According to a recent survey, over 9.9 million people in the UK own at least one dog. If every dog wonder used plastic dog poop bags to pick up after their dog, even at a low estimate, that’s nearly 8 billion plastic poop bags going to landfill each year, where they’ll remain (or blow into our oceans) for thousands of years before breaking down into microplastics. But don’t worry, there’s a solution. Check out our compostable poop bags and find out why they’re the most eco-friendly poop bags on the market right now.
1. They use eco-friendly materials
Our eco poop bags for dogs are made from a special mix of starches, cellulose and vegetables which are totally plastic-free. The corn-starch and plant oils come from EU grown maize, so you don’t need to worry about the agriculture and land use for the crops needed for these bags either. Of the 7.8 million tonnes of maize that the EU grows, about 4.2 million (54%) is used for food products, 14% is used for the starch in paper and cardboard and only 1% becomes bioplastics. On top of this, there’s absolutely no palm or soya, virgin soil or deforestation involved with the making of our bags. There’s also no GMO DNA in the materials either.
2. They’re compostable
Our poop bags are certified EN12343 compostable. Achieving this certificate involves managing all the materials that go into our bags, even the ink! But what does this composting certification mean? Well, they’ll completely disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months when disposed of correctly with your council’s composting services.
Other final destinations
Some councils prefer to landfill or incinerate their pet waste instead of composting, but don’t worry, these bags are still much better for the environment than their nasty plastic alternatives. This is because they’re made from renewable resources rather than petroleum-based plastics, as well as being much less toxic to manufacture and break down. If they end up this way, at least the materials that are wasted are only a few years old rather than a few million years.
Also, if for any reason this compostable poop bag escapes into the environment, it’s not harmful. It will biodegrade, slowly, depending on how much oxygen is around, just like a twig does.
3. They’re extra strong and durable!
The truth is nobody likes a poo finger! If our bags were weaker, we know you’d need to double bag (using twice the amount of materials) or worse, resort back to plastic! We’ve listened to your feedback and adapted our designs, so you can be completely confident in our compostable poop bags and use as few resources as possible.
4. Their eco-friendly manufacturing
The factory our bags are made in is powered by 100% renewable energy. Coastal wind power provides all the energy for the factory, also charging the Hybrid vehicles that are already being phased in to replace ordinary company cars. The ultraviolet lamps we used to dry the water-based inks on our bags have been replaced with LED types, which has even led to a significant power reduction! The factory is also certified ‘zero emissions’ as it cleans and recirculates all of the water which is used in our bag production.
Our factory also reuses all its waste material. As you can imagine, when starting up machines and stopping a production run, lots of scrap can be produced. But don’t worry, none of this is wasted. Scraps are re-melted into granules, cleaned and blended back in at the start.
5. They’re made in Belgium
Our eco-friendly poop bags are made in one of the closest factories available to the UK, around 400 miles away in Belgium. With most bags (compostable or plastic) being created further away in places like China or India, they have large transportation footprints from fuel consumption and air pollution. By cutting down on these miles, you’re reducing the environmental impact of your furry friend.
As well as using less CO2 to reach you, they’re only a few days old with a full 12 to 18 months before the natural biodegradation starts to weaken then, compared to products that are at least a month old before they arrive. To look after them, they’re best kept in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.