We need to talk. We have a big problem with toilet paper, and we’re not talking about the panic hoarding from this spring. When nature calls and you’re in nature, are you leaving your evidence behind?
According to Leave No Trace, proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, minimize the possibility of spreading disease and maximize the rate of decomposition. Being responsible in the outdoors isn’t just the sustainable thing to do, it is the polite thing too.
Bring the right stuff:
Backpacker Magazine reports that it takes regular toilet paper 1-3 years to decompose and regular wet wipes can take up to 100 years! So, while you think those 2 squares you just left might not be a big deal now, imagine what that area will look like after thousands do the same thing.
We recommend packing in a 1-ply, unscented, biodegradable toilet paper with you, and NEVER use wet wipes. Your best option is to air dry or check out pee towels from brands like Kula or Wander Woman Gear.
Pick a location:
Get at least 200 feet away from water sources or trails. If you are leaving waste behind, you must dig a cathole, 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter. When finished, fill the hole up and cover with twigs or leaves.
Pack it out
This might sound gross, but if you think about it, it is a lot less gross than seeing used TP on the trail. Simply fold the TP in half and place it in a zip lock until you get to a trash can. You will be surprised by how easy it really is. If you love the outdoors make sure you are doing your part to keep our wilderness beautiful for generations to come.