Frequently Asked Questions
Degradable bags are commonly mistaken for biodegradable bags. A degradable bag is a petroleum-based plastic bag that can take up to 1000 years to breakdown, all the while building up within the food chain having potentially devastating effects on the animals that consume them. Biodegradable bags are basically degradable bags with an EPI additive to speed up the breakdown process. It is not clear how long biodegradable bags with this additive take to breakdown and the Science behind it is not widely supported. Aidos Plastic’s bags are 100% biodegradable and compostable – meaning that they will safely breakdown back into the Earth within 90 days.
The difference between oxo-biodegradable and compostable is really important. While compostable bags decompose completely leaving behind no harmful chemicals; oxo-biodegradable bags leave behind micro-plastic particles as they decompose. These particles can be problematic as they are often made from petroleum products. Aidos Plastic’s bags are not oxo-biodegradable. They are 100% compostable to the EU standard of EN13432.
Adios bags will decompose into water, carbon dioxide and biomass in approximately 90 days – when placed into a composting environment or compost system. No harmful chemicals are released into the environment during this process.
Our poo bags are certified HOME compostable and Industrially compostable.
Our poo bags are extra strong… to prove this, we tested the bags with a house brick!
At 3.5KG in weight, the bag performed extremely well under this weight.
Our bags are made 100% from plants,40% Corn-starch, 50% PBAT (a biodegradable random copolymer) and 9.99% edible plant glycerine. All of which are completely compostable and biodegradable materials and certified to EN13432 and TUV standards for composting
The bags are 20 microns thick, to give you an idea, most bags on the market are 15 – 18 microns thick. We provide the thickest bags on the market to stop any nasty accidents!
No, the bags are not flushable, they will clog the plumbing, do not flush the used bags
Yes, you can dispose of them in the regular garbage. However, it's always better to use a disposal method that will not go to landfill.
There are various options for disposal that you can do yourself with compostable bags. The most popular is to compost them at home yourself (separate to food waste) you cannot use the compost for edible plants as the poop may still have pathogens present. We have a whole article coming soon on composting at home.
Another popular method is to use a dog poo wormery, you can find these easily online with a quick google search of "dog poo wormeries" and they come with full instructions on how the process works.
If you not able to do any of the above, then a doggy poo bin or black bag would be fine. We find that with most doggy poo bins, the waste gets incinerated and compostable bags do not release the same toxins as what burning plastic does, do there is a benefit there.
Landfill sites will slow the process of decomposition so it’s much better for the environment to avoid placing compostable waste in landfill.
If you would like any further advise or tips on composting dog poo at home or general disposal please get in touch with us
The best way to do this is through a home composter. However, you cannot use this compost for any edible plants. You can also speak to your local council about what industrial composters are in the area and if they accept dog waste.
We work with local firms where possible and viable, however with this product it has not yet been possible to produce them locally due to various factors. We are always trying to overcome these and hope for that to change soon. Like almost all compostable bags made in the World. our dog poo bags are manufactured in Asia by a factory with ISO9001 accreditation's and who are BSCI certified. We do however make all of our packaging with a local Kent company from FSC cardboard. The packaging is also close to zero miles since the factory is very close to where we are based.
Other bags contain a nasty EPI additive which only breaks down the bag into micro plastic particles which then stay around for years to come and end up in our water supply and food system. Most ‘biodegradable’ bags on the market contain 98% plastic, mixed with this additive to help the breakdown. Our bags are made from corn-starch and contain no additives as they are made purely from plants. Our bags will breakdown back into the Earth, leaving zero waste behind. This process can be achieved within 90 days in a composting environment.