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Are Dog Poop Bags Biodegradable? Sniffing Out the Truth

by | 3 August 2023

Hello to all the dog lovers and poop scoopers out there! We’ve been ‘fetching’ answers for all the ‘ruff’ questions you’ve thrown our way. Today, we’re ‘digging’ into one that might have you ‘howling’ with curiosity: Are dog poop bags biodegradable? Grab your leashes and fur-iends because we’re about to embark on a journey of poop-bag-discovery!

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Plastic Poop Bags

In the ‘dog-eat-dog’ world of marketing, not everything is as it seems. Let’s ‘paws’ to discuss the original, and sadly, still the most common type of dog poop bags: plastic ones. They’re just as welcome in nature as a cat at a dog party – and let’s face it, cats and dogs mix about as well as water and oil.

Despite their durability and widespread availability, plastic poop bags are a dogged environmental problem. They can take hundreds, if not thousands, of years to decompose. Yet, despite their longevity, they don’t ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ safely tucked away in landfills. Instead, these bags often ‘stray’ into our oceans, forests, and parks, posing a real ‘mutt-astrophy’ for our planet.

Biodegradable Bags: Are They the ‘Pawfect’ Solution?

Next, we have the so-called biodegradable poop bags. At first sniff, they seem like the perfect solution. But hold on to your leashes because these bags might not be the green option they’re ‘barked’ up to be.

Yes, ‘biodegradable’ means these bags will break down over time. However, as we’ve ‘dug up’ in previous posts, the term biodegradable can be as misleading as a squirrel running in circles. This ‘ruff’ reality is that biodegradable bags could still be made from plastic, and although they break down, they can still leave behind microplastics. These tiny particles are as harmful to the environment as their full-sized counterparts, getting into our waterways and food. In short, biodegradable dog poop bags can still be a ‘pup-set’ to our ecosystem.

According to Greenpeace, every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still in existence today. And some scientists argue that microplastics are even worse for the environment than plastic you can see. Why? Because at least if you can see the plastic, you can do something about it, whereas you can’t see microplastic, and that’s what is ending up inside all of us. 

Are Dog Poop Bags Biodegradable?

To answer the question, are dog poop bags biodegradable? Yes, if they are advertised as biodegradable, they are most likely ‘biodegradable’. However, they are not eco-friendly as they are most likely made from plastic. 

Compostable Bags: A ‘Paw-sitive’ Step for Dog Owners

Finally, we’ve got the top dogs of the poop bag world: compostable bags. These are the Rolls Royce of poop bags if you will. These bags are designed to decompose fully into organic matter within 180 days, leaving no trace behind.

These bags are certified compostable, which means they’ve passed stringent Aussie government tests. They ‘fetch’ the highest standards in eco-friendliness. 

It’s important to note all compostable bags are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable bags are compostable. Compostable bags get the ‘two paws up’ approval because they decompose into organic matter that’s harmless to the environment. 

At Oh Crap, we’re proud to be in the compostable camp. Our bags don’t just ‘roll over’ when it comes to being eco-friendly; they ‘jump’ through the highest hoops to help you reduce your carbon ‘paw-print’.

Conclusion: Clearing the ‘Air’: What’s the ‘Scoop’ on Biodegradable Poop Bags?

So, what’s the ‘tail-end’ of our journey through the world of dog poop bags? Are dog poop bags biodegradable? Well, ‘fur-tunately’, some are, but not all that glitters is gold in dog waste management. Just remember: biodegradable might still mean plastic and only compostable bags are truly earth-friendly.

With every poop bag you use, you’re making a choice. You can either be a part of the ‘pup-blem’ or the solution. Let’s work together to keep our parks clean and our planet green. After all, isn’t that something to ‘bark’ about? 

We hope we’ve given you some ‘pawsome’ insights today. Keep those tails wagging, and remember, with each bag you use, you’re ‘pup-holding’ our shared responsibility to Mother Earth. Now that’s a reason to ‘raise the ruff’!

Image by Fran • @thisisfranpatel from Pixabay

<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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