5 Things To Check When Choosing Eco-Friendly Dog Poop Bags

5 things to check when choosing eco-friendly dog poop bags

Updated on August 8. 2023

Not all dog poop bags are created equal. There are many differences between one and the other! If you want to buy eco-friendly dog ​​poop bags, you should pay attention to a few things before purchasing.

Ultimate Guide For Buying Eco-Friendly Poop Bags

  1. Beware of deceptive advertising.
  2. Look at the labels, including the components.
  3. Green packaging is not synonymous with "really" compostable.
  4. Look for biodegradability or compostability certification.
  5. Inform yourself before buying!

Some 'Biodegradable' Dog Poop Bags Contain Plastics

In general, most biodegradable bags are made of natural materials. However, did you know that some include petroleum derivatives

It does not mean that they do not degrade. Of course, they do. In fact, microorganisms are added that break down the plastic in the presence of oxygen.

However, the degradation process can take between 2 and 5 years, depending on the bag.


Give a Sh!t Dog Poop Bags are TÜV Austria Home Compostable Certified. 

The degradation process begins in just 90 days.

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Check Out The Labels When Choosing Eco-Friendly Dog Poop Bags

Biodegradability certifications for dog poop bags

More information: TÜV Austria

Not All Green Packaging Is Eco-Friendly!

Just as not every "light" product helps you lose weight (sorry!), not every product with green packaging is superb for the environment.

Read the labels following our chart above!

Become An Informed Buyer

Before you buy, do your research! Information is power, don't forget it. Don't trust the hype, trust the facts.

  1. Look at the labels.
  2. Find out about certifications.
  3. Find the best way to reduce the use of plastics at home.
  4. Compost dog poop.
  5. Be responsible and reduce your dog's carbon paw print!

Which Poo Bags Are Best?

For us, there is no question that the best dog poop bags are compostable. Why? Pay attention:

  1. They can be used to compost dog poop (separate from your regular compost).
  2. They do not contain plastics, not even a minimum percentage.
  3. Not only that, but they are 100% made with natural materials.
  4. They degrade in less than a year, according to ASTM D6400 standards.

Do Compostable Dog Poop Bags Have Any Disadvantages?

It's not a disadvantage, but something to be aware of. Compostable bags require certain conditions to degrade.

In the case of Give a Sh!t's compostable dog poop bags, they start to degrade within three months in a compost bin.

As you have seen, not all eco-friendly dog poop bags are the same. Now, you can choose the one you consider best for the environment. Remember: protecting the planet is in our hands.

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If you want to know more about eco-friendly dog poop bags, read our FAQ below.


What Is The Difference Between Biodegradable And Compostable?

The main difference that biodegradable refers to any material that can degrade in the environment, even if it contains petroleum derivatives and added microorganisms to accelerate its break down. Instead, compostable material contains only organic elements that break down and degrade in the environment.

What Is Better Compostable Or Biodegradable?

Compostable is better than biodegradable because it disintegrates more quickly and leaves no plastic residue, since compostable materials are 100% natural. Instead, biodegradable products may contain chemical plastics.

Is Biodegradable Plastic A Plastic?

Yes, it is. Biodegradable plastics are made from petroleum derivates, as conventional plastic bags. But they have chemicals added to break down more rapidly when exposed to light and oxygen.

Is Compostable Material Biodegradable?

Yes, compostable products are biodegradable. They break down and return to nature. Specifically, they do not leave any residue, unlike biodegradable but non-compostable materials. Therefore, compostable materiales can be used to generate hummus to feed plants.


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