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Chicagoan creates eco-friendly dog poop bag

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dog owners have plenty of choices when it comes to picking up after their dogs’ business.

One local business owner invented an eco-friendly “poop bag” and bags like his are growing in popularity.

Some dog owners resort to using plastic grocery store bags, a trend that will start to end next year as Chicago begins to ban these bags.

Others use plastic poop bags available at several dog parks throughout the city.

"I cringe every time I take out the plastic ones because I know they're going into a landfill and it's organic material, I've been looking for those actually,” said dog owner, Jean Perry.

Others realize disposing of their dog’s waste could be hurting the environment.

"Why would you put poop in a bag, something that would disintegrate and absorb into the earth and put it into a bag that would not deteriorate and sit in a bag for a thousand years. It just makes no sense to me,” said Jacqui Graziano.

Paul Cannella is the president of Poopbags.com.

"Its 90 cases of poop bags right here and then we've got another 30 cases of dispensers," he said as he looks at a shipment destined for Mexico.

He told FOX 32 News he saw this change in dog waste consciousness back in 2003.

“What I really found out was just how bad plastic and dog waste was for the environment,” said Cannella. “So I really was inspired to try to find an alternative way."

The Chicago native created the first USDA certified bio based bag that is made of a minimum of 38 percent corn, vegetable oil and other renewable resources. And he is selling out not only locally, but globally.

“We always say we're saving the earth one poop at a time and it catches on with people. A lot of people do care about the environment," Cannella added.

As far as how long it take for a plastic bag to decompose, there are many numbers out there. Some say it takes as little as 10 and up to as many as 300 years.

Cannella said his compostable bag takes as little as 40 days up to a couple of years to disintegrate. His USDA certified bag can take from 2 up to 5 years.

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