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The Scoop on Poop (puppies)

If you're a cat owner, scroll down a little--there's a whole section on green poop disposal for felines.

If you're a pooch person, these numbers might make you want to shut your eyes and hide in the pink blankie too:
The average dogs poops 2 to 3 times a day.
If you pick up after him or her with a plastic bag, that works out to about 10, 220 bags PER DOG over a 14 year lifespan. And that's a conservative estimate because I only multiplied 14 years by 2 bags per day instead of 3!)
That a LOT of plastic ending up in landfills.
But there are options!

Lets start with something that looks and feels just like plastic:

I specify the kind of label because it turns out that "biodegradable" plastics aren't all created alike. For example there are certain kinds that are mixed with wood cellulose. What happens is the wood part degrades and the bag begins to flake. But the actual plastic flakes don't biodegrade! So what's the point?
Another thing to consider: some biodegradable plastics are meant to break down in the presence of sunlight and air--both of which are in extremely short supply in the average landfill.
Oxo-biodegradable bags are designed to break down into carbon dioxide and water within 24 months EVEN in a landfill. So that's good.
One kind that's readily available in Montreal is the brand Scoopies.

They were actually invented by Elizabeth Macleod, a Montrealer! But check with your local pet supplies store: there are more and more brands out on the market and with a little research, you'll find the one that fits your budget and needs best.
PRICE: 30 Scoopies for $3.99


These bags are made in Norway from corn components, and they're designed to be completely compostable. Which means that within 45 days, they break down into oragnic material that adds to the soil's fertility. Of course, if you're going to be composting pet waste, it's best done in a state run facility where internal organic activity forces temperatures high enough to kill harmful bugs like salmonella etc. You CAN compost pet waste in a backyard compost, but it's not recommended--and if you DO, don't use that compost on food crops.
PRICE: 50 Biobags for $6.99

But what if you can't afford (or don't want to spend on) green poop bags. After all, using plastic grocery bags is free, right?
You know what else is practically free and widely available AND GREEN?

Use several sheets together (I like to tear them and fold them in sets of 4 sheets so they're always ready to go when Lucie and I are). I've used them for ages and not once had a problem with leaks or messes.
And if you pick up old issues of the Metro or Hour or Mirror, it really IS free.
Plus, what a satisfying way to express how one feels about environmental politics!

So, what do you and your pets do to live greener? I'd love to see photos of your furry friends and hear tips and ideas. Email me at geeta.nadkarni@cbc.ca or simply leave a comment here on the blog!

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Arlene van Leeuwen


Thanks for making a styrofoam breakthrough in my neighbourhood! I am curious to know which of my stops it is! I will stroke them elaborately and hold them up as an example to the other grocery stores I frequent!!!

Posted June 9, 2008 07:02 PM

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