Compostable vs Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags - The Shocking Reality

Compostable vs Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags - The Shocking Reality

Let’s Talk Poop.

Pet poop to be more specific. What do we do with it? What is socially acceptable? What happens to it once we bag it? How do we choose the right bags to dispose of the poop with? We have done all the research for you so keep reading to find out.

Here at Plant Power Pets, we want to bring to you the best products, sustainable products, ethical products, healthy products and so one of those products we are proud to align with is compostable poop bags by Compost-a-Pak.

Take a walk with me. We are strolling through a lovely park, the leaves are green and spring is in the air. The grass is perfectly manicured… just as we are smiling and drinking this day in we realise our fluffies have succumbed to their urge and there is a big pile of steaming, you know what. As responsible pet owner, we know the right thing to do just run and don’t look back is to collect the poop.

Once the poop has been bagged have you ever considered what happens next? Yes the obvious, take it to the nearest rubbish bin with little delay and thank goodness those hours spent in the pool holding your breath has finally paid off. Let's consider what type of bag you used to collect the poop, was it earth destroying plastic, biodegradable or compostable?

Not sure? Just got it in the bin?

Firstly, well done on picking the poop up in the first place. But we can do better. I want to share with you a little insight into the difference between biodegradable and compostable dog poop bags. Biodegradable and compostable might be words you have seen bandied around recently and refer to products replacing single-use, soul-destroying plastic bags.

BIODEGRADABLE by definition does not have a time limit on how long it will take to break down and when it does break down it disintegrates into millions of tiny particles that may float around the earth until the end of time. Biodegradable plastics do not fully decompose in landfill due to the necessary oxygen and sunlight required to break down the plastic being too low. Most likely we will still see biodegradable plastics in landfill well over 500 years from when they were dumped there.

On the other hand, we have COMPOSTABLE. Compostable means that a product can break down completely within 6 months with carbon dioxide, water and or inorganic compound through microbial activity. Exactly the same way that a plant in your backyard will break down if it is left to decompose. This makes compostable bags perfect for disposing of those steaming piles of...all while limiting our landfill footprint.

What's more impressive is that these bags compost down quicker than an avocado skin! Amazing!

Plant Power Pets is proud to bring to you Compost-a-Pak Poop Bags. We are excited about retailing Compost-a-Pak as they choose to make their products from GMO-free corn which is an annually renewable source and their liners are proven to significantly improve waste diversion in large council programs simply by making it so much more convenient to collect and transport organic waste. They also use minimal packaging around their product which we love!

So, you forgot to bring your compostable dog poop bags on this walk through the park? Well, that is a whole other article on how to pick up after your dog with a stick and some leaves...

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  • Chloe

    Aug 08, 2019


    Hi Plant Power Pets,

    Thank you for this valuable information in distinguishing the difference between biodegradable and compostable. I certainly learned a few new facts from this article. As much as I am usually a ‘pick up with a leaf and a couple of sticks’ kind of gal, I will definitely be investing in these baggies now that I know there is a sustainable choice. Thanks for providing another choice, being an advocate for Mother Nature & spreading the good word on sustainability in all aspects!

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