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Dog Poop Bags That Don't Cost The Earth
Earth Rated Poop Bags
A really great dog poop bag is a dog owner's second-best friend. Add a great bag dispenser, and life is good.
Friends without dogs roll their eyes when I start going on about how much I love Earth Rated's eco-friendly pet waste pick-up bags - and who could blame them? But I tell you, it is nothing short of remarkable, the way this little green plastic PoopBags unit has improved my quality of life.
Maybe a bit... But when you count on a long leisurely walks with your dog to restore a week-wearied spirit, having the right kind of poop-scooping equipment is absolutely vital to achieving peace of mind. Nothing kills the pleasant mood more quickly than having a cheap pet waste bag let you down, split, spill, and smear.
I'm not sure it's going to far to say PoopBags give you a little extra peace-of-mind, along with a good tough affordable eco-friendly pet waste bag you won't completely hate carrying until you can find a garbage can.
Earth Rated biodegradable PoopBags (with dispenser) are the best I've found - anywhere.
To begin with, these bags are extra-long (13 inches by 9 inches wide) so you don't accidentally touch anything nasty when doing a stoop to scoop. They are said to be big enough to hold the droppings of a Great Dane - well, I can't attest to that, firsthand, but they're certainly able to handle the output of a 100-lb hound with a healthy appetite and equally healthy digestive system.
The plastic is biodegradable, but it's neither flimsy nor stiff - just the right thickness for easy handling in a stiff breeze, and you can practically feel the quality of the material, especially in how easily each one tears off the roll along the perforated line, without taking a piece of the next bag with it. Even when I've picked up a few sticks along with the doo-doo, I've never yet had a nasty bag failure when using the Earth Rated PoopBags.
And one of the best things? They're lavendar-scented. Yes, I know, I had misgivings about the scent, too - I mean, Lavender and Number Two? But it works!
I don't know what genius came up with this idea, but she deserves a raise. It's not even an annoying or overwhelming perfume - it's fairly low-key and fresh, a rather pleasant aroma. Somehow, there's something about the lavender scent that actually works to mask the odor of ordure. (You know that nasty cloud that tends to surround the dog owner carrying a well-filled cheap dollar-store pet waste bag? You don't get that stink with the Earth Rated bags.)
So carrying the full bag until you get to a garbage can is not going to spoil your walk.
Especially as the smart dispenser lets you carry it hands free.
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I like to buy these Earth Rated bags in quantity, because I use them to pick up after the student dogs at the obedience training school as well as my own pooches, but they're available in packages of different numbers of rolls if you don't think you'll go through as many as I do. There is also a convenient compostable version, if your city has facilities for composting dog waste.
The compostable version is made of renewable corn-based materials and some kind of science magic, I believe. These ASTM D6400 certified bags break down at about the same rate as a tossed-out apple (approx. 45 day) in a municipal compost facility. (Home compost piles don't get hot enough to destroy all the pathogens in dog poop.) I've used a couple of rolls of this variety and they seem to be as tough as the regular green biodegradable bags, but I'm not wild about walking around with a doggie dump in a clear plastic bag - it's not much of a fashion statement on a public walking trail. If my community had a composting program, though, I'd probably make the switch.
Value pack! Thoughtful friends brought me this big box of 18 rolls the last time I kept their two dogs for a long weekend. At 15 bags per roll, that's 270 individual doggie-doo piles I can dispose of before needing to buy more of these excellent bags. Affordable!
You may also want to pick up an extra PoopBag dispenser - in fact, I'd advise it. My second one lives in the car, in case I rush out of the house without picking up the poop bag holder that I try to remember to keep on a hook by the door with the dogs' leashes. Both of mine have the little carabiner hook, because that's what was available at the time, but I think the adjustable velcro strap on this one would be very useful, especially if you like to carry your poop bags attached to the handle of an extensible leash instead of on a belt loop.
Anyone who hates to carry full doggie-doo bags - that is most of us, yes? - will appreciate the hook on the back of the dispenser to hold the full bags for you, so you don't have to carry it in your hands. I'm usually walking with two or more dogs, at least one of whom has to do his business when we're a good mile from the nearest dumpster, so that's a small practical detail that adds a lot to my enthusiasm for this unit.
Once you've tried Earth Rated's waste bags, I very much doubt you'd ever want to go back to a dollar-store brand, but if you ever did run out of the good green ones and have to make do with another kind - it's good to know any standard roll of pet waste bags will fit the . green Earth Rated bag dispenser
You'll also notice that it has internal posts to keep the roll spinning smoothly as it gets emptied out, and that the end screws on instead of snapping together, so it won't suddenly pop off.
It's all in the details.
No earth-shaking innovation here - just some smart thinking on a mundane item we use every day (several times a day). Taken all together, however, those small details add up to a product that smooths out a few annoyances in a dog owner's day, and leaves the earth a little bit better off, too.
Have you tried my favorite Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags yet?