I noticed the last few seasons in Algonquin Park, the increase of "Wet wipes" tossed aside, in the bush around campsites. A type of Antibacterial cloth for hand and face cleansing. They are conveniently packaged in re-sealable plastic bags.
On my last trip out, I noticed on three sites(one on White Trout Lake, one on Burntroot Lake, and one on McIntosh Lake), the presence of these "Wipes" in the bush surrounding each campsite. In today's 'throw-away' society, I see these wipes becoming a problem in Algonquin Park. I do not know the degradability of the wipes, but the ones I have seen didn't look in any way to suffer the effects of exposure, like toilet paper does(breaks down visibly). My fear is that the growing popularity of the wipes, will make them a magnet for easy disposal in the bush, thus increasing the level of trash in the back-country. I can only wonder what it is like in the drive-in campgrounds around The Park, given the higher level of visiting populations, but then again, there are staff to clean-up after messy people. In the back-country there is not. I am also concerned that such products left lying around might affect wildlife or even attract wildlife, as some of the wipes are sold as 'scented'.
I can think of only two ideas at this point;
1. Make an awareness of the problem visible to the public, through the ABR web site.
2. Petition companies that manufacture these products to make them more "eco-friendly".
I am wondering if anyone else shares these concerns, and might have ideas to provide solutions to what I see as a potential growing problem.
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