Our family has four dogs and we go for walks with them every day.  We try to go for walks when our two children (ages 10 and 12) are out of school because they also want to spend time with the dogs.  They love dogs, but when we tried to teach them how to clean up after their four legged friends they wished they were back in school.

 

We told them one day you will walk the dogs without us, so you have to learn how to clean up after them.  They found it gross to feel the poop through the thin plastic bag and sometimes it was just too soft making it impossible to pick up without a scooper of some sorts.

 

Our children asked us if the plastic would be recycled because that is what they learn in school.  This got me thinking there must be a better way, so that our children are not afraid to clean up after our dogs and we are not adding more and more plastic to our environment.

 

It took me quite a while to come up with a simple design which would be just as easy to bring along and our children would not have to touch the poop.  When we go for walks now our children can help us cleaning up after our dogs.  They are learning at a young age to be responsible dog owners.

 

Keep your hands clean and germ-free, keep our environment clean and reduce your plastic footprint.

 

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Biodegradable plastic bags – are handed out by dozens of major corporations – must be good, surely? They have a magic ingredient that means they self-destruct after a few months, breaking up into tiny pieces made of simple molecules that bugs and fungi can happily munch up.

But last week, the Plastics Recyclers Association warned that they “have the potential to do more harm to the environment than good.”

Technically what we are talking about here is “oxo-degradable” plastics. These are plastics made to degrade in the presence of oxygen and sunlight, thanks to the addition of tiny amounts of metals like cobalt, iron or manganese.

But the criticisms are twofold. First, some research suggests that the bags don’t degrade as well as claimed. And second, priming plastic bags for destruction is itself an ecological crime.

So, do they really biodegrade away to nothing?  Whether it actually happens seems to depend a lot on where the “biodegradable” plastic ends up. If it gets buried in a landfill it probably won’t degrade at all because there is no light or oxygen. But what about elsewhere?

Studies of one brand found that breakdown is very dependent on temperature and humidity. It goes slow in cold weather. And high humidity virtually stops the process, making long, wet winters sound like bad news.

You might think a compost heap full of biodegrading bugs would be ideal. But a recent study found that polyethylene containing manganese additive stops breaking down when put in compost, probably due to the influence of ammonia or other gases generated by microorganisms in the compost.

And, while most manufacturers say that they put only tiny amounts of metals into the plastic, the study found that one brand contained “very high levels of lead and cobalt”, raising questions about the toxicity of the leftovers.  This followed a ruling by an advertising industry watchdog, part of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, that makers should stop calling the bags “eco-friendly”.

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