How PHLUSH Began

May 7, 2009
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How PHLUSH Began

For decades the lack of public restrooms had been a problem for business owners, employees, residents, and visitors in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown district.  Located at the heart of the city, this is the place where Portland began. It was home to the historic skid road of a timber-dominated economy driven by workers from...

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Washington DC activists look to PHLUSH Advocacy

April 28, 2009
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Today brings an interesting post on the lack of public restrooms in Washington DC by blogger Lynda Laughlin, a sociologist whose day job is a family demographer with the US Census Bureau.     Citing PHLUSH efforts in Portland, Laughlin says    Advocating for more public restrooms can be tricky. People are often too embarrassed...

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Documentary “People Can’t Wait” now available on line!

April 10, 2009
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Interviewed about the shortage of public restrooms in downtown Portland and the resulting  inconvenience, PHLUSH Co-Founder Tom Carrollo notes that “people can’t wait”.    This axiom provided the title of a short documentary on the Portland Loo, which premiered to a full house at the Hollywood Theater on Wednesday night.   People Can’t Wait from...

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PHLUSH honors Toilet Innovators, Hero and Champion

March 26, 2009
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PHLUSH honors Toilet Innovators, Hero and Champion

The people who’ve helped bring great public toilets to Portland’s Old Town Chinatown were honored at a lively and well-attended celebration at Orchid Salon on March 24th. After everyone had been welcomed by PHLUSH Co-Founder Tom Carrollo, Nancy Stovall, Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association Vice-Chair, presented a special PHLUSH Innovation Award recognizing the Portland Loo team...

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New Documentary “People Can’t Wait” features PHLUSH

March 24, 2009
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  A recent documentary on the innovative new Portland Loo features an interview with PHLUSH Co-Founder Tom Carrollo.  “People Can’t Wait” will be screened on  Wed, April 8 at 7pm the Hollywood Theatre. Tickets will be on sale at the door Old Town Chinatown-based filmmaker Travis Shields of ShieldsFilms produced the short as part of...

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Bill in Oregon Senate on access to toilets

March 24, 2009
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A bill introduced this month the Oregon Senate would ensure restroom access in commercial establishments to a select group of  people.   Senate Bill 706  would require that places of public accommodation allow customer access to employee toilet facilities if customer has certain medical conditions. It specifies exceptions and punishes violation of requirement by maximum fine...

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PHLUSH Awards Celebration on March 24th!

March 22, 2009
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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) will announce the PHLUSH Public Restroom Awards at a celebration on March 24.   The awards honor those whose efforts have increased public restroom availability in Portland.   The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Orchid Salon,  203 NW Second Ave.  Everyone is...

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Hillary Clinton visits public toilets at Mercy Corps site in Indonesia

February 21, 2009
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Hillary Clinton visits public toilets at Mercy Corps site in Indonesia

On Thursday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a public toilet complex in the Petojo residential area in central Jakarta near where Obama lived as a boy.  The best part of this is that Portland-based Mercy Corps is a part of this USAID-funded project. It’s great to see USAID finally using our tax...

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Urban Restroom Design

February 20, 2009
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Urban Restroom Design

This an appeal to urban planners to pay more attention to ways public restrooms enhance urban livability and to architects and engineers to rethink toilet design. Toilet availability plays a key role in urban livability. Planning for restrooms in public areas has not, however, received the attention it deserves and has resulted in a...

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Meeting at Floyd’s Coffee Shop

February 17, 2009
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Meeting at Floyd’s Coffee Shop

Here we are all learning to blog!

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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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