On February 3 2015 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) distributed a news release stating that not all of those dog-poop bags that (we hope) you use live up to their claims of “biodegradable” or “compostable,” etc.
“Consumers looking to buy environmentally friendly products should not have to guess whether the claims made are accurate,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “It is therefore critical for the FTC to ensure that these claims are not misleading, to protect both consumers and honest competitors.”
Claims of biodegradability without further qualification usually means that the product will completely break down into its natural components with a year of disposal. “Most waste bags, however, end up in landfills where no plastic biodegrades in anywhere close to one year, if it biodegrades at all,” says the FTC.
For the full story, see: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/02/ftc-staff-warns-marketers-sellers-dog-waste-bags-their. Or, for the NBC News take on it, see http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/your-dog-poop-bags-arent-green-advertised-government-says-n301546.
Illustration: ‘doggie-pooper-scooper’ courtesy of www.bulletinbag.com.