Good for small and medium sized jobs!
Currently, I’m a guardian to seven rescue dogs: six rat/fox/Jack Russell terrier mixes and a dachshund. Though they only go walking once or twice a week (luckily, we have a big yard, which is where they get most of their exercise), this still adds up to an impressive number of poop bags. (Ralphie the dachshund has been known to go as many as five times on one walk, though his average is three. Seriously!)
Previously I was using repurposed bags – unrecyclable bread and cereal bags, mostly, with a few bagel and grocery bags thrown in as needed – and having to constantly scrounge for them was becoming tiresome. Plus, I wanted a greener option. After a quick search I decided to try the Earth Rated brand, both because of its high ratings and relatively low prices.
What can I say other than that they get the job done! (And really, isn’t that what you want in a poop bag?) The bags come on a large roll, with perforations that make it easy to tear off a bag or two as needed. I keep a roll in the garage and grab a length of six bags or so per trip. If you have a dispenser, all the better: the roll has a hole in the middle for just this purpose.
While individual bags can be a bit of a pain to open, I find that licking my thumb and index finger ever so slightly helps to create some traction. After several months of use, I’ve yet to have a problem with a rip or tear in a bag (an improvement over grocery bags the magnitude of which cannot be overstated!). The bags measure 8” wide x 13” long, which seems to be the perfect size for my dogs: just big enough to handle their largest piles, but not so big that you waste a ton of extra material.
However, if you have a larger breed dog – or perhaps one who leaves particularly voluminous “presents” – these bags might prove a tight fit. Worst case scenario? You sometimes need two bags to handle a single job.
Likewise, as a relatively small-handed person, I don’t have any trouble fitting my hand in the bags and manipulating objects (read: feces) from within. If you have especially large hands, though, you may want to consider a bag with more generous proportions.
The bags are long enough that tying knots is a snap, which I appreciate.
I noticed that I number of reviewers have complained about the lavender scent. Though noticeable (and not particularly pleasant – it doesn’t mask the feces smell so much as it mingles with it!), I don’t find it overwhelming or nauseating. That said, if you’re especially sensitive to perfumes and such, these probably aren’t the bags for you.
(This review is also posted on Amazon. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined.)