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Flush Puppies Flushable & Certified Compostable Doodie Bags for Dogs

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Flush Puppies doodie bags are 100% Certified Compostable (by the Biodegradable Products Institute) and flushable. Yes, really… flushable. Made from Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) – a water soluble, eco-friendly, “green” alternative to plastic – Flush Puppies are specifically made to dispose of doggie doodie down the toilet. (It’s science, people – not voodoo!) Unlike plastic bags or other “biodegradable” bags, Flush Puppies actually break down in water.

There’s no reason to add to the problem when you have the perfect “waste disposal” system right there in your bathroom. Bag the poop, toss it in the toilet, and flush. Your local waste water treatment facility will do the rest! Flush Puppies are clean and simple.

Key Benefits

  • Bags are flushable and will break down in water
  • Made from Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) – a water soluble, eco-friendly, “green” alternative to plastic that is 100% BPI certified compostable
  • Fits most standard dispensers
  • Helps reduce plastic waste in landfills
  • Extra thick bags for added protection against messes

Cautions

Check locally, as many communities do not have industrial compost facilities that accept pet waste. Contact your local waste management department to inquire. Also, do not attempt to compost Flush Puppies at home. Home composts do not generate enough heat to kill dangerous pathogens found in pet waste. HAZARDS TO HUMANS: Keep away from children.

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  • Item Number
    85321
  • Dimensions
    9 x 3 x 2.5 inches
  • Weight
    13.44 ounces
  • Material
    Recycled Materials

Instructions

Flush one bag at a time. Do NOT tie or knot bag prior to flushing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Flush Puppies safe for septic and sewer systems?

Yes! The bags are safe for sewer systems and generally safe for septic as well. With that said, every septic system is different, and every homeowner is different too. Some septic systems are not very good at breaking down organic matter. And some homeowners are not very good at maintaining their septic systems! What we advise customers is that if you are discouraged from flushing wet wipes in your septic system, then we recommend you not flush Flush Puppies! Also, if you don’t regularly maintain your septic system, you should avoid flushing Flush Puppies down the toilet as well.

What if I don’t want to flush them? Flush Puppies are compostable too?

Not everyone wants to flush their pet’s waste down the toilet. But, you can still avoid sending it to the landfill, where it may mummify for eternity. Flush Puppies are certified compostable for industrial compost facilities, where they will disintegrate and biodegrade swiftly without leaving any non-compostable residues. (Check locally, however, as appropriate compost facilities that accept pet waste do not exist in many communities. Also, Flush Puppies are not suitable or recommended for backyard composting!)

If you simply want to throw away your pet’s waste in the trash, that’s OK too. Flush Puppies bags contain no polyethylene plastic. Just keep in mind that virtually nothing biodegrades in a landfill for a very long time – not even organic matter.

Why should I flush my dog’s poop down the toilet, or compost it in an industrial compost facility, when I could just leave it on the ground?

Because as a responsible dog owner, you’re No. 1 when it comes to disposing of Fido’s No. 2, and leaving pet waste on the ground creates serious health risks:

Dog poop ain’t fertilizer. In fact, it’s classified as a type of pollution, and it can infect surface water and groundwater. Doodie contains parasites including hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, which pose a health risk, especially to kiddos – and the eggs from those parasites can live in the ground for years.

Because of these risks, cities across the country, including New York City and San Francisco, have already enacted pooper-scooper fines. Don’t end up in the doghouse when you travel or when your city enacts the same laws.

C’mon, do these bags seriously break down in water?

Yes, they break down in water. But that doesn’t mean they’re crappy construction.

Flush Puppies are made of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) film (an alternative-to-regular-plastic material that dissolves in water). The key is creating the bags with a “solubility point” at which they are strong enough to hold Fido’s semi-moist poop, but soluble enough, quickly enough, that you can actually see the breakdown process start to happen when you toss the bag in the toilet. That’s where we came in.

Water from the toilet goes through a sewage treatment plant specifically designed to remove harmful toxins and bacteria from fecal matter.

In short, the bags won’t break down on your walk home from the park, but they will start to break down after being submerged in your toilet water.

How bad can it be to just throw dog poop in the trash?

Allow us to give you a few facts and figures about the impact of animal doodie in American landfills:

There are an estimated 44.8 million dogs in the U.S. In a city of 100,000 people, or 43 square miles, dogs can generate about 2.5 tons of feces a day. That’s almost 2 million pounds a year.

Most of that doodie ends up in regular plastic bags, which can take up to 1,000 years or more (if ever!) to decompose in a landfill. Enough said?

What if my house has old plumbing?

Some Flush Puppies’ users with “low-flow” toilets or really old plumbing have told us it can take more than one flush to get everything down. If that’s the case, let the Flush Puppies bag sit in the water for 10 minutes before attempting to flush again. If flushing simply isn’t an option for you, you can still put Flush Puppies in the trash or in an industrial compost facility that accepts pet waste; remember, Flush Puppies bags are certified compostable (for industrial composting only) and contain no polyethylene plastic!

How big are the bags?

The bags are 8?x10?, which generally can accommodate a dog up to 75 lbs, depending on what you feed your dog!

Are the bags safe to use in the rain?

Yes! The bags are made 2x as thick as normal plastic bags for that exact reason. If there’s some light rain or moisture on the ground, it should not compromise the bag. Plus, the major decomposition of the bags happens after flushing – with increased water stress, temperature, and microbial content.

The truth is, if it’s raining hard enough for the bag to really start breaking down, you’re probably not walking your dog without an umbrella in the first place.

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  • really great bags!

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    We have a puppy in the City, so he poops often and there's not a lot of places to put the bags that our neighbors (or we) won't smell them. I was doubtful, but in our 110 year old house, I have successfully flushed a couple hundred bags down the toilet with zero difficulties. I have no problem picking up poop and staying clean. The bags do have a weird slippery texture, but I wash my hands or sanitize them after and it's fine. Worth it for the efficiency of being able to flush.

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  • Not the best compostable dog waste bags I've used

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    I normally buy Earth Rated compostable bags, but they are expensive, and I started looking for a more cost effective alternative. I didn't like these from the start, but I couldn't figure out why until I got through the whole set. Three major issues: -Become greasy in humidity and leave a residue on your hands (gross, and good luck in summer and on rainy days) -Opening too small to pick anything up with without getting your hands covered in poop (if you pull through the bag like I do the whole side of the bag, and the top edge end up covered in poop, and you get it on you when you tie the knot). -rips more often than earth rated bags. I had 3 major bag failures in the one batch. Grooooossss I normally buy Earth Rated compostable bags, but they are expensive, and I started looking for a more cost effective alternative. I didn't like these from the start, but I couldn't figure out why until I got through the whole set. Three major issues: -Become greasy in humidity and leave a residue on your hands (gross, and good luck in summer and on rainy days) -Opening too small to pick anything up with without getting your hands covered in poop (if you pull through the bag like I do the whole side of the bag, and the top edge end up covered in poop, and you get it on you when you tie the knot). -rips more often than earth rated bags. I had 3 major bag failures in the one batch. Grooooossss. They are thicker than the Earth Rated bags, so I figured it would be the opposite. I was disappointed. I'm still searching for a more cost effective compostable bag. … more

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  • Fantastic Compostable Bags

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    These are fantastic. They are thick and durable, to the point you may be worried that they may not really break down, but don't. They're are exactly as advertised. Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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    I love that the bags are biodegradable. However, I HATE the texture! It has a smelly, greasy coating on them that stays on my hands. I have to carry the bag after picking up my pups waste.

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  • Good product

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    Works well, works advertised. Durable even in rain and good size.

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  • Great for Us

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    I got these because they're compostable (besides the fact that I'm renting, I'd never consider testing their flushability because they're really thick). They fit in the dispenser I have, and they are rolled with a different orientation than the bags we've been using for a year and a half, so I've had to learn a new way to yank and tear. They also have different dimensions (seem more square), but my dog has little poop, so there's still plenty of bag to tie in a knot to dispose. I'm not sure how easy they would be to tie when they are fuller. Perhaps since they're flushable, they're not really meant to be tied?

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  • thick so you don't feel the poop

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    these are a nice thickness where you don't feel pure warm poop in your hands , and I'm not afraid to really dig at the grass and get all the poop bc I'm not worried they will rip and ill get poop all over my hands. I don't tie them off I just twirl them shut and put them in my garbage. they are supposed to flush but I feel good enough that they are degradable. happy w these. the go fast tho , def worth the money

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  • Great product...

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    These are thick and well-made to reduce the "ick" feeling when picking up feces. I love the compostable component and I flush them down the toilet. We have a septic system and I think that's okay to do...no problems thus far : /.

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  • Great flushable bags

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    These are and excellent idea and product. Made of (I think) polyvinyl alcohol, you need to NOT tie off the top. Just put in the toilet and let sit in the water for a couple of minutes and then flush. Great and easy solution.

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  • Fingers crossed...

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    I'm not sure what time-scale these operate on and I generally leave the bag in the toilet for close to 12 hours before I flush (2nd, rarely used bathroom), so I thought I'd have noticed them breaking down more. Not that I've pulled them out and checked their resiliency, but I also don't tie them off so water can get in. I just hope they work as my girlfriend made me promise I'd pay an repair bills if the system gets clogged!

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