What to Do With Doggie Doo

| 4/3/2008 12:05:39 PM

Tags: environment, Pets, Dogs, Poo, Doo, Poop, Waste,

Dog's FaceWhen taking a dog on a walk, pet owners are faced with an environmental conundrum: What do you do with your dog’s poo? Using a plastic bag and throwing it in the trash means covering an organic substance with inorganic material and sending it to the city dump. That seems unnecessarily environmentally destructive. So what to do? Utne Reader’s sister publication, Mother Earth News, has some tips on what to do with your pet’s dirty business. The article recommends burying the stuff at least 100 feet from any water sources. If that’s not possible, dog owners can also invest in some biodegradable doggy bags.

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4/15/2008 10:17:06 AM

I heard about some bags that you can flush in your toilet with the poo. I may try some and try to get off the plastic bag spiral.

4/11/2008 10:29:40 AM

It doesn't make sense to use a biodegradable bag or box that then gets thrown into a non-biodegradable bag at the park. So, in those instances, I agree with kimberly's suggestion of using Double Doody bags. http://www.joyatri.com

4/7/2008 4:50:58 PM

I am inundated with extra plastic and paper bags...even bread bags work for this trick: Wear the bag on your hand like a glove. Pick up the poop. Turn the bag inside out...hand never touches the poop. Tie the bag and deposit it in the trash. At home: wash hands just in case.

4/7/2008 1:00:51 PM

Don't buy more bags unless you're going to properly compost them! Join the Double Doody Bags revolution - when you go to your local market, hit up the "Bag Recycling" bin where you'll often find tons of perfectly good bags that people have tossed out! Use those when you take your pup on a walk. Or, you can grab a little shovel and just dump the poo in the toilet when you get home - and scrub off the shovel in your toilet with your toilet brush. Buying "biodegradable bags" that had to be independently produced is silly - extra production and going into the same landfill as everything else - unless you're going to compost it yourself! http://happyhealthyfit.com