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Pooch Paper is saving the Planet

Do you have a dog?

Wonder how long it takes for that poop bag to biodegrade? Like 500 years!

Well I had NO idea until I met Tracey who created Pooch Paper, the first biodegradable doggie pooper scooper. Tracey is slowly changing the world, one poop at a time. Yep I said it again.

Dive into our conversation about how she created Pooch Paper, where it’s being sold (like everywhere) and how she is expanding into dog parks and city parks with her Pooch Paper dispensers, all to help our landfills degrade faster.

Tracey is passionate about Pooch Paper and I just love her attitude.

More about Pooch Paper

Made in the USA, Pooch Paper is a recycled, non-chlorine bleached paper alternative to single-use plastic dog waste bags.

Our sheets are 100% biodegradable, 100% compostable and are manufactured using renewable energy. Our fluorochemical-free, oil and grease resistant coating is made naturally during the pulp drying process in order to ensure your doggie’s doodie remains inside the paper and not on your hand! Most manufactured products contain PFAS chemicals that are nearly impossible to break down; Pooch Paper is PFAS-free.

There are an estimated 22 billion pounds of doggie doodie dropped each year in the U.S. alone.

While not all dog parents pick up after their dogs, roughly ten million tons of dog waste and over 500 million plastic doggie bags end up in landfills each year.

Most doggie parents have become sensitive to the growing awareness around single-use plastics, and have begun to consider how dog waste bags play into this environmental concern. Some pet parents have chosen to “up cycle,” or reuse plastic bags that come from the grocery market, for example. Others use oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, which purport to be eco-friendly. The latest initiative to hit the dog waste bag market includes bioplastics.

While all of these efforts are one step closer to being eco-friendly, there still remains one common denominator across all of these categories: plastic.

Research suggests dog owners use more than 500 million single-use plastic bags for dog waste annually. Plastic is generally not biodegradable – it can take over 500 years to degrade, if it ever does. Some bags are manufactured as oxo-biodegradables, meaning that a formula called EPI is added during the manufacturing process to enable the plastic to break down quicker. However, oxo-biodegradables often do not fully disappear. Instead, they break down into millions of micro-plastic particles that enter the air we breathe, the water we drink and ultimately the food supply we consume.

Such micro-plastic particles may, among other things, carry toxic or carcinogenic chemicals used in making the plastic, or they can act as a carrier for pathogens and heavy metals.

Our planet and our pups are made to be loved!

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Written by Sarah Shaw

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