ReSEAcled Poo Bags (Loose Rolls)
Waste-based poo bags that reduce plastic pollution, cut carbon emissions and fight ocean plastic.
- The most eco-friendly poo bag if you don't home compost your dog's poop bags.
- Made from at least 50% recycled plastic and 20-25% bio-renewable oyster shell waste, certified by the Global Recycled Standard.
- Stop creating new waste by choosing poo bags that re-use it! As recommended by our sustainability experts, we’ve crafted our poo bags from waste instead of virgin materials in order to cut carbon emissions, reduce energy use, conserve scarce resources and minimise waste sent to landfill or incineration.
- Millions of tonnes of oyster shell waste is discarded yearly - we're putting it to better use. Oysters purify up to 50 gallons of water daily, removing pollutants and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This means oysters can have a net positive impact on the environment, in stark contrast to corn-starch or sugarcane, whose cultivation is highly industrialised, resource-intensive and can lead to deforestation.
- Guided by science, not market trends. Compostable and biodegradable poop bags don't reliably breakdown as claimed and can be just as bad, if not worse than normal plastic - especially if not disposed correctly, i.e. in compost (learn more below).
In addition to their recycled content, every bag stops one plastic bottle from entering our oceans.
For Life in Our Oceans
Each box stops 240 plastic bottles from entering our oceans through Pet Impact's partnership with Ocean Co. That's one bottle per bag!
Made of Recycled & Renewable Materials
Certified Plastic Negative
Earn Rewards for Bottles Collected
Low Carbon Footprint
Most Eco Friendly Pet Product 2023
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ReSEAcled Poo Bags (Loose Rolls)
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Guided by evidence. Not market trends.
The poo bag world is filled with greenwashing. We’re here to set the record straight.
Our Journey From Compostable to ReSEAcled Poo Bags
Like many eco-conscious pet owners, we started out believing that biodegradable poo bags were the eco-friendly solution to conventional poo bags. We thought they were made from plants and that they’d biodegrade regardless of where they ended up, leaving no trace... How wrong we were!
After a good year of research, speaking with plastic experts and sustainability consultants from The Rubbish Project, we discovered biodegradability doesn't guarantee 'eco-friendliness'. In fact, biodegradable plastic is just as problematic as normal plastic and may even create more problems than it wishes solve.
After we surveyed our customers we discovered that less than 5% of people were composting our compostable poo bags, meaning the majority went to landfill or incineration.
But then we discovered that landfill doesn't have the right conditions for their biodegradation (e.g. no oxygen), so our compostable poo bags wouldn't breakdown there, persisting for potentially hundreds of years, with the added problem of releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas! In this sense, they were probably worse than normal plastic in landfill.
In fact lots of research now shows that biodegradable and compostable plastic behaves like regular plastic in the real world, persisting for years before fragmenting into microplastics.
Then it got us thinking, if all poo bags are single-use and go straight to landfill or incineration, is it sustainable to use precious food crops and huge amounts of water, land, chemicals and GMOs to make them?
It turns out that 'plant-based' plastic has an extremely large environmental footprint, potentially larger than normal plastic and competes with human food production. What's more, these 'plant-based' poo bags still rely heavily on fossil fuels and are made with up to 80% PBAT, a biodegradable plastic made from petrochemicals!
We concluded that biodegradability is a myth (and is kind of pointless if most poo bags go to landfill or are burnt!). It was clear that what matters most is what they're made of and fossil fuels and food crops didn't sound sustainable to us (or our sustainability consultants).
So we decided it's time for change. We didn't want to keep producing new plastic that we knew would end up in landfill or incineration. Instead, we created our new ReSEAcled poo bags from waste that was already destined to go there! In this sense, we knew we wouldn't be adding any new waste to landfill/incineration and would help clean up existing plastic pollution.
Recycling plastic is also proven to use less energy and produce fewer carbon emissions than making plastic from virgin materials. It also avoids the many environmental problems with plant-based plastic, such as deforestation and competition with human food production.
Join us in The Poo Revolution as we continue to find sustainable solutions for dog poo disposal!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are these bags biodegradable and/or compostable?
But research shows that even 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' plastic does not biodegrade in the real world and contributes to microplastics. Nothing properly biodegrades in landfill either, which is sadly where most poo bags end up! Or they often go to incineration, rendering biodegradability irrelevant.
Nonetheless, since our bags are made from waste that was already destined to go to landfill, you're helping reduce the amount of new waste going there - nice one.
What can we improve on?
The bags use 25-30% virgin plastic.
We have experimented with 100% recycled content but unfortunately the strength and quality were compromised. We are working towards 100% recycled content in the future.
However, these current bags are still better than compostable/biodegradable bags that can include 50-80% virgin fossil fuel based plastic (PBAT) or non-recycled bags.
While not perfect, until we have the infrastructure to compost dog poo on a large scale and biodegradable poo bags that are genuinely made of sustainable materials, we believe these ReSEAcled Poo Bags are the least harmful option for our planet.
Where should these bags be disposed?
General waste at home or dog poo bins.
While they are technically recyclable, they cannot be recycled due to their contents!
Should I buy these if I compost my dog's poo?
No, if you compost your dog's poo you are better off without any poo bags or using certified home compostable poo bags.
How many bags in a roll or box?
There are 15 bags on a roll and 16 rolls in a box (240 bags in total).
How thick are these bags?
They are 15 microns thick.
Where are they made?
Whilst we appreciate the ambition to make products locally, sometimes this is not physically possible or can increase costs to an unacceptable level for our customers. In this instance, there is currently only 1 poo bag manufacturer in the UK and they were unable to make the bags to our specifications!
To help mitigate this impact, we ship our poo bags by sea and never fly anything in. We also always send a supplier questionnaire to our manufacturers before working with them to ensure they work in line with our environmental and social values.
Are oysters farmed to make these poo bags?
No, we only use oyster shell waste. Large amounts of these shells are thrown into landfill or back into the sea as a waste product of the aquaculture industry. We do not demand more oysters for farming but just use existing waste.
The Issues With Compostable and Biodegradable Poo Bags
- Whilst marketed as "plant-based", in reality, they still contain 50% to 80% fossil fuels (e.g. PBAT).
- We lack the infrastructure to collect and industrially compost dog poo and less than 5% of people compost at home. This means these bags go to landfill or incineration. In landfill, they do not breakdown properly and produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In incineration, they can produce more carcinogens than some types of normal plastic.
- These bags give people the false impression that they will quickly "break-down" in any natural environment. But many studies show that biodegradable and compostable plastic often fails to biodegrade in real world environments, remaining intact for years before fragmenting into microplastics.
- New research shows 60% of certified home compostable bags don't reliably biodegrade in home compost, fragmenting into microplastics that could contaminate food plants.
- There's a high level of customer confusion surrounding the terms biodegradable, degradable and compostable bags. Meaning the wrong bags may end up in the wrong place, where they will not breakdown.
- Some life cycle analyses indicate that plant-based plastic is the same, if not worse, than normal plastic, in terms of climate change, air pollution, ecotoxicity and energy use. This is mainly due to the industrial farming practices used to grow these crops, which undermines it's potential sustainability.
- Plant-based plastic currently relies on food crops so directly competes with human food production, land, and water security. These scarce resources should be used to feed people of the world who are already battling with starvation.
- Research suggests 'biodegradability' claims may increase the incidence of littering, with many thinking the bags will breakdown if left in the environment, which they don't.
Until we have sustainable compostable poo bags that reliably biodegrade and the infrastructure to actually compost them, we don't believe compostable (or biodegradable) poo bags can be considered 'eco-friendly'. This is in line with expert advice (as also discussed on BBC Radio 4 podcast 'Sliced Bread').
Did you know that recycled materials cost more than virgin materials? Despite this, we keep our poo bags competitively priced and try to absorb as much of this cost as possible. We also use a portion of profits to fund the collection and recycling of one plastic bottle per bag.
Why ReSEAcled Poo Bags?
- Reducing waste going to landfill & incineration: Instead of making new plastic from virgin materials, we re-use waste that was already destined for landfill and incineration, meaning less new waste is sent there.
- Smaller carbon footprint: Recycling plastic requires significantly less energy and produces significantly fewer carbon emissions during production.
- Sustainable renewable content with a social impact: Every year, millions of tonnes of oyster shell waste is thrown away. We're giving it a second life! Unlike plant-based plastic, oysters are widely considered sustainable as they're vastly less resource intensive, don't require GMOs and don't compete with human food production or contribute to deforestation. Processing the shells also provides a livelihood for local communities.
4. Reduces plastic pollution & supports communities most impacted by it: Our recycled content means less new plastic is produced. Additionally, through our Plastic Negative certification, we commit to funding the ethical removal of low value ocean-bound plastic. With ReSEAcled poo bags, you're not just disposing of waste responsibly; you're actively contributing to a movement that reduces plastic pollution at source and supports communities most impacted by it.
Why oyster shells?
- The shell of an oyster represents more than 70% of its total weight, meaning every year processing oysters for food leaves behind millions of tons of waste shell, most of which is historically landfilled. We're putting this waste stream to better use.
- Sustainability - Oyster farming is widely considered sustainable, due to their rapid growth and need for few resources. In fact they can actually have a net positive environmental impact due to their ability to clean the water of pollutants and sequester carbon dioxide.
- A responsible supply chain - Our oyster shells are mostly sourced from coastal areas in Asia. Working in the oyster trade is a full time occupation for many residents of the villages in the surrounding area. Like many local industries, individual households have the opportunity to make a living by providing a small part of the whole process. In this way, everyone has a way to earn money without one large entity controlling their employment. The ‘shucking’ is normally done by older female family members, but the industry involves the construction and renewal of the oyster bed infrastructure and preparing and transporting both the oyster meat and the shell. The requirements of the industry are diverse and it provides work for men and women of all ages.
- The calcite in the shells can be added to plastic to reduce its fossil fuel content, without compromising quality or functionality. The mining of limestone for Calcite is typically environmentally destructive but converting waste shells to calcite is comparatively simple and requires less energy. It is also quickly renewable.
Don't just take our word for it.
Our poo bags are certified by 'The Global Recycling Standard' meaning an independent party has inspected and assessed our factory to verify our claims and ensure responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production.
The World's First Plastic Negative Poo Bags
The World's First Plastic Negative Poo Bags
Cleaning our oceans, one poop at a time!
8 million pieces of plastic make its way into the ocean, every day.
Recycling and reducing are vital, but they're not enough.
To tackle the plastic crisis, we must incentivize the removal of existing hard-to-recycle, low value plastic waste from the environment.
ReSEAcled poo bags do just that, while supporting marginalised communities worst affected by the crisis.
Their unique Plastic Negative certification by rePurpose Global and partnership with Ocean Co., means that for every unit of plastic used in our poo bags, we remove five times that amount of plastic from nature, or the equivalent of one bottle's worth of plastic!
Join us in transforming a source of pollution into a force for good!
Part of the Poo Revolution!
A movement to empower dog owners with the truth & clarity around all things dog poo, and continuously push for the most sustainable & safest means of disposing our dogs' poo.