Oh shit! My dog just pooped. What should I use instead of plastic bags? Why put 100% biodegradable dog waste into a plastic bag that will take hundreds of years to photodegrade? Plastic bags are not the only way to pick up your little friends mess. Here are some green alternatives.
Pooper Scooper Rake
There are many different versions of the pooper scooper rake, but essentially it is a tool that helps you scoop up doggie droppings and place in the trash can. You even can buy a collapsible version which can be stuffed away in your eco-friendly bag after each use.
BioBag For Pets
- 100% compostable / 100% biodegradable (ASTM D6400-99 certified - the gold standard for compostable plastic)
- Decomposes in 10-45 days, leaving no harmful residues behind
- Made from cornstarch, vegetable oil & other renewable resources
- No polyethylene is used in its production
- Shelf-stable, safe to store at room temperatures
- GMO-FREE and Debio certified for use in organic growing
- Printed with soy-based inks and dyes
The best solution for disposal of pet waste has always been to separate it from the bag or paper and flush it down the toilet. Now you can. Using BioBag Dog Waste Bags in place of plastic bags makes sense: They are the first biodegradable and compostable pooper bag in the world. The waste and the bag can be thrown in your compost, where both items will decompose naturally.
Or, the waste and bag can be buried, where micro-organisms will quickly eat both; the waste and bag can be set at curbside with other yard waste where communities collect biodegradable waste for composting.
BioBags are a smart alternative to polyethylene/polypropylene based plastic bags. They’re designed to help people reduce the usage of new and recycled polyethylene-based plastic. Regular usage will help rid plastic bags from our environment. BioBags are made primarily from cornstarch and are certified to be 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. Regular plastic bags do not biodegrade – they photodegrade whereby the elements break them down into smaller and toxic bits.
Some manufacturers are blending additives to polyethylene to produce bags marketed as “biodegradable” or “degradable”; these merely accelerate the photodegredation process. By rapidly breaking plastic into tiny bits – it gets rid of the eyesore but the plastic remains! Of course these do not meet the ASTM D6400-99 standard for biodegradable and compostable plastic. The claim of biodegradability offered by these products is misleading and should be avoided since we believe they represent the worst possible alternative.
Remember, our goal is to help divert all naturally biodegradable waste from entering our landfills. This includes food waste, yard waste, paper waste and pet waste. If any of these items are placed in an anaerobic (air-locked) landfill, their natural ability to biodegrade can be severely diminished.