Our Version of the Green New Deal
Keeping Your Yard Clean, Green, and Environmental Friendly is Job 1
You get it, and so do we at Royal Doody™. We only have one planet and we all need to do our part to keep it clean and pollution free. Believe it or not, it’s not just bovine belches that have become a problem. Uncontrolled dog wast is having a huge impact on our environment. Considering the huge growing number of fur-babies out there, the problem is not going to decrease any time soon. That’s where Royal Doody™ comes in…
Here's the Deal -- We All Need to Start Making Green Choices!
Science is telling us that not all poop is created equal. Dog poop in particular is not suitable to be used as fertilizer — like cow manure. Dog’s have a high protein based diet that creates a very acidic excrement or waste product. Far more info than you ever wanted to know about your favorite furry friend’s business, right? But, it’s true. Cow manure is in fact good for vegetation because it in fact started out that way. Dog’s diets are very different. Most dog foods today are composed of beef, chicken and/or pork products. This creates a high acidic waste product that is bad for your grass and can leave your back yard looking like, well, not looking like much of a yard at all.
Now For the Rest of the Story
Those of us who grew up in the 1970s rarely ever gave dog poop much thought, except when our parents sent us out to clean up the yard. When we were kids walking the family dog, I don’t think many of us thought about picking up after our pooch — it may have had something to do with the fact that plastic bags had yet to be invented. Today, cleaning up after your dog is the social norm, so much of the outcry in states that are banning plastic bags on plastic bags, is comes from pet owners asking: How are we supposed to pick up our dogs’ poop?
However, now in the 21st century, we have come to understand that we just might be having an unhealthy impact on the earth. Many of us have decided that is important for us to reduce our poo-print so-to-speak. Whether we’re talking about our reliance on carbon-based fuels, or other forms of pollutants we are responsible for in our daily lives.
Doggy Doody, a Significant Source of Pollution
Considering that America’s 80+ million pet produce some 10.6 million tons of poop every year, this is a considerable concern. One waste removal service estimated that the accumulated feces found fill over 2,500 football fields to a depth of the feet — that’s an astronomical amount of Dog Poop, and it all impacts our environment in one way or another.
This never ending supply of Doggy Doody not only makes for an interesting business model, it provides environmental challenges as well. The impact of canine poo goes beyond the mess on the bottom of our shoes, there are significant health and environmental concerns as well.
No. dog waste is not on the same environmental impact scale of superfund site or nuclear waste Still, the risk from a poopie yard or community space can be become a virtual petri dish of viruses, bacteria and parasites — including harmful pathogens like e coli, giardia and salmonella. (A single gram contains an estimated 23 million bacteria.)
Studies have traced 20 to 30 percent of the bacteria in water samples from urban watersheds to dog waste. Just two to three days of waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorous to close 20 miles of a bay-watershed to swimming and shellfishing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It also can get into the air we breathe: a recent study of air samples in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich., found that 10 to 50 percent of the bacteria came from dog poop.
Another problem is that (according to estimates) only 60% of dog walkers pick up after their pooch. Among the excuses offered by the 40 percent who don’t pick up: “Because eventually it goes away;” “too much work;” “small dog, small waste;” “it’s in the woods;” or, “It’s not in my yard.”
So while the risks may be lower than say, radioactive waste, the question remains: What do we supposed do with this do-doo?
This is a question that has bugged me for quite a while, and was part of our inspiration to start the Doody Business.
The (bad) Bacteria
One gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which can contaminate our waterways and cause illnesses in humans. Dogs are a very significant host of bacteria that is harmful to humans.
Believe it or not, dog waste can take a year to fully decompose, leaving your lawn brown and patchy. But regular dog poop cleaning can turn it around in just a matter weeks.
Until they learn to wash their paws (hey, at least the cat makes an effort) regular scooping can protect you from parvo, trichinosis, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, giardia, coccidia, and other troublemakers.
Do the Right Thing
Certain “pooper-scooper” laws require pet owners to remove dog waste on public and private property. This includes the neighbor’s yard, sidewalks, parks, schools, and — in some states — even your own backyard!