Nature Calls, a reusable, waterproof toilet paper dispenser for campers, was created by a group of four students at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Their assignment was to create something of social or economic value using a two-liter plastic bottle.

"We’ve all been in various situations where having dry toilet paper was important, so the idea came naturally to us," says Janet Molchanko, one of the designers.

To keep waste to a minimum, they designed the caddy to be reusable. Campers can easily swap in new rolls via the zippered plastic bag.

There’s a carabiner for attaching it to a backpack, or, if you’re really serious about creating a more civilized experience, for clipping it to a tree, turning it into a handy hanging dispenser.

Best of all, it’s got more storage space than any other similar product they could find. That’s good. You never want to run out.

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An Ingenious Toilet Paper Dispenser For Campers

The smallest touch of civilization, exactly where your camping trip needs it.

Unless you can get yourself onto a serious Survivorman wavelength, pooping in the woods is pretty miserable. I love hanging out around the fire; I don’t mind sleeping in a tent; I loathe trudging off into the woods to do my business armed only with a smushed, semi-damp roll of toilet paper. It’s the ultimate indignity. This concept at least mitigates some of that.

The waterproof toilet paper container and dispenser, cleverly named Nature Calls, was created by a group of students at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Their assignment was to create something of social or economic value using a two-liter plastic bottle. "We’ve all been in various situations where having dry toilet paper was important, so the idea came naturally to us," says Janet Molchanko, who designed the product, along with Amy Pon, Sarah Jensen and Morgan Smith. Using half of their bottle, a freezer bag, some reflective tape, and a bit of twine, the group made it a reality.

To keep waste to a minimum, they designed the caddy to be reusable. Campers can easily swap in new rolls via the zippered plastic bag. There’s a carabiner for attaching it to a backpack, or, if you’re really serious about creating a more civilized experience, for clipping it to a tree, turning it into a handy hanging dispenser. "We also added a small LED light for those nighttime trips!" Molchanko adds, which has to be the most enthusiastically anyone’s ever talked about that most perilous after-dark excursion.

The pouch offers some 2,000 square inches of toilet paper storage space--more than most existing products, the group found, which top out at around 800. That’s key. The only way that whole situation gets worse is when you run out.

[Hat tip: Knstrct]

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7 Comments

  • Joanmareeonline

    Great idea - the campground or rugged site can be a bit gruesome.  Think I will also add a little hanging antibacterial hand wash too!

  • Ryan C

    I Love the idea of re-using 'junk' to give them a new purpose and this is quite ingenious. how about the waste toilet role though?...

  • gg10

    Nice idea and nice design but I think it would have been more helpful to tell people how to make something like this out of their ziplock bags, metal rings and plastic containers rather than make a new plastic product.

  • Sr27

    Using water to clean yourself would be much more practical, environmentally friendly and all around cleaner experience.  

  • smokesalot

    try  uwing water in cold weather :) , in my opinion this device is genius!

  • Shredder

    Umm...all around cleaner experience for everyone camping upstream of the water you're cleaning yourself with.