What is Little Green Dog’s mission?
Little Green Dog exists to kick conventional, environmentally
dangerous, plastic out of the dog ecosystem.
Why is that Little Green Dog’s mission?
There are over 500,000 registered dogs in New Zealand, each
pooping an average of 1.3 times per day. On average 60% of
people pick up their dog’s poop with single-use plastic bags,
that’s almost half a million plastic bags ending up in landfills
every single day. That’s a bit crap…
What are Little Green Dog Bags made from?
Most dog bags contain polyethylene, but our alternative is made
from PLA, PBAT, and glycerin. That’s it: a fully biodegradable,
What is the difference between degradable/biodegradable
plastic and compostable?
For most bags in New Zealand, ’degradable/biodegradable’ means
plastic with a degradable agent added. The agent breaks down in
a few months but can leave behind millions of tiny bits of
plastic known as microplastics that have a not-very-green habit
of landing themselves in waterways or the ocean and most
definitely sh*tting on the environment. Little Green Dog bags
are not degradable plastic, they are a plant-based compostable
Are these bags home compostable or just commercially
compostable? What’s the difference?
Little Green Dog is one of the first NZ companies to produce
certified home-compostable poop bags. Being home
compost-certified is a much more difficult status to attain, as
the product has to break down in a more natural backyard compost
setting. Home-compostable products are generally made from
thinner materials, usually require somewhere around 20°C to 30°C
to break down, and they’re given a longer time period to do so
(usually 90% degradation in 365 days).
What certification do you have for these bags?
We hold the Seedling certification under EN13432 for general
compostability, registration number 7P2277 and TUV Home Compost
How should people dispose of them?
Composting your pet’s poop bags at home is a great way to
independently close the waste loop. The best option is to keep a
second compost bin at home which is separate from your main
compost and is only applied to non-edible crops like flower
gardens. You can’t put dog waste in compost you are going to use
with edible plants .
What happens if they do end up in a landfill?
Compost is best, but our bags are better than putting plastic or
‘eco plastic’ in the landfill. Our material is capable of
mesophilic digestion by anaerobic bacteria like the kinds found
in non-compacted landfills. During that breakdown process, the
bag is fully breaking down rather than the alternative of
plastics or even ‘eco plastics’ which usually break apart into
Where are these bags made?
The bags are currently made in China. We explored local
production originally but were unable to find any NZ factories
that were able to process our compostable resin into bags. We
aim to bring production back to NZ when we are able to find a
Who is the team behind Little Green Dog?
Chris, Kerina, Piper (aged 8), and Chloe (50% Shih Tzu, 50%
poodle, and 100% fluff ball of love and energy). We’ve been dog
owners for over 15 years, and come from families with
We’re super passionate about reducing plastic use and recycling.
We have more sorting bins than people in our house!
How thick are these bags?
Our bags are some of the thickest available at 20 microns. This
thickness gives them a premium feel and makes them thicker and
How many bags on a roll are there?
There are 12 bags per roll. We are the only 12 bag/roll producer
anywhere in the world that we know of. We had to go to 12 bags
because of the thickness of our material, if we used 15 bags
then they were too thick to fit in a standard dispenser.
Do these rolls fit a standard dispenser?
How should the bags be stored?
For best results, the bags should be kept in a dry, cool
environment. Basically the opposite of a home compost where our
bags are designed to break down.