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The 10 Best Dog Poop Bags Review

Updated: Jun 14

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The one downside to our four-legged friends, scooping the poop. If only we could train them to do it themselves.


Did you know that dog owners can risk fines of £100 simply for not carrying poop bags in some areas of the UK ?


So don’t get caught short when you’re out and about. We buy and test a whole range of poo bags to see which bags are the best designed, strongest, great value, biodegradable and eco-friendly?

Best poo bags to buy with a dog

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Buying Guide for Dog Poop Bags

Features to Consider

Our Pick of the Best Poop Bags you can Buy

Best Compostable Poop Bags

Best Non-Compostable Poop Bags

Our Verdict



BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG POOP BAGS


The fundamental job of a dog poop bag is to hold your dog’s business without leaking or tearing.


Ideally you don’t want a bag that's so thin that you can smell or see what you are carrying.


Then there’s separation, ideally this needs to be quick and the bag needs to be closed and sealed effortlessly.


Companies are promoting an incredible range of bags including eco-friendly, biodegradable, compostable, scented bags (Brazilian mango no less), and some companies even make charitable donations.


Whilst compostable dog poop bags may not be the perfect solution, they'll certainly help to reduce your yearly plastic consumption.

10 different dog poo bags tested and reviewed
Dog Poo - It's in the bag

I enlisted a whole range of my four-legged friends and their 'pawrents' to test-drive a wide selection of poop bags on the UK market.


Over the last 2 years we have tested hundreds of bags and not all of them made the cut ! We continually test new bags, and our selection is often updated.


Our selection of the best bags includes 5 compostable and 5 non-compostable dog poop bags.



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Eco-Friendly

Ultimately, hunting for anything eco-friendly can be confusing, and searching for dog poop bags is no exception. For the purpose of this review though, only cornstarch bags which are compostable, get the thumbs up for being eco-friendly. Biodegradable poop bags are not considered eco-friendly in this article.


Graeme Hill (TV dog trainer) recently commented on a GMTV interview -


"You shouldn't have a dog if you can't afford cornstarch bags "


Whilst we understand that he's considering our impact on the environment, when you take into account the carbon footprint of poop bags (even cornstarch bags) originating halfway round the world, then being shipped to the UK, it may not be that simple! Click to see full article as reported in the Daily Mail


Price

This varies greatly with the non-compostable bags unsurprisingly working out the best value.


Dimensions

All the bags tested in this review on a roll (without handles) had identical measurements - 23cm X 33cm, so will fit most poop bag holders. The handled bags, both available loose and on a roll had varying measurements. All dimensions are included in our review.

Rolls versus Loose Bags

If you like to use a holder or dispenser then rolls are a must, but we feature both rolls and loose bags so there should be something to suit every dog lover.





OUR PICK OF THE BEST DOG POOP BAGS YOU CAN BUY



Best Compostable Poop Bags

If you are trying to reduce your carbon paw print, then the most important sustainable products you can buy are eco-friendly dog poop bags.


We recommend five compostable bags - Beco Compostable, Adios Plastic, Planet UnderDog, Enviropaws and Fetch-It.


Whilst these were not the cheapest bags we tested, they're all considerably better for the environment than their non-compostable alternatives.


1. Beco Compostable Poop Bags


UK company Beco are renowned for their sustainable product range which as well as being good for your dog, is also good for the planet. This is the first of Beco's range to feature in our Top 10.

Beco compostable poo bags

Beco sell several types of poop bags some biodegradable and some compostable.


We bought and tested this pack of 8 rolls (96 bags) of their compostable bags.


Ultimately, the testers commented that Beco's compostable bags were thick, strong and odour proof so did the job well. They are also easy to seperate with 'Tear Here' printed on each bag.


It's worth noting that the cardboard cores and the outer packaging are recyclable.


Beco's compostable range also includes packs of 48 (4 rolls) and 60 (5 rolls) and a box of 96 flat-packed bags with handles. We love that these eco-friendly compostable bags are available in really small quantities so you could try before you commit to buying lots.


Additionally you can purchase the Beco Pocket - poop bag dispenser which also has great eco-friendly credentials and we feature in our round-up of the best dog poo bag dispensers.


Just a word of caution, their non-compostable and compostable packaging looks very similar, so double-check it says Compostable on the front.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Small quantities available to try

+ Recyclable packaging

Reasons to Avoid

- No scented options

- Pricier than non-compostable

 

2. Adios Plastic Poo Bags


UK company Adios Plastic offer a range of Doggy-Doo Sacks which are made from cornstarch so they are compostable and environmentally friendly.

Adios plastic compostable dog poo bags

They've been awarded 2nd place in our review because of the wide selection they offer.


There's something to suit all dog lovers with a choice of bags with or without handles, on a roll or loose.


The range of colours on offer really sets these poo bags apart. Grey, blue, coral pink and now a rainbow pack if you just can't decide.


We tested the rolls (without handles) and found that they separate from the roll easily. The testers felt that they were the strongest eco-friendly bags tested.


The only downside is that the rolls themselves are slightly chunkier than some others tested so can be a bit of a squeeze in poop bag holders, but this is minor and not really a deal breaker.


Available in packs of 60, 120 and a family pack of 360 bags. Adios also offer a subscription service with a 10% savings on orders which makes them good value


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Roll (handles) 18 X 30 cm

Loose (handled) 18 x 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Pastel colours

+ Subscription available

Reasons to Avoid

- Expensive for small amounts (60's)

- Tight fit in holders

 

3. Planet Underdog Dog Poop Bags


The new kid on the block is the UK company - Planet Underdog. Launched in June last year, their poop bags are designed using cornstarch and polymers from cornstarch so they're 100% compostable with great eco-credentials.

Planet Underdog poop bags packaging and rolls

Their range of unscented bags are available in three bright colours - yellow ( shown here), red and green.


There are also two pack sizes options - 60 (4 rolls of 15 bags) and 120 (you guessed it - 8 rolls of 15 bags).


These smaller quantities are great if you want to try out their bags without buying too many.


Alternatively they offer multipacks and monthly subscriptions, so you can save those pennies if you buy larger or regular quantities.


We tested their yellow and orange range and loved the wording on their bags.


Ultimately the bright colours were a hit with testers although they commented that they were slightly more transparent than some of the non-compostable bags tested. The bags separated easily from the roll and fitted comfortably in a range of bag holders.


It's hard to feel good whilst you scoop the poop, but helping a new UK company and being planet friendly at the same time is a good place to start !


Dimensions ( W x L )

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Bright colours

+ Small quantities available

+ Subscription option

Reasons to Avoid

- More costly than non-compostable

 


4. Enviropaws Dog Poop Bags


Launched late in 2021, Enviropaws are an eco-friendly pet brand with an initial range of three earth friendly dog products - Compostable Cleansing and Conditioning Mitts, Compostable Dog Poop Bags and Dog Balm.

Enviropaws compostable dog poop bags

Their dog poo bags are designed in the UK and like many of their eco-friendly rivals, they're crafted using plant-based materials so are plastic free.


Available in 120 (8 rolls of 15) or 60 (4 rolls of 15) bags, both fit in standard poo bag holders. The larger packs work out slightly cheaper per bag.


It's worth noting that both the packaging and the inner core are recyclable too.


In testing they were similar in size to their main rivals and just as strong. We did notice that on the downside they were very slightly more transparent than both Beco compostable bags and AdiosPlastic.


However, pricewise they are slightly cheaper than both Beco and AdiosPlastic (not on subscription).


Enviropaws are already looking to expand their range to include a handled version of their poop bags.


If you would like more information on Enviropaws range of products, check out our deep dive into Eco-Friendly Dog Products : Enviropaws. We put all three products through their paces to not only test their eco-friendly claims, but to ensure that they are kind to your dogs.

Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 24 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Available in packs of 60 or 120

+ Recyclable packaging

Reasons to Avoid

- If you prefer scented poop bags

- Pricier than non-compostable

Buying Options

 


5. Fetch-It Compostable Poop Bags - Mini


Fetch-It poop bags are made with cornstarch and are certified 100% compostable

fetch it compostable poo bags

The headline feature of these particular bags is that they are Mini. Smaller than the standard bag by 30%, they're ideal for small and toy breeds.


Smaller bags = less material = less waste.


It also means they're cheaper than their standard sized competition. They are available in a box of 80 without tie handles.


The Fetch-It range also includes their Ocean Box of standard sized bags with handles suitable for larger.... breeds.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 17 X 25 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Ideal for small & toy breeds

+ Cheaper than standard compostable bags

Reasons to Avoid

- No large quantity options


 


Best Non-Compostable Dog Poop Bags

If price is the key factor, the following selection of poop bags are at the cheaper end of the market - AmazonBasics, Beco Biodegradable, Earth Rated, Pogi and Greener Walker.



6. Amazon Basics Poop Bags


The truth is that if you looking for cheap poop bags with no eco-credentials but a bag that does the job well, then Amazon Basics are hard to beat.

Available in quantities of 300, 600 or 900 on rolls of 20 bags, the more you buy the cheaper per bag (it's not rocket science).


We appreciated the printed arrow on each bag, which makes it easy to find which end to open and spot the seam.


Delivered with a complimentary dispenser which is a nice touch but we found the dispenser almost impossible to attach to our lead. However, once it's attached, it works well. If you would like further info - take a look at our round up review of Dog Poo Bag Holders


It's worth mentioning that they don't have vest style handles so are slightly more tricky to tie, or eco-friendly credentials but this is reflected in their price.


They did the job well, they're a good size and mask the contents well. Also available in scented.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 x 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Cheap

+ Tear apart easily

Reasons to Avoid

- Large quantities

- Not compostable

 

7. Earth Rated Poop Bags


Earth Rated is a Canadian company making poop bags with a 100% leak-proof guarantee. At their core is the idea of giving back to society so they've donated over 6 million bags to dog shelters.

Earth rated poop bags and packaging

For those of you that prefer a bag with handles these are perfect. The box doubles as a handy recyclable dispenser which is ideal for storing by the back door.


Our testers felt they were secure and thick masking the smelly contents well. The design of the bag with the dark green base certainly helped to camouflage the contents.


Better still, these handled bags were preferred by those testers who struggled to tie knots in the non-handled versions.


Earth Rated bags are available in a wide range including scented /unscented and on rolls without handles if you prefer. They also offer an option to buy two rolls with a poo bag dispenser which features in top spot in our review - Best Poo Bag Holders.


Earth Rated have recently introduced some 'plant-based' compostable poop bags to their range. They are available in rolls without handles and fit their dispenser.


Dimensions (W x L)

Loose (handled) 18 x 34 cm

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Handles

+ Recyclable packaging

+ Charity contributions

Reasons to Avoid

- Not compostable

 

8. Pogi's Poop Bags


Offering a range of standard sized bags - some compostable and some biodegradable, Pogi's Poop Bags come in a variety of pack sizes.

Pogi's Poop Bags

One of their best value packs are these biodegradable bags bought in a Super Pack of 30 rolls that's a whopping 450 bags - should keep you well stocked for a while!


Admittedly the powder fresh scent did remind the testers of baby powder and covered the contents scent nicely.


Like many of the bags tested, they are also available in a non-scented version if you prefer.


Our testers loved the 'Open Here' printed on each bag but said that the sticker unfortunately tore a hole in the first bag on each roll.


Good value bags, nice and strong, on the test they separated easily without tearing.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Nice fragrance

Reasons to Avoid

- Large quantities

- Not compostable

 

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If you haven't had enough of reading about poo, then why not check out our article on poo bag holders. We buy and test the best dog poo bag holders available to buy today.


9. Beco Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags


This is the second Beco dog poo bag to feature in our Top 10. These are their biodegradable bags not the compostable version.

Beco biodegradable dog poop bags in mint scent

Beco offer a wide range of bags including with and without handles and in various quantities to suit your needs.


For the review we bought their mint scented bags in a roll. It's worth noting that the roll fits any standard dispenser.


We particularly liked the mint smell, which surprised us as it did help to cover the inevitable musk effectively!


Like Earth Rated, the clever design of the bag ( with a darker base) helps hide the contents from view.


Beco have upgraded their packaging, so now both the roll cores and the outer packaging are both recyclable.


Available in much smaller quantities than the Amazon Basics if storage is an issue - 60, 120 or 270 bags.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Cheap

+ Tear apart easily

+ Good masking scent

Reasons to Avoid

- Great value

- Not compostable

 

10. Greener Walker Poop Bags


The next great value bag is from Greener Walker.


Confusingly, they are made from a cornstarch blend and state that they are eco-friendly, but it's worth noting that they are only biodegradable not compostable.

Without handles, these bags separated quickly and easily whilst masking the contents. What's more they are available in three colours - brown, green and deep green ( really not sure about the brown!)


If you like to buy in bulk, their best value pack is the 540 bags which although masked the contents well, weren't the easiest to tear apart.


They also offer 350 bags on a large single roll which would be really convenient for stashing near the back door for scooping the poop in the back garden!


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

- Great value

- Large roll available

Reasons to Avoid

+ Not compostable

+ Tricky to tear apart

 


OUR VERDICT


If you're looking for something more eco-friendly than plastic poo bags, then one of the top 5 compostable cornstarch bags featured is the only way to go. Unfortunately in our extensive search, we have been unable to find a range of poop bags manufactured in the UK. But we continue to search....


If price is the key factor, then you'll be hard pushed to find a dog poop bag better or cheaper than Amazon Basics. Whilst you'll need to consider storage if you opt for their 900 bag offer, they do the job well at a great price.


We recommend Earth Rated for their sheer range of bags - with and without handles along with the option to try them in a two roll pack with their dispenser. They also give a percentage of their profits to charity so it's win - win.



Whether price, strength, handles or eco-friendly credentials are most important to you when deciding on which poo bags you want to buy, there is a perfect bag out there to suit all dog lovers and their four-legged friends.



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