As written in my previous post, Does a Dachshund Poo In the Woods?, I am a water quality specialist by trade and very passionate about the issue of dog poop.
One hot button issue for me is the biodegradable poop bag. I read a lot of articles touting their praises but I want to scream because there is so much misinformation out there.
First, let me say, I am a proponent of biodegradable bags. They are not a petroleum-based product and are made with renewable resources. Also, several companies that make biodegradable bags care about the environment operate in an environmentally-responsible way. That is all good for the environment in my book!
The biodegradable bag is not as sparkly as most would believe though.
Like it or not, the protection the environment has become mainstream. Companies want to capitalize on that. If they slap “earth friendly” or “biodegradable” on something it will appeal to environmentally conscious consumers and they will likely sell more bags at a higher cost (please note that may not all be due to corporate greed, some biodegradable bags DO cost more to manufacture than traditional plastic).
Manufactures will have you believe that biodegradable bags are better for the environment because they break down, or disintegrate, in the environment. This is unlike plastic bags which will remain for possibly hundreds of years.
The most accepted thing to do with your bagged dog poop (even among water quality specialists) is to throw it in the trash. Doing this keeps dog poop, and bacteria, out of our waterways. Ding….another point for the environment.
Here is where it all goes wrong.
Want to know how? Check out part 2.