The Scoop on Poop

April 03, 2011

We all know that plastic bags full of doggie or cat waste aren't what you want filling up our local landfill. 

At Pounce & Hound, we will be carrying BioBags! which are some of the best biogebradable, flushable bags out there. It's important to note that for lots of "biodegradeable" bags, if they are deprived of oxygen in a covered landfill, they don't breaks down quickly. Modern landfills isolate trash with liners rather than reintroducing it into the environment. Biodegradable bags can come in handy, though, for composting... but note in many places the bacteria from decaying dog waste can contaminate water. The resulting soil full of pathogens isn't exactly what you want to spread on your carrots. 

Dog waste, like human waste, should be treated as sewage and carefully discarded. It the bags are made of nontoxic materials, they reduce demand for petroleum-based plastic and may also provide the best option for cities that incinerate their garbage. Some bags offer a convenient way to drop poop in the toilet. Flushing a bag of poop may eliminate the excrement’s health risks and keep it our of landfills, but it also uses limited water resources. So, like many environmental decisions, the best option depends of where you live.

Below are some doggie bag waste options for you to choice from. If you think we should be carrying a flushable bag as well, let us know...

  • Flush Doggy - Biodegradable polyvinyle alcohol bag softens in the toilet and won’t clog pipes.
  • Perf Go Green Doggie– An additive in the recycled plastic converts it to materials found in nature after two years in landfill.
  • Gotta Go - Green FLUSHABLE Bags– They start to breakdown immediately upon touching water. The earth friendly bags are even safe enough to bury in the ground as they start to biodegrade almost instantly.

Adapted from "The Green Lowdown on Pet Wastes"






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