Did you know that there are over 70 million dogs in the United States? And each one creates up to 300 lbs of waste a year on average! It's the law to pick up after dogs to prevent pollution and water contamination, but many people use plastic bags to do this. These bags end up in landfills where they may never degrade, and the waste inside can't decompose naturally. With dog waste taking up about the same space in landfills as baby diapers, this is a problem.
Luckily, there's an easy solution: eco-friendly dog waste bags! There are many to choose from, but here are my suggestions:
- Biodegradable and certified compostable bags by BioBag, which are made from non-GMO corn and can degrade in 10 days when properly composted. You can create a special compost in your backyard for them, ask to add them to a community garden compost, or bury them about a foot under ground. If none of those options are possible, say you live in a big city like I do, throw them in the trash - they have a much better change at decomposing than plastic does. BioBags are widely available at pet stores and markets, and run about $5 for a box of 50.
- They are some great flushable dog waste bags available as well, and these may be an even better environmental choice, according to the EPA. Companies like FlushDoggy make water-soluble bags out of polyvinyl alcohol, which degrade in water. Pick up waste in the bag and flush the whole thing down the toilet, or empty it out in the toilet and flush the bag separately or toss the soiled bag in the trash. These type of bags are hard to find in stores, but are easily to buy online - FlushDoggy charges $20 for a pack of 100, so twice the price as BioBags.
Check out this video to learn more and see these bags in action, thanks to Evie! : )