Choosing the Most Eco-Friendly Dog Poop Bags for Your Pet
Yes, dog poop is organic waste, but how about the bag you wrapped it with?
Single-use plastics take up a great percentage of our global plastic waste. According to the statistics by Cleanup.org.au, out of Australia’s annual plastic consumption, Aussies use about one million tonnes of single-use plastic. Australia generates an estimated total of 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste yearly, which equates to 100 kg of plastic waste per individual.
A majority of these plastic wastes pile up in landfills. Some degrade sooner, others don’t break down nor decompose at all until hundreds of years later. By ‘sooner’, we mean 20 years like a traditional plastic bag’s life span. By ‘until hundreds of years later’, visualise a disposable diaper taking at least 500 years to fully degrade.
If reusing waste bags is out of the question, how do you handle dog poop then?
You segregate food scraps, fruit and vegetable peelings, paper and cardboard in a separate bag, non-biodegradable waste in another. Garbage collection day comes. Problem solved.
However, dog poop isn’t something that can be hoarded in a big, single bag for an entire week until bin collection day. It stinks, carries bacteria and might get other people and animals sick. Immediate and proper disposal is a must.
Disposable dog waste bags are pet owners’ next best friend during outdoor walks. The good thing is that eco-friendly dog waste bags are now available for grabs. But how do you know which dog poop bag is the best one to buy?
What Is the Most Environmentally Friendly Garbage and Dog Poop Bags?
With the world shifting to banning single-use plastics, eco-friendly waste bag options are the obviously better choices versus conventional single-use plastics. To know the right dog poop bag to purchase, it is important to check and understand the packaging labels and claims. Look for waste bags with specific claims and reputable certifications.
Technically, almost all types of material will biodegrade given enough time and under ideal conditions. Biodegradable-labelled waste bags can be misleading and vague without further context (i.e. length of time and favourable environmental conditions for biodegradation).
Furthermore, the most environmentally friendly garbage bag shouldn’t just be biodegradable. Certified compostable poop bags are significantly better than other ‘biodegradable’ products.
Compostable products biodegrade into earth-friendly materials without leaching harmful toxins throughout the process. In Australia, there are two standards for compostability – one for industrial and another for home compostability. Finding a dog poop bag that passed both standards is a top-tier choice!
So, which type of bag is more environmentally friendly now and why? It’s the compostable one.
Not only are they biodegradable, but compostable bags are also suited for those who practice waste composting. Composting your organic waste is a great help in reducing the waste sent to landfills. The compost you generate is also good for the environment and can be used as fertilizer for your garden.
Compostable bags are typically made up of plant-based materials. They are biodegradable, toxin-free and quicker to decompose versus traditional plastic bags. Therefore, wrapping dog poop with a compostable dog poop bag, whether for your own compost or disposal at composting facilities, is the ideal choice.
Are Biodegradable Bags Good For the Environment?
It depends. Some green waste bags that claim to be ‘biodegradable’ still might be made of synthetic plastic and break down into microplastics, which can pollute the environment. These are often labelled oxo-biodegradable plastic bags. They contain chemical additives that aid their breakdown process.
These bags fragment into tiny pieces known as microplastics, but they don’t decompose into the environment. Microplastics carry harmful contaminants and are too small to be retrieved for recycling. So, before you purchase a biodegradable-labelled brand, check what type of material they are made of. Make sure to check for reliable certifications and specific claims.
How Can We Save the Environment From Plastic Bags?
Ideally, ‘no bag’ is the best way to achieve zero-plastic garbage bag use. We can line our bins with a few layers of newspaper instead of using plastic. However, we are still a long way from shedding our dependence on using plastic. Wet waste products, medical and chemical wastes are some examples that need the durability and leak-proofing plastic offers.
For dog poop disposal, one of the most environment-friendly ways is composting. You can consider learning about the proper composting method appropriate for your backyard setup. You can also join your local community’s efforts in composting organic waste.
Furthermore, it helps to be more conscious of what and how you purchase. Opt for reusable bags and containers in your shopping errands. You can also bring your own green bags and buy produce without plastic wrappings. Or get those compostable packaging.
Bonnie Bio – Sustainable Compostable Packaging in Australia
Thinking where to shop for your compostable dog poop bags? Choose Bonnie Bio.
Bonnie Bio’s range of compostable waste bags is all certified and accredited with the Australian Standards for industrial and backyard compostability. Our compostable poop bags are both biodegradable and compostable, void of any harmful components during and after the degradation process. They are also green waste-friendly, able to decompose safely with other organic waste.
Bonnie Bio products offer the same durability and convenience as with traditional plastic counterparts. You are not settling for less. Shift to Bonnie Bio’s sustainable and eco-friendly compostable products today. Call us at (03) 9460 5655 for more details.