DOG POOP: THE SMELLY FACTS

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DOG POOP

Every dog poops. And, cleaning up after our canines is a hugely important responsibility. It might be a crappy job, but there are plenty of good reasons to do it.

-In the US alone, dogs collectively deposit about 30,000 tons of poop every day.

-Unlike cow poop, dog poop does not make good fertilizer. In fact, it’s completely toxic to lawns.

-Dog poop can carry a bunch of nasty bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Giardia, and Parvovirus

-The EPA classifies dog waste as non-point source pollution, along with herbicides and insecticides, oil, grease, and toxic chemicals.

-Because dog poo can do so much damage, many cities have adopted excrement ordinances. In Chicago, fines range between $50 and $500 for failing to pick up the poo.

Need we say more? Yes, keep going? Ok, but it gets worse…

HUMAN THREAT

Did you know that uncollected dog poop regularly pollutes air and water sources? A University of Colorado study found that the air in Detroit and Cleveland contains high amounts of bacteria from dog feces. This poses a huge threat for urban populations, because dog poop bacteria can cause and contribute to human illnesses such as asthma and seasonal allergies. That’s right, leaving your pup’s poop behind could actually make someone sick.

And that’s not all. Several counties across the country have reported high amounts of dog poop bacteria counts in their water sources. It turns out that un-scooped dog feces can easily wash into creeks and rivers from lawns and parks. Just imagine all that Salmonella, E.Coli, and Giardia swimming around in your water.

Fortunately, most of these threats can be easily avoided by picking up after your pup. Unfortunately, if you’re scooping with a typical plastic poop bag, you could be opening a whole other can of poop.

Seriously, there’s even more. Get comfortable…

THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC

The average dog* will deposit approximately 15,000 pounds of poo in its lifetime. By weight, that equates to about four Toyota Corollas worth of crap. Moreover, picking up each of those poops will require roughly 14,600 plastic bags. To put that number into perspective, think of it this way: if you laid each of those 14,600 bags side by side, they would stretch out over a 3.3-square mile area. Now, imagine if all that plastic didn’t ever biodegrade…

And you thought 15,000 pounds of poo was heavy.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this poopy predicament. Pooch Pick-Up bags by Kyjen are made with Symphony’s d2w® plastic. They contain an additive that allows them to completely dissolve in open air in as little as 12 months. When compared to typical plastic bags, which essentially never biodegrade, Pooch Pick-Up Bags provide pet parents with a cleaner, greener alternative.

*This figure is based on the size, weight, and metabolism of an average Labrador. Actual amounts may vary.

CLEAN UP WITH A CLEAN CONSCIENCE

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Over the years plastic has gotten bad rap—and with good reason. More than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die every year from ingesting or getting tangled up in the stuff. And, for what? So we can save a few pennies on cheap plastic? We believe that this fact is ridiculous. And, we believe in cleaning up with a clean conscience. That’s why we make our Pooch-Pick-Up® bags with Symphony d2w® plastic. They’re just as durable as your typical plastic bag, but without all the “baggage.” Symphony’s controlled-life plastic technology allows our Pooch-Pick-Up bags to dissolve in open air in as little as twelve months, which means they won’t end up becoming a permanent piece of litter. You can’t put a price on that kind of peace of mind; but at pennies on the poop, these bags are affordable enough for daily use.

Until our pups can pick up after themselves, it looks as though we’re stuck with this most undesirable “doody.” If you’re going to pick up dog poop (and you should), choose a bag that won’t make a mess of the planet.

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