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What is the difference between degradable, biodegradable and compostable dog poo bags?

Here at Country Hounds we only supply compostable bags because they are completely plastic-free.

Read on to find out why this matters to us and why is should matter to you too.


Compostable bags are made from cornstarch and can be composted at home, or disposed of as usual. They completely biodegrade back to their natural elements.

Being a plant-based natural material, the creation of cornstarch has a fantastically low carbon footprint.

What’s more, once you’re finished with it, it will completely biodegrade into the natural elements it once started its starchy life as, leaving no trace.

These dog poo bags can be added to any well-managed compost and used to feed non-edible plants. We recommend adding a little sawdust too, creating a compost with a perfectly balanced PH. Then you’re good to go.

If you are interested in composting your dog poo, read our guide here.

Alternatively, you can dispose of them as usual but they will break down much quicker and not leach plastics into watercourses!


Degradable dog poo bags are made from plastic with other chemicals added (including heavy metals) that cause the plastic to break down and disintegrate over time when exposed to sunlight and heat. If degradable dog poo bags are released into our environment they become quite problematic as they break down into hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic.

Animals can consume the smaller pieces of plastic more readily than they would if the bags were still whole. It is also much more difficult to remove hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic from the environment than it is to remove a single bag.


Like degradable dog poo bags, biodegradable bags are often still plastic bags that have microorganisms added to break down the plastic a little more quickly than degradable bags but nowhere near as quickly as compostable bags!

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