Eco pet company sees sales of poop bags soar as the UK leads a global revolution in responsible dog owning
The world’s dog owners are becoming radically more responsible about cleaning up after their pets – led by the example of the UK, according to a new survey published this week.
Britain’s top environmentally friendly pet product manufacturer, the award-winning south London firm Beco Pets, reports that worldwide sales of their degradable poop bags have soared by 800% in the last 12 months. In the UK alone, the rise in sales in the last year was an even more spectacular 1,400 per cent.
Britain, followed closely by Spain and America, are the countries where dog owners are becoming increasingly responsible about clearing up their pets’ mess as attitudes change.
This spring, in a separate international survey carried out by the company, French dog owners were revealed as being the worst offenders when it comes to cleaning up after their pooches, with pet owners preferring to leave the dirty work to others.
Beco Pets, formed In 2009 by two young British entrepreneurs George Bramble and Toby Massey, is set to take centre-stage this weekend as a key exhibitor at PATS Telford.
Co-Founder and sales director George Bramble said: "It is now widely regarded as something of a social taboo and to be deeply antisocial to leave dog mess around public places. And with this in mind we have launched ‘Project Poop Bag’." (Campaign motto: ‘We love Poop’).
"We now sell our poop bags across Britain and increasingly successfully to 23 countries around the world, which suggests a change in attitudes is underway with most dog owners being more responsible when cleaning up after their pet."
Beco Pets pride themselves on their poop bags that have become one of their most successful exports. The bear-sized poop bags are bigger and stronger than other bags on the market and, better still, they are also more eco-friendly, as they fully degrade within one year when thrown away. All Beco Pets’ products are packaged in recycled cardboard and paper, and their poop bags are even eco to the core – they have a recycled cardboard inner core to roll the bags round, unlike competitor products that use plastic.
The company’s bags have become the bag of choice for discerning UK pet owners and are now stocked in more than 600 independent retailers as well as nationwide by the UK’s largest pet supplies retailer, the High Street chain Pets at Home.
Beco Pets has just been shortlisted as a "UK National Champion" in the prestigious European Business Awards to be held in June 2016. Co-Founder and design director Toby Massey added: "All our products are made from recycled, biodegradable materials and we encourage all dog owners to act responsibly when clearing up after their dogs.
"To encourage British dog owners, starting at Crufts this spring, we’ve been giving away at UK trade shows nearly 1 million free poop bags, and we'll be handing them out free again at Telford this weekend."
Among overseas delegates attending this weekend’s PATS trade show will be Beco Pets’ international guests, including distributors and retailers from countries such as Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, the Czech Republic and Italy. All will be encouraged to spread the word on poop bags.
The Spanish city of Tarragona is considering using DNA analysis technology to name and shame dog owners who fail to clear up dog mess. And the London borough of Barking and Dagenham was the first UK council to introduce dog poop DNA analysis this spring.
T H E S T A T I S T I C S
The Beco Pets Pets survey reveals:
- figures for 2014/2015 worldwide show 12.2 million poop bags sold in 23 countries including the UK
- this is compares to 1.2 million across 17 countries in the same period for 2013/2014
- that represents a sales leap of 800% worldwide
- in the UK alone, poop bag sales grew from 440,000 in 2013/2014 to 6.6 million in 2014/2015
- that meant a UK sales boom of 1,400%