How long does it take for the bags to break degrade?
The decomposition time is 6 months in soil or compost, and about 2 years in water. During decomposition, the bag leaves no microplastics or toxins in nature, and degrades to 100%.
What are the poop bags made of?
Our plant-based poop bags are made from fermented starch from corn, as well as vegetable oils (sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and thistle oil). All raw materials are plant-based and 100% renewable.
Where do the raw materials come from?
The corn that the bags partly consist of is industrial maize that is grown on old used land that is not suitable for food production. The soil, on the other hand, works well for growing maize, an extremely fast-growing renewable resource that can grow up to six meters per year on very little water. The corn is neither genetically engineered nor sprayed.
What does the material consist of?
Our bag is included in the bioplastic category, as this is the common name. Fermented plant starch creates a plastic substitute called polylactic acid (PLA) and the one we use is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Biodegradable polymers do not share properties with traditional polymers, as these raw materials are biodegradable and are eaten up by microorganisms, whereby they are converted into carbon dioxide, water and biomass regardless of whether the material ends up in home compost, biofertilizer, soil or water.
What is the difference between plastic and bioplastic?
Almost all plastics today are made from fossil raw materials, ie crude oil. Bioplastics, on the other hand, are made from biological materials such as sugar cane, but sometimes also with a mixture of traditional or recycled plastic. That something is a bioplastic is not a guarantee that it is environmentally friendly or degradable.
Our bag is included in the bioplastic category, as this is the common name for polymeric materials. But it differs from many other bioplastics in that it is 100% degradable in 6 months, without leaving any microplastics, toxins or other residues behind.
How are the bags produced?
All raw materials for the poop bags are grown in the EU, and the poop bags are then manufactured in a factory in Estonia and are therefore transported by boat to Sweden. Our factory uses only renewable energy.
How should the poop bags be thrown away?
If you have access to your own compost, it is allowed to compost them at home. Keep in mind, however, that there may be risks with the spread of parasites or bacteria in dog poop, especially if the dog eats raw food as studies have shown that dogs that eat raw food excrete more antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their feces. It is therefore not recommended to compost them and then use the compost for manure for food for human consumption.
In other cases, the bags must be disposed of with combustible waste. Under no circumstances should the bags be thrown away or left in the wild, even though they are degradable.
What does compostable mean?
The term compostable means that the material can be composted. The European standard EN-13432 defines the properties that the finished product must have in order to be recycled organically. The fact that a product is compostable means that the material is biodegradable under composting conditions, decomposes completely during a single composting cycle, has no toxic effects or releases heavy metals above a given value in the compost and has no negative impact on the composting process itself. Our bags are certified for both industrial compost and home compost.
What certifications do the bags carry?
Degradable (EN-13432) (see above)
Home Composting (TÜV AUSTRIA OK Compost Home)
Degradable in soil (EN-17033: 2018)
The certification EN-17033: 2018 Degradability in soil includes three steps
Test for biodegradability in soil
Ecotoxicity, a measure of how toxic a substance is to animals and plants in different ecosystems
Test on heavy metals in soil during decomposition