Introducing compostable dog poo bags!
These HOME COMPOSTABLE dog poo bags are from a cool little NZ company called Little Green Dog.
Here’s some information from their website:
What are they made from?
It’s a point of pride for us at Little Green Dog that we have nothing to hide with our 100% home compostable poop bags. They are made from 99.4% ‘compostable resin formula’ (mostly potato starch, cornstarch, and glycerin) and 0.6% water-based inks. Full transparency, and full good for the planet. That’s it.
What does ‘compostable’ mean exactly?
Little Green Dog bags are fully biodegradable, certified home-compostable, and made predominantly from plants — unlike the vast majority of the other options on the market, which claim to be environmentally friendly but are really (excuse the pun) full of crap.
Here’s a quick rundown of the three different standards of bag:
First, there’s plastic. Low-cost, $2-shop-type bags that clog our oceans and get lodged in dolphins’ blowholes. Don’t use these.
Next, there’s ‘biodegradable’ — or if they’re being sneaky (which they often are), just degradable. As it turns out, there are no strict rules or regulations on what constitutes a degradable bag, and even the plastic ones will eventually biodegrade after thousands of years, so they sort of count.
For most providers in New Zealand, ‘biodegradable’ means plastic with an added degradable agent. The agent breaks down in a few months, but it leaves behind millions of tiny bits of plastic (known as microplastics) that have a not-very-green habit of landing themselves in waterways and most definitely sh*tting on the environment.
Lastly, there’s compostable. This standard is classified a few different ways, so we’ll break it down as simply as possible.
The overarching New Zealand-recognised international standards are American ASTM6400 and European EN13432.
We’ve gone for the higher EN13432 standard for our bags, which is represented on our boxes by the DIN CERTO ‘seedling’ logo and the certification number underneath it.
EN13432 doesn’t distinguish between home and industrial compostability, though, so there’s a subset of EN13432 that’s certified in Europe by TUV Austria. Being home compost-certified is a much more difficult status to attain, as the product must break down in a more natural backyard compost setting.
Our poop bags are certified home-compostable, which means they usually require somewhere around 20°C to 30°C to break down, and they’re given a longer time period to do so (usually 90% degradation in 365 days).
• Certified Home Compostable
• Extra strong & extra thick
• Leak proof & large (32cm x 22cm)
• Plant-based and will not degrade into microplastics
• Home grown NZ business
Our packs currently come in two sizes; 60-bag packs and 120-bag packs