For those who always pick up after their dog, thank you for being a responsible pet owner. You go a long way in keeping our parks, sidewalks and trails clean. Many pet owners have switched to alternatives such as compostable dog waste bags to reduce single-use plastic waste. But what are compostable bags? What are they made of? What makes them compostable

Compostable bags are made from natural plant starch and produce no toxic material. They are easily broken down in a composting system through microbial activity to form compost. The term compostable means that the product will completely break down into its organic components after a certain time, enriching the soil with nutrients and leaving no visible signs or toxic residues.

How do I know if my bags are compostable?

What is ASTM6400 and EN13432 on LOMI Compostable Poop Bags?

A compostable bag will be officially certified with one or more logos as proof of its compostability. The most important logo to look out for is the Seedling logo (a registered trademark of European Bioplastics), as well as the mark: EN13432. The American standard ASTM D6400 is currently the ultimate test for a biodegradable/compostable product's ability to decompose under ideal composting conditions.

LOMI compostable poo bags break down in 90 days in a commercial composting environment, meaning they break down after you throw them away.

Can you compost them at home? It is best to put them in the food waste container or in your home compost or at a compost station. The compostable bag will naturally break down into organic nutrients. These nutrients will then be used to enrich the soil with zero harmful side effects to the environment.

If you have come to this article, then you have taken the first step to making a change! Will you stop using unnecessary plastic in your everyday life?