Based on our ECO-Meter, 5 paw poop bags carried by The Original PoopBags meet the ASTM D6400 specification for biodegradability and compostability, 4 paw poop bags are USDA Certified made in whole or significant part of renewable resources, and 3 paw poop bags 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 12% recovery rate. In 2010, the U.S. produced 32 million tons of plastic and only recycled 3.8 million tons.
Now, let’s get back to why you should use dog waste bags from The Original PoopBags:
Various plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” – shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM specifications that The Original PoopBags 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.
More than likely many 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 5 paw rated bags proudly meet the ASTM D6400 standard, while our 4 and 3 paw rated bags meet several national ASTM certifications as well.
Additional Facts about 5 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 40 and 90 days after use.
- 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 4 Paw Rated Bags:
- Made from 38% biobased materials (natural ingredients such as corn and corn starch to make the bags more Earth friendly).
- Will break down in land fields; conditions such as sunlight and water will accelerate the degradation process.
- Shelf stable life of two to five years.
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.