 2010
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Is Portland ready for urinals in recycling bins?

Although PHLUSH is willing to take on problems others don’t want to deal with, we’ve been pretty stymied by public urination.  Our neighborhood now has great 24/7 public toilets so we’re losing patience with the practice and hate the results. When the temperature drops, it’s embarrassing to walk over those frozen stripes across the...

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Passengers win two toilet access victories today

December 22, 2009
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Passengers win two toilet availability victories today In a singular move to accommodate transit riders, the Washington DC area Metro announced today that there will be restrooms at every station on the new Silver line.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/20/AR2009122002030.html   The American Restroom Association has long advocated for toilet availability for the capital’s extensive light rail system...

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World Toilet Summit 2009 presentations now online!

December 16, 2009
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We’re happy to see that all presentations from the World Toilet Summit on December 2-4 are now on line.  Here  they are  for Day 1,  Day 2 (includes our PHLUSH presentations), and Day 3. Since returning from Singapore, we’ve had to tackle the backload of work here and our reporting on the Summit has...

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What is ecosan?

December 10, 2009
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What is ecosan?

What is ecosan? According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosan Ecological sanitation, also known as ecosan or eco-san, is a sanitation process that uses human of blackwater and sometimes immediately eliminates fecal pathogens from any still present wastewater (urine) at the source. The objectives are to offer economically and ecologically sustainable and culturally acceptable systems that aim...

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Financing and Marketing Sanitation in Developing Nations

December 9, 2009
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Financing and Marketing Sanitation in Developing Nations

Financing and Marketing Sanitation in Developing Nations Meeting Demand.   Jon Lane of the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Coordinating Council introduced the World Sanitation Financing Facility.  Under the leadership of Arthur Wood, people in sanitation, social innovation, finance, commerce and the law are collaborating to make sanitation an economic activity.   WSFF is...

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Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI. So where’s the investment?

December 8, 2009
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Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI.  So where’s the investment?

Experts agree that sanitation brings high ROI.  So why isn’t there more investment? Experts at the World Toilet Summit in Singapore this week all agreed that sanitation pays off. The World Health Organisation alone has shown time and time again that a single dollar’s investment in sanitation brings anywhere from $3 to $34 return...

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Schools worldwide are getting kids to talk toilets.

December 7, 2009
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Schools worldwide are getting kids to talk toilets.

Schools worldwide are getting kids to talk toilets.   Although the Summit didn’t focus on educating kids about sanitation and toilet use in their schools, the importance programs in schools was salient.  It seems to be something everyone is doing.  And the messages flow from the school to home and community. Tan Puay Hoon...

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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.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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