“Earth Friendly” Poop Bags not THAT “Eco-Friendly”



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I was at the H.H. Backer Total Expo this past weekend and stopped at the “Earth Rated” Poop bag table. At the previous years event “Earth Rated” were handing out their famous Green Dispenser and poop bags. I’ll admit I think I came home with between 4-6 of the holders and enough poop bags to last me a year! They were handing them out left & right as you walked in & out of the events 2 level entrances. I had hoped they were going to do that again this year, but they didn’t.
My friend Sue Wajvoda of “Keep’Em Kozy Pet Sitting” told the representative at the “Earth Rated” booth how that their bags are all she uses because they are biodegradable & help care for the environment. I proceeded to tell them I’m using their bags that I got from last years show. Then the representative proceeds to tell us the bags only biodegrade if in the correct type of landfill! I didn’t not write down the specific type of landfill it had to be in and I could not find this information on their website. REALLY!? We were shocked!! People really don’t know what type of landfills their garbage is going to. We just assume if the  company says it will biodegrade that it will.
Earth Rated poop bags Of course I checked their website http://earthrated.com . As expected they aren’t going to come out & say that their bags only biodegrade ina specific type of landfill! But I was kind of shocked how on their “About the Bags” part of their website they describe each of their products by hiding behind the words recycled core, and the bags uses, scent, and size of their bags referencing they are big enough to pick up Great Dane poop.  Nothing about what the bags are made of, or how long they take to biodegrade.  At the bottom of the page by their “compostable bags” (white with green lettering) there is a disclaimer

“While these bags meet all Canadian standards for being labelled biodegradable, some areas of the United States have different definitions of what is a biodegradable product. In bringing our bags to the United States, we’ve had to change our terminology, but our bags remain the same eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!”

Then followed the information on ONLY the “Compostable Bags”

What about compostable bags?

Compostable Bags

Corn-based, these PoopBags are for those scoopers who want to go green all the way!
Made of all natural ingredients with no enhancements to speed up the decomposition process.
While these cost a few pennies more, they‟re made of 100% renewable resources and dissolve in
approximately 40 days.
Our compostable bags meet the gold eco-certification standard ASTM D6400.

There wasn’t anything else about the other types of bags they sold. I really couldn’t find anything else on the website about what makes the bags earth friendly, what it takes for them to biodegrade, or how long it takes.

biodegradable poop bagsBack to the H.H. Backer Pet Trade show! Dishearted & still shocked by what we had just found out about “Earth Rated we proceeded to the Poopbags.com booth. Where we honestly armed with our new knowledge we were ready to hear the same crap.  However it was the opposite! http://www.poopbags.com Based in Chicago, IL  PoopBags has helped to reduce Carbon Paw Prints since 2003. We learned their bags really do biodegrade anywhere and quicker!

I suggest reading the “Biodegradable Facts” on PoopBags.com website! Because the REAL facts are all there! http://www.poopbags.com/biodegradable-facts/

Biodegradable Facts

Based on our ECO-Meter, 4 paw Poop Bags carried by PoopBags.com meet the ASTM D6400 specification for biodegradability and compostability 3 paw Poop Bags carried by PoopBags.com, meet at least 3 national standards (ASTM 1991, ASTM 5510, ASTM 5511, ASTM D5209-91, ASTM D5208, ASTM D5338.98, and ASTM D6954-04) for biodegradability.

First, let’s discuss the ramifications of dog waste and plastic:
– 4 million tons: It is estimated that dog owners do not collect over 4 million tons of dog waste annually.

– 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste: Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in contaminated waters.

– 4th highest generated waste: Plastics are the fourth highest generated waste in the U.S., originate from petroleum which is non-renewable, do not biodegrade, and take thousands of years to break down. Paper, yard trimmings, and food scraps are the top three generated. However, all of them come from renewable resources.

– Plastics are the least recycled with a 6.9% recovery rate. In 2006, the U.S. produced 29.5 million tons of plastic and only recycled 2.04 million tons.

Now, let’s get back to why you should use dog waste bags from PoopBags.com:
Various plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” – shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM specifications that PoopBags.com adhere to puts a kibosh on all of that. Basically, the specifications requires that the material is fully tested to ensure that it will degrade in a timely manner, and that no large plastic fragments should remain.

More than likely, the loose and light manufacturers’ bags do not meet biodegradable/compostable standards of any sort, and are just regular plastic bags. All in all, bag manufacturers – who claim their bags are biodegradable or compostable but do not meet the ASTM specifications – are misleading consumers and are acting negligently towards the environment.

California’s law, SB 1749, maintains that bags should meet the ASTM D6400 specification for compostable product claims. Several other states are also instituting policies like California. Our 4 paw rated bags proudly meet the ASTM D6400 standard, while our 3 paw rated bags meet several national ASTM certifications as well.

Additional Facts about 4 Paw Rated Bags:
– Made from a combination of corn, mater-bi, and other renewable products.

– Shelf stable life of 12 to 18 months.

– There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags degrade naturally when exposed to the earth’s elements and micro-organisms in the soil.

– “Breathe” – allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing odor.

– Will decompose in a commercial composting environment between 60 and 90 days after use. PoopBags.com strongly urges consumers not to place feces-filled bags into home composting systems or green bins as this could lead to E.coli contamination. Basically, dogs eat meat.

– Will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable to other naturally compostable materials, such as paper, leaves and food waste.

– If the poop bags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable/compostable materials in the same setting. If the landfill is anaerobic/locked, no biodegradable/compostable products will degrade – even banana peels.

Additional Facts about 3 Paw Rated Bags:

– Made from both post-consumer and post-industrial materials.

– Blended with a proprietary additive that allows them to disappear into the Earth naturally.

– Shelf stable life of two to five years.

– Does not require heat, light, oxygen, or mechanical stress to degrade.

– Once filled, if placed in a land field or thrown in the trash these bags will begin to degrade in as little as nine months, but up to five years.

What I also found that I liked about PoopBags was:

  1.  They are  based out of Chicago, IL & Made in the USA! Earth Rated is out of Canada.
  2.  FREE SHIPPING on orders of $20 or more.
  3. You can buy directly online.  Earth Rated does not sell direct online. You have to locate one of their retail distributors or online retailers to purchase them.  

Guess who’s bags I use now & who’s are going in the recycling! I just placed an order for their Eco-Eco bags!

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