Everyone these days is doing their part to be more green. We’ve found that a lot of the animal lovers are especially keen in making changes to be more eco-conscious with their pet products. Our review of Poop Bags is for all the dog owners out there who ever wondered if it’s worth the expense to buy biodegradable bags versus “recycling” the freebies from the supermarket (we’re not “quote crazy” at wht, it’s just that there’s not a whole lot of recycling going on when using plastic bags as makeshift poop trash bags).
About 2 years ago, the state of California legally required grocery stores to recycle plastic shopping bags. Some chains talked about getting rid of them completely, while others decided to charge a small fee to encourage shoppers to bring their own bags. Of course, this was the all the talk of NPR, as I listened, I thought to myself, “I do my part. I bring my own bags and I reuse the plastic ones I do get to pick up after my dogs”. Then the story continued about how it long it takes for these bags to decompose – estimates were anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years, – basically they just never go away.
Then I started thinking, I have three dogs, one of which I’ve had for over 13 years. I started doing the numbers in my head. Calculating for just my oldest dog, Adam, who I adopted in NYC in 1996, using/throwing away at least 2 bags a day, (hmm..times that by 365 = 730, times that by 11 – because I stopped using plastic two years ago) and it comes to 8,030 plastic bags! Adam is just ONE small (and mean) Jack Russell in this big plastic bag-using world and look at the damage he’s done. Contributing over 8,000 bags in his lifetime; they are probably still out there on some garbage barge floating around NJ! I wasn’t doing my part by “recycling” plastic bags; I was a part of the problem. This had to stop.
First I went to my local pet store and they had those blue bags, but they cost so much money. Plus the largest quantity you could buy in one package was only 50. With three dogs, that wasn’t going to work. I would be going back and fourth to the pet store all the time. Then I started doing some online research and that is where I found PoopBags.com!
The name alone is great, there’s certainly no question as to what they’re selling. The more I read about the company and its founder, Paul the more I knew I wanted to give them my business. Not only is their website humorous, especially Paul’s story about how he came about selling poop bags as a full time job (and the reactions he got from his friends and family). Additionally, PoopBags.com gives back to their community (they’re from the great city of Chicago) and they have a fun time with a product that’s really not that funny (we beg to differ – poop is always funny~wht).
On a more serious note, PoopBags.com is also very informative, for instance not all biodegradable bags are made the same. Poop Bags meet all of the highest specifications for biodegradable product claims. Their bags decompose in 60-90 days, roughly the same as an apple core. That sure is a lot better then 500-1,000 years!
Plus, their prices beat all the others and shipping is free! I’ve been buying from PoopBags.com for about 2 years and have never had any problems. They sell a great product, are super friendly and prompt. My shipment gets to me within a few days. I love this company! I buy in bulk (600 at a time but you can buy in smaller quantities) twice a year. My dogs have been holding up their heads higher knowing that they’re green, especially Adam! (That’s him in his snazzy bow-tie).
Thanks to the nice people at Poop Bags for sending some green hued Poop Bags for me to share with the pet owners of the wht review team.
Testers! Has this review encouraged you to make the permanent switch to biodegradable Poop Bags?
Readers – what’s the scoop? How do you handle pet poop?[ratings]