Chickfly pants are created with high quality bamboo material from Canadian company Oratex’s Eco-Stretch line. As well as environmentally friendly yarn sources, their organic dyes have a high level of color fastness and reduce contamination of streams, lakes, and rivers.
Natural fibers do not contaminate the ocean with microplastics, which contribute to the death of large sea mammals like whales and dolphins.
You can feel great about wearing Chickfly pants. If you are a serious climate activist, scroll down to see the additional ecological benefits of responsible outdoor peeing: be a superhero!
Nature is Calling
We want to inspire you to urinate in the gardens of the world. Chickfly isn’t just about freedom and liberty. Chickfly is also about ecological sustainability.
Chickfly founder, Anna Birkás, has been working for the sustainable revolution since she was sixteen. She studied Environmental Ecology in college and earned a masters in Forest Hydrology. After becoming a General Engineering contractor, she created her first company, Village Ecosystems, focusing on Sustainable Water Design and Construction.
Anna works in the fields of water ecology to reduce climate change and prevent ecological collapse. One way to do that is social change: Chickfly is her movement.
We Ran the Numbers
A person can Save 6,388 gallons of water per year by going without 5 flushes/day.
That means, if we can inspire 1000 women to save three flushes a day, we will save 3,832,500 gallons per year.
According to the California Energy Commission 19% of California’s energy is used to treat and pump water. So when you turn on the tap, you are also turning on the power. Peeing less indoors saves energy.
Our urine contains significant levels of nitrogen, as well as phosphorus and potassium (typically an N-P-K ratio around 11 – 1 – 2.5, similar to commercial fertilizers). Americans produce about 90 million gallons of urine a day, containing about 7 million pounds of nitrogen. Studies conducted in Sweden (Sundberg, 1995; Drangert, 1997) show that an adult’s urine contains enough nutrients to fertilize 50-100% of the crops needed to feed one adult.
Urine is Gold
No, seriously, do you know where nitrogen fertilizer comes from now? We make it from natural gas that was likely fracked. To turn natural gas into fertilizer, we burn a bunch more fuel and energy (climate change alert).
Adding insult to environmental catastrophe, most of the urine that is flushed down the toilet ends up in rivers, lakes, and oceans where it causes eutrophication or algal blooms. Algae love the extra nutrients and they grow so fast that they use up the available oxygen in the water. Aquatic animals can’t breath and they die, resulting in dead zones.
A luxurious, healthy soil has a thick layer of organic matter. This carbon in leaves and twigs combines with phosphorus and nitrogen (bio-available in human urine) and creates a rich compost. Stepping outside the home to pee easily and painlessly fertilizes our gardens with nutrients. To plants, urine is gold. Peeing outside protects life and prevents climate change.
Do it High and Dry
When we pee in mulch, near plants, and don’t go in the same place multiple times in a row, we contribute to environmental sustainability. Don’t pee in ditches or near streams, lakes, or rivers. Pee on ground that is high and dry, not down low, unless specifically instructed to do otherwise by the Park Service.