Research unveils UK’s dog poo problem during lockdown

According to new research commissioned by Lily’s Kitchen, a whopping 64% of Brits said dog waste has become an increasing issue in their area.

Since the start of the pandemic, lonely Brits in lockdown have welcomed furry friends into families. The sudden rise in people becoming pet parents can be contributed to the new working from home routine for most of the country.

Nearly a third (31%) of dog owners confess to not cleaning up after their canine because they think poo bags are ‘wasteful’ because they cannot be recycled.

Lily’s Kitchen is launching a new clean-up campaign, ‘Poop Troop’, which is a community initiative that promotes responsible pet parenting by facilitating a way for dog owners to pick up their pooch’s poo in the most sustainable way possible.

The popular pet brand has placed pop-up poo bag dispensers in dog walking hot-spots to prevent the problem getting worse. Located in some of the UK’s worst offending areas, the dispensers contain the brand’s new Planet Friendly Poo Bags to help tackle the crisis and give pet parents a sustainable solution to disposing their dog’s waste.

Data from the survey suggests that London is the worst region for leaving stools on the street, with almost three quarters of residents (73%) stating it was a problem.

Wales (70%) and Scotland (68%) also face poo problems, followed closely by those in Yorkshire (65%) and the South East (55%).

But it isn’t just the rise in poop left on the pavements which is a cause for concern: even more worryingly, it is the number of plastic bags used to dispose of dogs’ waste.

With 8.5 million dogs now in the UK, an estimated 5.5 billion poo bags are used each year, with many pet parents not opting for products that treat carefully on the planet.

The good news is that 66% of the nation would prefer to use biodegradable poo bags for their pups if cost, availability and other factors were not an issue.

Lily’s Kitchen has launched its environmentally friendly poo bags so that pet parents can clean up after their pups, guilt-free. Made using renewable plant-based resources, the bags are fully compostable and biodegradable so that the poo bags will break down completely.

Samantha Crossley, Marketing Director at Lily’s Kitchen said: “Being a force for good is important to us at Lily’s Kitchen. We wanted to make sure that our poo bags not only serve a very important purpose for pet parents, but also tread lightly on the planet. We hope to show, not just tell dog owners that there is a sustainable way to dispose of your pup’s poop.”

The pet friendly compostable poo bags are available nationwide from RRP £6 for 60 poo bags.