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Are Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags Actually ‘Biodegradable’? Sniffing Out the Truth

by | 19 June 2023

Raise the woof! If you’ve been on the hunt for the truth about biodegradable dog poop bags, you’ve come to the right place. Ever wondered, “Are biodegradable dog poop bags actually biodegradable?” Strap on your leash and let’s embark on a journey to separate fact from fiction!

Are Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags Actually Biodegradable?

Biodegradable Bags: A Poo-dunnit

“Biodegradable” sounds like a great term, right? It’s eco-friendly, green, and all about breaking down. But hold your hounds—there’s a little more to it than meets the nose. Biodegradable is a broad term used by marketers that translates to “will break down… at some point”. The catch is, this ‘at some point’ breakdown could take hundreds of years. That’s longer than the world’s oldest dog (31-year-old Bobi from Portugal, in case you were wondering) lived!

The Problem with Plastics

When it comes to plastic, the term ‘biodegradable’ is a misnomer. Yes, plastic does degrade over time, but it doesn’t ever truly vanish. Instead, it just fragments into millions of microscopic pieces, known as microplastics, which are about as beneficial to the environment as a chocolate fireguard.

Composting: The Top Dog

Contrast this with compostable materials, which must pass strict government testing to earn their stripes. To be classified as compostable, a material must completely break down into organic matter within a speedy 180 days. So, while all compostable items are biodegradable, not all biodegradable items are compostable. It’s a bit like saying all dogs are animals, but not all animals are dogs.

But you might want to consider more than just if a poop bag is truly eco-friendly when choosing what you take out on your next walk. Here is a full guide to everything, poop bags.

The Oh Crap Way

Here at Oh Crap, we only make compostable dog poop bags. They’re made from cornstarch and have passed the Aussie government’s stringent compostability tests. So, when you use an Oh Crap bag, you’re using a product that will truly degrade back to organic material. No mummified poop. No microplastics. Just nature doing its thing.


In the great poop bag debate, the evidence is clear. While biodegradable might sound good on paper (or plastic), it’s not always as it seems. Compostable dog poop bags, on the other hand, are the pick of the litter. They break down fast, leave no trace, and let you handle your dog’s business in an environmentally friendly way. Remember: when it comes to poop bags, be a good scout—always go for compostable!

<a href="" target="_self">Henry Reith</a>

Henry Reith

Henry is proud to be one of the crapologists at Oh Crap, and specialises in crap jokes & sharing paw-some content.

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