Features January 2012 Issue

Environmentally Friendly Poop Bags

Dog poop presents the environmentalist with a real problem. We would hazard a guess that most of us do the worst possible thing: use a plastic bag to pick up poo, and then throw it in a garbage can, bound for a landfill somewhere.

The bags are 8 x 10 inches and thick enough to be quite sturdy. We’ve never broken one in the process of picking up or carrying poo.

Here is an environmentally responsible alternative: bags made of polyvinyl alcohol, which you use to pick up poop and dispose in a toilet. Flush Puppies feel and perform like plastic, but when immersed in water (as they would be if flushed down a toilet), they completely degrade into water and carbon dioxide in about four days. They are safe and approved in waste water treatment systems and septic tanks. Flush Puppies contain no petroleum products (like plastics), so if you are closer to a trash can than a toilet, you can feel better about disposing them instead of a plastic bag, which takes much longer to biodegrade.

We really like these large, sturdy bags – and so did all the dog-owning friends we gave them to as stocking stuffers! The only complaint we heard was that it was difficult to tie a knot in the bags. The maker actually advises against knotting the bags if you intend to flush them; the knot takes much longer to break down in water. We found that the bags contained poo odor sufficiently to finish our walks if we just twisted the neck of the bag and held it by the twisted section. We purchased from Amazon.com; retailers are listed on the Flush Puppies website.

Flush Puppies – 60 bags for $9

Pawesome Pet Products, LLC
Boca Raton, Florida
(855) 766-7224

Comments (2)

There are web sites that sell dog poop- pick up bags that are bio-degradable. You throw the feces and bag in your trash. These decompose in our landfills.

Posted by: Christine B | March 11, 2012 10:30 AM    Report this comment

We've felt conflicted about carrying these in our store, as the City of Portland feels strongly that pet poop can't be flushed for several reasons: the city's older system is already poorly equipped to handle additional volume, dog poop could have different pathogens that wouldn't be treated sufficiently to eliminate them, and that diseases that could be transmitted to humans via the water supply (like toxoplasmosis from cat feces)might still be present. We were very disappointed to hear their strong opposition to this idea, as it seemed the perfect solution to us before that. We intend to research this issue further of course, but thought I'd put it out there to you as a consideration when recommending flushable bags.
Green Dog Pet Supply
Portland OR

Posted by: cupcakesandkale | February 10, 2012 7:39 PM    Report this comment

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