Dylan Ojeda is the founder and POO (primary operating officer) of Dook, a subscription to compostable dog poop bags based in California. Dook was launched in 2019 with his sister, Nina, after a long conversation about the environmental impact of her small doggos. After searching for eco-friendly options, they realized that the term “biodegradable” wasn’t regulated, so they found 100% plastic-free options and decided to create their own. Dook bags are made and packaged using 0% fossil fuels, eco-friendly (veggie) dye and no plastic wrapping.
Yes, we’re going to talk about dog poop and I want to set the stage. One of my pet peeves is watching someone not pick up after their dog…
· Dogs in the U.S. produce 10.6 million tons of poop each year. The average dog deposits about ¾ pounds of dog poop daily, which adds up to 270 pounds of poop a year.
· In some cities, dog poop is the 3rd or 4th most significant cause of water pollution.
Dylan, this is a serious issue! What do you tell people who say, I pick up after my dog and even reuse the plastic grocery bags. That’s practical and cost-effective isn’t it?
Why did you start Dook?
What is the difference between compostable, biodegradable and recyclable?
Most biodegradable bags on the market are primarily made of petroleum or corn. Dook bags are 100% compostable and completely plastic free. What are they made out of?
How long does it take for a Dook bag to break down?
I know that many companies claim to have bags that are earth-friendly or biodegradable, but they don’t actually break down within a year, and some never degrade at all. How are they able to get away with marketing false claims?
Dylan, what makes your bags different?
Can you tell us about your business model?
I understand that most scientifically-proven biodegradable plastics won’t degrade in a landfill because of compression and lack of oxygen or “mummification” of garbage. What’s the best way to get the best results from earth-friendly poop bags and to dispose of them correctly?
How many bags would the average dog go through in a day?
How do you educate people to be more responsible dog owners and to pay a little more for truly biodegradable bags vs conventional bags?
How about dog-waste-only composting bins?
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Dylan, where can everyone find out more information about you and Dook? Dook.co
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