Plastic Challenge – Week One
The start of a typical morning creates an unexpected plastic challenge.
I pull out Cooper’s harness, leash, and a poop bag. Suddenly, I am faced with my first plastic challenge – a plastic poop bag. Wow – the thought hits me… maybe I am more dependant on plastic than I think. I walk Cooper at least twice a day if not 3 or 4 times a day AND he poops at least twice. That’s about 730 plastic poop bags. WOW – that’s a lot of plastic. To put this into perspective I did a really quick search – it is estimated there are 69,926,000 domestic dogs in the US alone. If every one of these dogs poops twice a day and it is picked up with a plastic bag that is approximately 138 million plastic poop bags add to landfills each year. Yikes! That’s a whole lot of poop in plastic bags.
So what am I going to do with Cooper’s poop? Hum? As of today, not sure. By the end of the week, I plan to have some information to make an educated decision.
My research buddy, Google, and I will team up to hit it hard. I will let you know what we come up with to address the issues and the possible solutions. Off the top of my head, I can think of 4 or 5 issues to consider. Hopefully, there are reasonable solutions that will help solve them.
Cooper and I will test some options.
My goal is to implement a solution that meets several needs:
- less plastic
- easy to use
- reasonable cost
- some degree of convenience
- addresses the entire issue
And so the challenge begins!