Lucky Dog® Zero Plastic™ Brand Poop Bags

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does ASTM D6400 actually mean?

ASTM D6400 is a rating standard, administered by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), which certifies that products are compostable in an aerobic environment in municipal and industrial composting facilities.  In order to comply with the standard, material must:

  1. Disintegrate to the extent that it cannot be “readily distinguished from the finished product.”
  2. Biodegrade at a rate comparable to compostable materials.
  3. Cannot negatively affect the ability of compost to support plant growth.

That standard was to develop a consistent, simple way to identify compostability.

Do your Zero Plastic™ brand compostable poop bags meet the ASTM D6400 standard?

Our Zero Plastic™ brand compostable poop bags are compliant to ASTM 6400 standards. 

What is ASTM?

ASTM used to stand for American Society for Testing and Materials.  It evolved into ASTM International.

From the ASTM website:

“Organized in 1898, ASTM International is one of the world's largest international standards developing organizations. Defined and set by us, ASTM standards improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use - from the toy in a child's hand to the aircraft overhead. By understanding commercial needs and consumer priorities, we touch every part of everyday life - helping our world work better.”

Who is BPI?

BPI® is short for Biodegradable Products Institute. BPI® is an association that was established to provide testing, education and promotion of compostable products. BPI® ensures that any product that carries its logo meet the ASTM D6400 standard and specifications required to be compostable.

What is an aerobic vs. anaerobic environment?

An aerobic environment is characterized by the presence of free oxygen (O2) while an anaerobic environment lacks free oxygen but may contain atomic oxygen bound in compounds such as nitrate (NO3), nitrite (NO2), and sulfites (SO3).

Will your bags compost in a landfill?

Landfills are generally considered to be anaerobic environments.  In anaerobic environments, degradation of our bags will be dramatically reduced and possibly halted entirely. 

What happens if I leave my Zero Plastic™ brand poop bag on the sidewalk with pet waste in it?

First, you will be disliked by the next person who walks by and sees that full bag of dog poop.  Over time, the bag will degrade, until it is fully composted.  The pet waste, will then find its way into the ground water system, etc.  Please just put your used Zero Plastic™ brand poop bag in the garbage.

What does EN 13432 actually mean?

The criteria for the industrial compostability of packaging are set out in the European standard EN 13432. EN 13432 requires the compostable plastics to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after six months. That means that 90 percent or more of the plastic material will have been converted to CO2. The remaining share is converted into water and biomass – i.e. valuable compost. Materials and products complying with this standard can be certified and labelled accordingly.

Why pick up dog poop?

Golden rule applies here. Big time, ‘cause we’ve all had missteps that have left us hopping around on one foot at some point in our lives. Also, poop just stinks. Particularly when it’s allowed to get in waterways. In fact, dog poop contributes to roughly 30% of pollutants and bacteria found in the nation’s water, so sacking the stink is a wonderful way to be a great neighbor and steward of our environment.

Are your bags biodegradable?

Absolutely. More than that, they are compliant to ASTM D6400 and EN12342 for compostable bags. That means they will completely breakdown. Not only do they eliminate yet another instance of single-use plastics, they’re completely gone. While other ‘eco-friendly’ bags might break down eventually, if they aren't properly certified as compostable, they just break apart into smaller mirco plastic that cool, little critters may ingest.

Are your bags compostable?

Technically yes, the bags are compostable. But we suggest tossing the bag in the garbage. From there, the poop goes in one direction: away from you and into a protected place like a landfill. Landfills have almost no air inside them, so everything - from banana peels to poop bags - has trouble decomposing. But, that's the best place for the waste. Outside of a landfill, the bags will break down completely.

Do your bags expire?

They do, with a 12- to 18-month shelf life depending on the humidity of your region. Planning-wise, figuring on a squat per day and little more for overachieving, you’ll want roughly 40 bags per pet, per month. Better to be safe than sorry or to help out a fellow poop scooper in need.

Are they really leak proof?

Absolutely, with a durable construction you can trust. At a thickness of 17 microns, they’re thicker than comparable materials on the market—even at the seams.

They seem easier to open. Why?

Given they’re made from a vegetable based resin, there’s none of traditional plastic static cling, so you’ll find a welcomed, fast path to deployment. Speed’s the name of the game when a dog bomb drops, and our bags help you get it contained quickly.

What happens when these bags get put in a landfill?

Landfills are generally anaerobic environments, meaning there is limited (or zero) free oxygen. Oxygen is required for composting. Therefore, the bags will either not break down, or will break down much more slowly. Our primary concern is what happens to bags that are not properly disposed of. If they all got into a landfill, we would feel much better. In an environment where there is oxygen, our bags begin to breakdown immediately. 

What is the shelf life of Lucky Dog® Zero Plastic™ brand poop bags?

Generally, the bags will last for 12 months on shelf.  Over time, the bags will begin to break down and become “brittle”.  That mean they will start to behave like tissue paper and easily tear.  The hotter and wetter the environment, the faster the bags will begin to breakdown.

What is the primary vegetable used in Lucky Dog® Zero Plastic™ brand poop bags?

The vegetable material is corn.  Corn starch is one of the primary ingredients in the bag.