Restop waste bags support the ‘Leave No Trace’ movement. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that aims to protect the outdoors by spreading awareness and education. It offers four guidelines for the proper disposal of human waste in the backcountry:
- Minimize water contamination
- Minimize social and aesthetic impact
- Minimize the spread of disease
- Minimize decomposition
For a long time, people thought that urinating or defecating anywhere in the backcountry or even on the side of the road was harmless, especially since the land or road is isolated and there’s no one else in sight. We also assumed that since wildlife pee and poop anywhere, it’s nature’s way and therefore, acceptable for us to do it too.
Toilets and indoor plumbing are more than just modern conveniences. Decades worth of studies reveals that there are severe impacts on the environment when humans dispose of their waste improperly. If you relieve yourself near a water source, your urine could contaminate the water. If you leave your feces exposed outdoors, it could spread bacterial and viral infections.
Holding in your urine for an extended time exposes your body to harmful bacteria, increasing your chances of getting a bladder infection or a urinary tract infection. Ignoring the urgency to poop can escalate to bloating, gas, and ultimately, constipation. There’s also the risk of impaction (when your stool gets backed up in your intestines), causing a blockage that is painful to push out. Rather than torture yourself emotionally and physically, why not use a WAG bag?
Where Can I Buy Portable Waste Bags?
Restop offers a line of waste bags and waste kits made for anyone who finds themselves in situations where they are hours away from the nearest restroom.
For liquid waste, theRS1 contains super absorbent polymers and enzymes that will absorb a full 20 ounces of urine and eliminate the odor. The RS1’s wide opening has a semi-rigid rim which allows for ease-of-use by both men and women. The one-way valve prevents spillage should the used bag be accidentally dropped.
For solid waste, the RS2 uses a patented gas-impervious “bag within a bag” design to safely contain and neutralize human waste. The same polymers and enzymes used in the RS1 are inside that breakdown waste and eliminates odors.
Ample toilet paper and a moist antimicrobial wipe are also included in all Restop waste bag systems. Making them easy and convenient to use regardless of location.