Being a 54-year-old male and loving dog owner living in Vancouver BC has given me a new perspective on a lot of issues and causes which, if not for living on the West Coast of Canada I do not think I would have.  First and foremost I have come to appreciate the esthetic of my surroundings as they relate to my life and our Golden Retriever.  I would not consider myself to be an environmentalist, but I do care about the environment.

How that translates to my experience with my dog is the next question.

We are very fortunate to live very close to a dog-friendly beach in which we take our golden retriever to regularly.  When we take our Golden to the beach, the first thing she does is run out on to the sandbars and find a nice tidal pool and proceed to make a poop.   I know that people will say that you should not allow your dog to take a poop in a tidal pool, but those that say that do not understand what owning a dog is like.  When they have to poop, they have to poop.

Once our Golden Retriever takes a poop the job has always fallen on me to attempt to pick up the dog poop with my trusty plastic poop bag.  Without getting into the detail of this “not too pleasant” challenge, suffice it to say the dog poop is floating around, and it takes a magician with the “one-handed” grab to pick up the dog poop.   You never really get all of the dog poop and the dog poop you get is pretty wet in the bag and very disgusting.

Shortly after the attempt at picking up the poop out of the water with the plastic bag and continuing our walk, we thought it would be great to have a dog poop bag which you could pick up the dog poop, and you would not have to touch it all?  I don’t know about you, but the mere thought of having squishy water logged poop in a plastic bag touching my skin thoroughly disgusts me.  You are talking to a guy who, still after all of these years begins to have dry heaves when dog poop is being picked up.  That is why this product the K9 Clean Eco Poop Scoop is a godsend to me.  Not only can I pick up the poop out of the water, but the bag will also hold for over an hour when I continue my walk.

Eco Poop Scoop Bag

Eco Poop Scoop Bag

On this particular walk with our Golden Retriever, we spotted some branches where plastic poop bags just hung, that is disgusting.

As we proceeded to the slew and our Retriever proceeded to swim for the ball, you likely guessed it – we saw a few plastic poop bags floating in the water.  That is incredibly disgusting and just plain disrespectful of all others who use the beach for walks with their dogs.  I have not even gotten into the environmental aspects but those single-use plastic bags floating in the ocean water is not good.  Far be it from me to become this environmental zealot but people use this product that I found, which is called the K9Clean Eco Poop Scoop.  This bag solves both issues for me.

First and foremost my hands do not have to touch the dog poop.

Secondly, I know it is not much, but I am doing my part for the environment by ridding myself of those nasty plastic bags for dog poop which have no greater chance than a snowball in hell of ever seeing any recycled or decomposed life in a landfill.

At least with the paper eco poop scoop, it has a chance of organically decomposing if given the opportunity.

Environmental Factors

For those naysayers who say there are these cornstarch bags that are 100% biodegradable, that may very well be true but the fact that when I use these bags my hand always seems to break right thru the bag causing me to use two or three or even four bags to pick up my dog’s poop.  I am not an environmentalist, and I admit I am not a scientific person, but these bags are paper.

The paper eco poop scoop bag has to be better for our environment.  I know I am just throwing the poop into the garbage and who knows where it goes from there, but I can guarantee that picking up our dog’s poop with these bags from is not only far more environmentally friendly and on a much more critical note, a non-touch way to pick up my Golden Retrievers dog poop.  As the saying goes whenever you can “kill two birds with one stone” you should.

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