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Best Dog Poo Bags Review - The Scoop on the Poop

Updated: Sep 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 poo bags in some areas of the UK ?


So don’t get caught short when you’re out and about, which dog poo bags are the best designed, strongest, great value and best for the environment ?

Dog lover holding a poo bag in hand and a dog on lead on a dog walk in the park

Table of Contents

Buying Guide for Dog Poo Bags

Features to Consider

Our Pick of the Best Poo Bags you can Buy Today

Our Verdict



BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG POO BAGS


The fundamental job of a dog poo 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 poo bags including eco-friendly, biodegradable, compostable, degradable, scented bags (brazilian mango no less), and some companies make charitable donations.

Range of 10 different poo bags featuring poo bags direct, Beco bags and amazonbasics, Earth rated and alphapet.

I enlisted a whole range of my four-legged friends and their 'pawrents' to test-drive a wide selection of dog poo bags on the UK market. Over the last 18 months we have tested many dog poop bags and not all of them made the cut !



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


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


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 I understand that he's considering our impact on the environment, when you take into account the carbon footprint of poo 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 poo bags tested in this review on a roll (without handles) had identical measurements - 23cm X 33cm.


The handled bags both available loose and on a roll had varying measurements. All dimensions are included in the review.

Rolls versus Loose Bags - If you like to use a dog poo bag holder then rolls are a must, but we feature both rolls and loose bags so there should be something to suit every dog lover.




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OUR PICK OF THE BEST POO BAGS YOU CAN BUY TODAY


If price is the key factor, we recommend four poo bags at the cheaper end of the market -

AmazonBasics, Pogi, Greener Walker and Beco Biodegradable.


1. AmazonBasics Dog Poo Bags

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

Black AmazonBasics Dog Poop Bags and poo bag holder

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).


Delivered with a complimentary dispenser which we found almost impossible to attach to the lead (which we review in Dog Poo Bag Holders) they are also available in a scented version.


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


They don't have vest style handles so 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


2. Beco Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags

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

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!


Beco have changed 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


3. Greener Walker Poop Bags

The third great value bag is from Greener Walker.

Greener Walker Dog Poop Bags

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!)


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


4. 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 Dog Poop Bags with poo bag dispensers

The best value are these biodegradable bags bought in a pack of 50 rolls that's a whopping 750 bags - should keep you well stocked for a while!


This large box does come with two complimentary dispensers.


Admittedly it's a really cost effective way to buy poo bags in these large amounts, but at the same time, you do have to find a place to store them.


On the test they separated easily without tearing. Nice and strong, they did the job of masking the contents well at a great price. As with many of the bags tested they're available in both scented and unscented versions.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great value

+ Free dispensers

Reasons to Avoid

- Only large quantities

- Not compostable


Looking for compostable, eco-friendly poo bags? We recommend three compostable poo bags - My AlphaPet, Adios Plastic & the Beco Compostable range, all made with cornstarch.


5. My AlphaPet Dog Poop Bags

My AlphaPet poop bags are made using cornstarch so are 100% compostable with great eco-credentials.

My AlphaPet poo bags packaging and rolls

Ultimately, this is reflected in the price but larger quantities do reduce the price per bag slightly.


On the test, they seemed slightly thinner, certainly more transparent and softer than the cheaper non-compostable bags.


It's worth noting that the bright green colour was a hit with testers and they are also available in a bright red scented or a pink version.



In terms of quantities, you can purchase boxes of 120 or 240.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Bright colours

Reasons to Avoid

- More transparent


6. Adios Plastic Poo Bags

Adios poo bags are made from cornstarch so they are compostable and super environmentally friendly.

Adios plastic compostable dog poo bags

Their wide range suits all dog lovers as it includes a choice of poo bags with or without handles.


The testers felt that they were the strongest and largest eco-friendly bags tested. The contents were less visible in the grey bags (the pink were slightly see through) and they are now available in a rainbow pack too.


We tested the rolls ( without handles) which fit any standard poo bag holder and they separate from the roll easily.


Available in packs of 60, 120 and a family pack of 360 bags. Adios also offer a subscription service with a complimentary poo bag holder and a 10% savings on orders.


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

+ Bright colours

+ Subscription available

Reasons to Avoid

- Pink is more transparent



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7. Beco Poo Bags

The second Beco bag to feature in our Top 10. Beco make several types of poo bags some biodegradable and some compostable.

Eco friendly compostable Beco dog poop bags

These eco-friendly compostable Beco poo bags were available in really small quantities of 60 bags so you could try before you commit to buying lots.


What's more, the testers commented that they are thick, strong and odour proof so did the job well.


As with all their range they have recyclable cardboard cores and outer packaging.


Additionally you can purchase the Beco Pocket - poop bag dispenser which also has great eco-friendly credentials.


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


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Small quantities

+ Recyclable packaging

Reasons to Avoid

- No scented options

- No quantity options

- Pricier than non-compostable


The last three companies to be featured donate to charity based on sales. So you can experience that feel good factor whilst you're scooping the poop with Earth Rated, Give A Shit & The Green Poop Bag



8. Earth Rated Poo Bags

Earth Rated is a Canadian company making poo 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 poo 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 helps camouflage the contents.


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


Earth Rated poo 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. Their poo bag dispenser featured in top spot in our review - Best Poo Bag Holders.


Dimensions (W x L)

Loose (handled) 18 x 34 cm

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Handles

+ Recyclable packaging

+ Charity contributions

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than non-compostable


9. Give A Shit Poo Bags

Give A Shit create a whole range of earth-friendly pet products.

Give A Shit compostable and eco-friendly green Dog Poop Bags

Their admirable mission is to create 50 eco-friendly household product alternatives in the next 5 years, giving money to charity along the way.


They donate 10% of all profits to the Soi Dog Foundation to improve lives of dogs and cats in Asia to end animal suffering.


Doubtless, some people won't appreciate the company name, but we loved it.


Their cornstarch poo bags are fully compostable and separated easily (each roll is sealed with a sticker). Available in smaller quantities like this 120 bag box, you can test a few before commiting to a bigger purchase.


The vibrant green was a big hit with our testers as they're incredibly easy to spot. Identical in size to the Beco and Earth Rated poo bags.


Dimensions (W x L)

Roll (no handles) 22 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Great name!

+ Bright green

+ Charity contributions

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than non-compostable


10. The Green Poop Bags

The last poo bag company to be featured won the Green Apple Environment Award in 2020.

A selection of The Green Poop Bag for dogs with rolls and handled bags

The Green Poop Bag is a small UK business which offer compostable poo bags with a percentage donated to Friends of the Earth.


Our testers particularly loved the handled bags on a roll. In most cases buying poo bags on a roll means you forfeit the handles. But not in this case!


The Green Poop bags are available in Universal Rolls with handles or X large loose handled bags in a box ( they're massive).

Whilst they aren't the cheapest we've tested, if you love bags on a roll with a handle, then The Green Poop Bags are simply the best option. Not available on Amazon, they offer free delivery on £20 orders.


Dimensions (W L)

Roll (handled) 23 X 33 cm

Loose (handled) 28 X 33 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Compostable

+ Handles on a roll

+ Charity contributions

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than non-compostable

Our Verdict


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


If you are looking for something more eco-friendly then compostable cornstarch bags are the only way to go. Earth Rated offer a wide range of bags with and without handles 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 dog 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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