Earth Rated Compostable Poop Bags

overall rating:

2.26

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Yagmur Gungor
9/1/2021
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You might be aware of your carbon footprint, but are you aware of your dog’s carbon paw print? If you have a fluffy friend, you probably use around 15 to 20 plastic bags a week just to clean up your dog’s poop. How about you start using biodegradable poop bags?

You can find a variety of earth-friendly poop bags for your dog in the market, however, the composting process of the different products may differ fundamentally. While some products are suitable for home composting, many products in the market require facility composting. The downside with facility composting is that even though compostable products are becoming popular, the infrastructure of our global waste system hasn’t adapted to this sustainable shift yet. Therefore, you may experience an infrastructural issue with the facility composting since not all facilities accept pet waste or other plastics that are compostable. You can check in with your municipality to see if pet waste is accepted and if not, maybe this could be a local action that you can take to help our world become sustainable.

Earth Rated’s biodegradable poop bags are made from vegetable starches and are a great eco-friendly alternative to plastic poop bags. Even though Earth Rated’s compostable poop bags are better than plastic bags that harm our environment, I believe that the company needs to become more transparent on its supply chain and push efforts to adopt sustainable manufacturing and ethical working conditions.

Overall, the need to use facility compositing can make proper sustainable disposal of this product more difficult and less accessible, especially with the fact that pet waste compostability isn’t accessible enough in the US. I think that composting industry needs significant government monetary support for the facility composting infrastructure to improve and adapt to today’s products. At the end of the day, it’s meaningless if we produce compostable plastics and we just don’t and can’t compost. 

What it's made of:

2.8

Earth Rated’s eco-friendly light green-colored bags are BPI-certified compostable and are made from vegetable starches. They also meet both ASTM D6400 and EN13432 guidelines which allow them to be disposed of in a municipal composting facility that accepts pet waste. BPI stands for Biodegradable Products Institute and BPI Certification is a certification for compostable products. This certification is valid for three years and it is critical for ensuring that items have been properly tested, meet international standards, and can be identified as such by composters, municipalities, restaurants, consumers, and others engaged in the diversion of organic waste. ASTM D6400 is a specification by BPI that covers plastics and products made from plastics that are designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities. Last but not least, the European standard EN 13432 defines the minimum requirements packaging has to meet in order to be processed by industrial composting.

While these certifications ensure the product’s compostability, unfortunately not all composting facilities accept pet waste. If you’re a pet owner, you actually need to verify with your municipality for details in order to make sure that you can compost the bag. Composting involves decomposing organic materials by using worms and other organisms. To speed up the process, composting facilities add heat and oxygen. Food waste, leaves, and yard clippings are all great for composting. Plastic is not. Non-compostable poop bags won’t break down in a composting facility. Instead, they will contaminate the batch with plastic. Even with the right bag, though, not all municipalities are equipped to compost pet waste.

The packaging of the product is made from recycled materials and in each package there are 120 Bags on 8 Refill Rolls. Furthermore, these certified compostable bags are 20 microns thick so they can hold any size poop securely and are designed to block unpleasant smells. Earth Rated’s biodegradable poop bags offer a 100% Leak-Proof Guarantee; the product ensures that there is no chance that you’ll experience any dreaded poop-to-hand contact.

There are also lavender poop bags produced by Earth Rated and the company claims that the lavender scent accounts for 1% of the total make-up of its bags. Apparently, 62% of its lavender scent is naturally sourced from essential oils derived from fruits, plants and spices. However, the remaining 38% is a binding agent that helps the scent adhere to its bags. The company is not clear about the “binding agent” and the lavender scent may not be sustainably sourced given the lack of information.

How it's made:

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Unfortunately, the company doesn’t give any information on working conditions, the manufacturing process, or product distribution. Even though Earth Rated’s bags are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic poop bags, supply chain transparency is very crucial for a company to be sustainable. The company should make more efforts to become sustainable in many areas; an eco-friendly product idea alone isn’t enough because without knowing how the product is made it's hard to know if the positives outweigh the negatives.

In terms of product life cycle, the company recommends that consumers keep the certified compostable bags for no more than 12 months. Furthermore, it is also suggested that the product is stored in a dry and cool area because it’s made up of vegetable starches. To offer a product life length comparison, Earth Rated’s regular bags, which are non-compostable, can be stored one year longer compared to the certified compostable bags, up to 24 months.

Who makes it:

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Earth Rated is a Canadian company that was founded in 2009. Earth Rated is among the top choices for pet retailers, as the brand’s products can be found in over 40,000 stores and in 40+ countries around the world!

As a Canadian company, Earth Rated compiled a list with all the Canadian municipalities that accept dog poop in their bins to make information accessible for its customers. Unfortunately, it should be noted that industrial composting of pet waste is not widely available in the USA. For instance, only around 185 cities in the U.S. pick up food waste at the curb for composting, and fewer than half of those also accept compostable packaging. Some of that packaging can only be composted by an industrial composting facility. Due to the reasons like the challenge of trying to sort out regular plastic or the time length of compostable plastic to break down, unfortunately not all industrial composters accept compostable plastics.

From supporting shelters, rescues and service animal organizations with product donations as well as their annual “spread love” blanket campaign, to teaming up with their retailers participating in local fundraisers and adoption events, Earth Rated has several partnerships and campaigns for giving back to the community and environment.

Earth Rated also supports the Pakatakan Project through their partnership with SNAP Québec to help conserve Canada’s natural spaces and wildlife. They are committed to donating $50,000 each year. To give more statistical information, up until 2021, Earth Rated has helped 11,564 organizations; supported 9,162 events; donated 12,498 blankets and 13,782,910 poop bags.

Sources:

Earth Rated:

https://earthrated.com/

Biodegradable Products Institute:

https://www.bpiworld.org/

How and Where to Compost Dog Poop:

https://earthrated.com/en/blog/how-and-where-to-compost-dog-poop/