Why you should be using biodegradable bags in your camping toilet?

When we go camping, whether or not you are using a bucket toilet, chemical or simply doing your dirt in the ground, we need to keep it as environmentally friendly as possible. 

Using plastic bags to bury our waste carries untold negatives and bad effects for the environment and nature. A plastic bag will never break down, and if it ever does, it is not going to do any benefit to the surrounding earth. In fact, it will no doubt poison the soil over time, slowing down growth or blocking it all together. 

Plastic is a huge concern for people all around the world and has, in recent times, gathered a lot of momentum on social media. Mainly due to the terrifying videos made of landfills and clogged beaches, washed up whales filled with plastics has shocked the world, and caused action.

We now realize how much our waste can affect our local trails, forests and campsites. So, we must be more aware of what we are using ourselves. Manufacturers are using this to release environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable trash bags, which we can use in conjunction with our camping toilets.

After our waste is done in a bucket toilet or camping commode for example, we can then wrap up the eco-friendly bag and successfully bury it. Remember to bury it at least 10 meters away from any public trail with the correct sized cat hole. 

The beauty of this bag is the bag will break down naturally and cause no damage or negative effect to the surrounding nature and wildlife. This is what we want, as campers to leave the smallest footprint environmentally, as possible. This helps us to do so. 

If you’re curious to find out more about the bucket or commode style camping toilets, then check out the thorough reviews done by thetenthub.com which have an all in 1 guide on camping toilets and methods. They also have an article on ethical methods that can be used when disposing of waste on the trail. 

Chemical toilets work in a slightly different way by using chemicals to break down the waste and then they are generally emptied into a communal waste tank, where everyone using a chemical toilet can empty together. This is then collected by waste management trucks and disposed of by that county. 

However, if you are using plastic bags for any reason while out on your trip, whether it be for disposing of waste from foods or waste from toilets, you can utilize the various sizes of compostable bags, to set an example of how we should be moving forward together in an eco-manner. 

Again, check out thetenthub for guides and methods of camping with toilets, and we hope you can be inspired to use less plastic on your future trips. 

Foods for a Healthier Skin

You know that you are what you eat, but did you know that the health and beauty of your skin also rely on what you eat, day in and day out? Here then are our picks for the most beautifying foods to add to your diet. After all, a nutrient-rich diet means a healthier you…and what could be prettier than that?

Healthy Oils
Good-for-you fat is derived from olives and extra virgin olive oil. The key ingredient here is oleic acid, which keeps the outer portion of our skin cells supple. This allows nutrients to enter and waste to exit, says dermatologist Nicholas Perricone. “Without good fats,” he adds, “we wouldn’t be able to absorb the antioxidants found in fruits, grains, and vegetables.” Consider castor oil for eyelash growth as well.

Yummy Yogurt
Yogurt, a superfood, is vital for healthy skin. It’s rich in probiotics, a form of beneficial bacteria that can calm inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema. With so many options these days, staying away from sugary versions should be simple enough. Or sweeten plain yogurt with honey, another healthy food.

Chocolate Fix
The rumors are true: Dark chocolate can be as nutritious as it is delicious. Once again, skin-protecting antioxidants are the star nutrient; just make sure that it’s dark, which generally has higher levels of flavonol than milk or white chocolate. This delicious goodie is also said to increase skin hydration and reduce roughness.

Healthy Helpers
Tasty Tomatoes and Luscious Lemons Red, orange, and deep-yellow fruits and vegetables are abundant in carotenoids (cancer-fighting antioxidants). Lycopene (the carotenoid in tomatoes) is more easily absorbed by our bodies when it’s cooked so whip up a marinara sauce, pronto! And that squeeze of a tangy lemon offers protection from heart disease thanks to the antioxidant limonene.

Beautiful Berries
Not only are they delicious and juicy, but many berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, are also rich in anthocyanins, compounds that can help ward off UV damage. New berries — to Americans, anyway — are acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) from Brazil and goji (pronounced go-gee) berries from Tibet, which deliver a health boost due to their natural antioxidants.

Fabulous Fish
We need protein to maintain and repair the body, including the skin, at a cellular level. Experts emphasize adding wild salmon, sardines, and trout to our diet. “Salmon’s bright pink or deep red color owes its pigment to astaxanthin, an antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties,” says dermatologist Dr. Perricone.

The Spice of Life
Keep your spice rack front and center, as many of your kitchen staples (cinnamon, garlic) and some more exotic spices (turmeric, cumin) are far more nutritious than we ever imagined. For instance, turmeric, the spice that gives curry and mustard their yellow-orange color, is full of vitamin B6, minerals and antioxidant properties.

Honey: How Sweet It Is
Its sweetness and luxurious texture are what spring to mind when we think of honey. But did you know that honey possesses a formidable amount of antioxidants, along with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which should earn it a spot in your first-aid kit, too? While all honey is not created equal, there is one type, Active Manuka honey from New Zealand, a dark variety with a herbaceous flavor, that has earned high praise from researchers. When ingested — either in your tea or spread on toast — it helps stimulate the immune system and clear infections. Topically, the FDA recently approved a honey-based wound-healing product featuring — you guessed it — Manuka honey.

Drink Your Vitamins
Nothing compares with eating your fruits and vegetables, but vitamins and ingestible supplements are solid runners-up. Try these options:

N.V. Perricone, MD, Super Berry Powder with Acai, $50 for 30 servings: One scoop mixed with 6&nbap;ounces of water delivers the antioxidant and fatty acid benefits of acai, a potent berry from Brazil.

Borba Skin Balance Water in Clarifying Pomegranate, $3 per bottle: A calorie-, sugar- and sodium-free way to combat oily skin, thanks to pomegranate and skin-clearing active ingredients.

Dr. Brandt Anti-Oxidant Water Booster in Blueberry, $35 for 60 servings: One dropper-full, mixed into a cup of water, contains 90 percent polyphenols, the antioxidant found in green tea.



Hello and welcome to the weekly Beautiful You Link Up!

I cannot believe that this is the 24th linkup. When Beautiful You started, my hope was to give bloggers an opportunity to share what made them feel beautiful and connect with each other. I love to see all of your faces and outfits and hope to continue to grow this link up.

Last week ended up being an off week, because I was having a little trouble with my website in addition to having carpel tunnel surgery and dealing with recovery from that. I am glad we are back and I am glad you are here!