It may seem a little personal to talk about your dog’s poop, but take a minute to think about the number of plastic bags which are used for this purpose then end up in the landfill. If you are trying to think globally but act locally, consider this statistic. There are an estimated 900 million dogs in the world and almost 90 million dogs owned in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of poop and poop bags! As you can imagine, this presents a huge challenge for local communities and agencies trying to manage pet waste, but you can help contribute to the solution. Although there are many products on the market which claim to be biodegradable, or even compostable, it’s important to read the small print. Even if you find an environmentally friendly waste bag which is plant-based and not made of plastic, you still have to dispose of these correctly. Check out the cardboard poop scoopers, too. Do your homework on both the product and the process, then you can feel better about that next early morning walk with your dog.

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