This month, I want to focus on eco-friendly practices I can implement in my pet sitting/dog walking business as well as what you can do as a pet owner. My first order of business was finding the best way to dispose of dog doo. This was not as easy as it seemed.
Based on my research, the best option would be to compost in a commercial facility. Unfortunately, our town doesn’t have this option. Looking at the other choices, such as biodegradable bags, compostable bags, or flushing down the toilet, I found the best option is using biodegradable bags.
Unfortunately, the term “biodegradable” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Truth is, when it comes to dog waste bags, it’s not easy to be as “green” as we’d like to be. These bags won’t biodegrade while trapped in an anaerobic garbage tomb, but I feel this is still the best option for now.
Companies making the effort to produce waste bags that conform to standards for compostability/biodegradability are, in general, striving to be earth-friendly in all facets of the business. Using sustainable raw materials in a plant-based waste bag is still more eco-conscious than producing a traditional polymer bag.
After all of this research, I’ve decided to have the business use the BioBag brand. Hopefully in the near future, there will be more eco-friendly options, but for now, this is the best choice.
Gina LaMonica- owner C & G Pet Sitting