The Scoop on Poop
Sometimes it is so difficult to be “green.”
Ever since Pompeii (now renamed Pippa, for those who were wondering :) ) came, we’ve been struggling to find plastic bags to clean up her poop. Since we live in a condo, we don’t have a yard where we can let things…dry out…before getting rid of it. We had very few plastic bags in the house, as we use canvas and homemade bags for our shopping. We actually found ourselves asking for our groceries in bags just to collect a few for home.
The dog poops. A lot. And thinking of her poop being preserved for thousands of years in a plastic bag in a landfill really irked me. So I decided to search on the internet for biodegradable dog waste bags.
The problem with all of this is that it’s really difficult to know what’s green and what’s not. Biodegradable? Lots of companies make that claim, but they don’t all work quite the way they say they do. Last year (or was it the year before) we bought biodegradable garbage bags, and as a test, I left one in the garden out in the garden to see if it really did disintegrate over time.
Guess what? It didn’t.
I did some searching first and found both biodegradable and flushable bags online. Reviews stated the bags even started disintegrating in the rain! Probably not a great thing in the wet, but I thought it would be fine for most of the time.
But in the meantime, we needed something fast, so we headed out to Petsmart, who didn’t have any biodegradable bags. Target was next, and we found these:
The bags are made of cornstarch and allegedly 100% biodegradable. I say allegedly, because I didn’t have the time to check to see if that was true in practice. FWIW, I did stick a bag in a bowl of water to see what it would do and 4 days later it hadn’t changed composition one bit. Still, I figured cornstarch had to be better for the earth than plastic.
Finally though, the bags I ordered came in the mail!
They’re a little tacky, but I actually appreciate that because I know it’ll break down easily. It starts to break down in the toilet bowl right away, and the dog poop gets treated along with the human waste. Best of all, no plastic clogging up the landfill.
Now Pippa can be as green as her parents!