FETCH.IT compostable dog poop bags are strong and thick, with carry handles. The difference is that these bags break down within weeks, leaving no plastic waste behind. You can actually compost dog poop as long as it’s a separate bin, and not used to grow food for human consumption. If not, just bin them, and they will safely break down at landfill. Image: The Floral Fox.
These bags are extra large and split-proof and suitable for dogs of all sizes. A portion of proceeds from each sale goes to the charity Surfers Against Sewage, which organises volunteer beach cleans nationwide. The bags are available also without handles, or on a roll.
The company was founded after discovering that many ‘biodegradable poop bags’ from supermarkets take years to break down. So these bags are made from cornstarch that breaks down within weeks, into natural elements. It was also important that the packaging was also biodegradable. Store these bags away from sunlight or they will biodegrade. If you have issues with peeling the sticker off the roll, this handy video shows you how.
Order in bulk for free shipping (they also supply to any wholesaler, so ask your local shops) or sign up for loyalty points, to redeem against future orders. The company also supports various charities that help animals, children, trees and seas.
The company also sells portable bags that you can attach to your belt, to deposit poop bags in, say if you’re at the beach or out in the country, until you find a bin. You can 3 or 6 months supply of bags (the new mitts appear to have fragrance and honey, so just stick to the conventional bags). You can also buy compostable bags from The Green Poop Bag Co.
Councils Must Pick Up The Poop!
Park Spark Project (US) uses poop to power a park light.
Not picking up dog poop can lead to parasites that can harm other dogs, wildlife, livestock or children if they came into contact with it. Councils can help by installing more dog poop bins (some councils have biodegradable rolls of bags attached, in case people forget). This still works out cheaper, than sending staff out to pick up poop that has not been picked up.
No matter whose ‘fault it is’, it’s the council’s responsibility to pick up poop that’s been left, if on public land. You can report any litter at Fix My Street (these complaints are sent to the council, but also go public on the website, which tends to speed things up!)