FLUSH had our first in-person event in over 2 years on November 19, 2021 for World Toilet Day! Our event was a paint & sip that our friends at the Brooklyn Brainery hosted. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we had an intimate crowd of budding artists and toilet enthusiasts join us for the event. FLUSH had commissioned artist Rocky Charles to make us an incredible piece of art for us to try painting - a Looniverse! We also had author Lina Zeldovich join us and talk about her n
In November 2021, FLUSH's Founder was working in London (UK) and had the chance to visit the Crossness Pumping Station for a tour. The Crossness Engine Trusts team gave a fascinating tour and shared surprising details on London's sanitation story. This blog will get into the Crossness Pumping Station. But, first, we need to talk more about London's sewer history and its significance. Before London's Victoria Sewers London has been no stranger to sewers; the Roman Empire was f
This week, Care's Atlanta Global Innovation Hub invited FLUSH's Founder to speak during one of their Tuesday Talks with two other fantastic women about sanitation. The conversation covered topics such as sanitation's importance in the public and private spaces, the need for compassionate toilet designs, and private sector innovation. Listen/watch to the panel here.
It is the most wonderful time of the year! November 19th is World Toilet Day, and we hope you'll celebrate - either with us or others. This year, UN-Water has deemed the holiday's theme as: Who cares about toilets?? Did you know, nearly half the world’s population – 3.6 billion people – live without a safe toilet (UN-Water Fact Sheet)? Just like last year, there are many virtual World Toilet Day celebrations, though there is at least one in-person event too. Below we are shar
At FLUSH, we use the term “toilet tourism” a lot when we find fascinating toilets on our travels. So we thought it would be worthwhile to share what we mean by toilet tourism and how you, too, can help us find cool toilet tourist spots. An Australian-based research group called My Travel Research may have coined the term “toilet tourism” in 2017. That year, they established the International Toilet Tourism Awards, where people could nominate the most thoughtfully designed pub
FLUSH's intern and co-author Georgia Hales led the writing of a guest blog post about our recently published research on leadership diversity for sanitation. The post was shared on the New Security Beat by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program. Read the guest blog post here.
Last Thursday, we hosted a book club conversation with friends at The POOP Project and Rich Earth Institute about Jim Elser, Phil Haygarth’s new book Phosphorus: Past and Present. Our group had a lot of passionate feelings about this book, but not always of the good kind. Let's get into the elementals of Phosphorous. Book Precis This book was a science book that sequenced the story by following phosphorus through the cycle of life. The book describes what phosphorus does for
When thinking about diseases, infections, and viruses, we as humans often think of the worst pandemics in human history, like the Black Death, smallpox, or even COVID-19. While many of these diseases have a long and morbid history, other diseases caused by poor sanitation and water quality create more regular challenges. These types of diseases are not as well-known by the public and do not receive much media attention. This is because of (1) the low prevalence of these disea
As you saw in the previous blog post, FLUSH's Kim Worsham recently was in France on holiday! She spent time in France and the Dordogne region and took some fun pictures of toilets along her trip. We thought we'd share them in a light-hearted, not rigorous list of toilet highlights from her trip. For your enjoyment, we also put added superlatives, just because. 1) Best History: Beynac Castle (Dordogne) Images of Beynac Castle, the garderobe from outside, and the toilet room fr
This is the oldest toilet in Paris! FLUSH's Kim Worsham went to France for a holiday recently and found some French toilet history to share with you! The first toilet visit was the Tower of John the Fearless from the turn of the 15th century (in French, it's Tour Jean sans Peur, which we will be using in this blog). The tower is believed to house the oldest toilet in Paris currently! In this blog post, we'll share details about sanitation and hygiene in the Middle Ages, some
Checking out the toilets in a mansion for a sanitation advocate and pioneer in the US. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion team showed FLUSH's Kim Worsham around the mansion to check out their impressive preservation and, well, the toilets. Legrand Lockwood was a big name when modern sanitation movements became popular in the US. His mansion tells us a lot about what can happen when someone is really motivated to change the status quo for the sake of better living. We will walk you
It can be easy to forget the protections that protect people because they have become so ingrained in our society and have faded to the background. Also, many of these protections are hidden and become “out of sight out of mind”. One of these protections is sanitation, and the processes of taking feces and urine away from human contact are long and complex, but important. For many of us, we don’t even think about it - waste is just magically removed from our homes. The idea o
Mount Vernon Estate's Necessaries (left to right): entering the necessary, the multi-seat privy; the backdoor for emptying it out, the caskets underneath In honor of the Fourth of July this year, I traveled to DC. While there, I decided that the best way for FLUSH to commemorate the US’s independence was to look at the sanitation facilities that our key Founding Father, George Washington, used. For a day, we went to the Mount Vernon Estate to see their 18th-century toilets. W
Last Thursday, we hosted with friends at The POOP Project and Rich Earth Institute a book club conversation about Chelsea Wald’s new book Pipe Dreams. We had great breakout conversations with about 16 people from different backgrounds about the book. Book Precis As someone in the club described, Wald’s book is a CliffsNotes to the last 15 years of sanitation and related innovations and programs that is readable for anyone curious about toilets. Wald walks readers through a br