As the fight against climate change gets even more urgent, we need to think of how to be more sustainable. There are many ways that people are beginning to change their lives to live more consciously — from limiting the amount of meat in their diet to traveling more by public transport. Although it’s important for world leaders and industrial companies to make a stand to change the world, the little things that everyone can do add up to make an important difference. An example of the small, individual changes you can make is switching to using eco-friendly dog poop bags.
What is the problem with plastic poo bags?
Even though everyone worldwide is aware of the issues surrounding the use of plastic, dog owners are still using plastic bags to clean up after their dogs. This is mind-blowing as there are many more sustainable options out there. It is estimated that 500 million plastic poop bags are used annually throughout the world. This shocking statistic needs to change — awareness needs to be raised.
Plastic bags fill up landfills which damage wildlife and the habitats they live in. However, the issues around plastic litter are deeper than just obstructing animals and plants. Plastic bags break into microplastic – minuscule pieces of plastic — and this goes into the soil, decreasing its productivity and, therefore, the agriculture that depends on it. The repercussions of this are so great — which proves the necessity of switching away from the use of plastic.
Eco-friendly dog poo bags
Biodegradable dog poo bags are made with the addition of D2W. This compound speeds up the process of decomposition from 20 years to 2-5 years. They break down without leaving a trace of any toxic material or microplastic. Luckily, the addition of this material doesn’t make them any weaker. You may think that a bag that breaks down easier makes them less robust, but these bags are still able to hold the weight of your dog’s waste – no matter how large your dog is.
To dispose of dog poo bags is easy — put them in the waste bin. Do not put these down the toilet, as even bags that are labeled as ‘flushable’ are likely to clog up your water systems.
Compostable dog poo bags
Compostable dog poo bags are made from natural cornstarch transformed into polymers. This means that they are completely natural but strong enough to endure the weight of your dog’s waste. These are easily composted at home in a home compost. You can create this easily with a mixture of food waste and sawdust. By getting the right amount of oxygen, heat, and water, you will create a great fertilizer to use in your garden. The sawdust also helps to balance out the high nitrogen levels in your dog’s waste. This is a great way to turn unwanted matter into a useful garden enhancer.
What if you cannot make a home compost pile? We understand that in some situations, making a compost pile at home is not doable due to space restrictions or the nature of your garden. So, we advise that you put your compostable poo bags in the waste bag as usual. This ensures that there are no harmful, unnatural materials going into the landfill that your bin ultimately will be put into.
Do I need poo bags in rural areas?
If you live in a rural area, you are likely walking your dog amongst woodlands, farms, or fields. Unlike in cities, it is not illegal to leave your dog waste on the ground, but we still advise that you pick it up. This is because there are bacteria in your dog’s poop that can harm the wildlife around it. When rainfall washes over the area, the bacteria are distributed around and down into the soil, damaging wildlife in the field and aquatic life living in the water the rain runs into.
How can I carry my dog poop bags?
There’s nothing worse than going on a walk and being disrupted by the number of things you have to carry. You may still need to hold your phone, keys, and wallet, but with a dog poo bag dispenser, your dog can carry their own bags. This can be clipped onto your dog’s collar and stuffed with as many bags as you need for your walk. Fortunately, they are made from natural bamboo. So your dispenser is as eco-friendly as the dog poo bags it carries.
All in all, we’ve learned this year that we need to be environmentally conscious in every aspect of our lives – and this includes picking up after our dogs. Plastic pollution needs to stop, and luckily this is doable with the creation of eco-friendly dog poo bags. From those made with DW2 to fully natural compostable bags, the options are enough to make the eco switch easy. So, you can enjoy the walks with your pup guilt-free, knowing that you are not contributing to plastic pollution.