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BeyondGreen “Compostable” Dog Waste Bags Class Action

As people become more environmentally conscious, the companies are looking for ways to make their products seem more environmentally friendly or supportive of sustainability. BeyondGreen Biotech, Inc. makes dog waste bags that it advertises are compostable. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that this is a deceptive claim and that the bags are either not compostable or compostable only in rare situations.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who bought the product. A New York Subclass has also been defined for those who bought the product in New York.

The complaint shows an image of the front of a product box, bearing the words “Compostable Bags” and “Certified Compostable.” The back of the product box, shown on the following page, contains a more detailed promise: “These bags are certified compostable and will start to decompose within 3 to 6 months upon disposal in an aerobic or anaerobic environment.”

But the complaint alleges that these representations are false and misleading.

The complaint quotes the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which says that “compostable” claims for dog waste bags are “generally untrue.” The FTC points out that consumers take these claims to mean that the bags will break down just like grass clippings in their home compost pile, which is not the case. And “[i]f marketers disclose that a product will only compost in commercial or municipal facilities, consumers think that those facilities are generally available in their area. However, dog waste is generally not safe to compost at home, and very few facilities accept this waste.”

Another problem, the complaint says, is that pet poop can contain “harmful parasites, bacteria, viruses, or pathogens.” This can significantly pollute local waters. If it is deposited in home compost piles, it can make the resulting compost unusable.

Although certain kinds of facilities may take dog waste, most don’t. In fact, the complaint alleges that “industrial composting of dog waste is generally not available in the United States.”

BeyondGreen’s website does not tell consumers this. If they find it out for themselves, it does offer them a solution that is profitable for itself: They can buy an All-Electric Pet Waste and Organic Waste Composter from BeyondGreen for $450.

The FTC considers these kinds of practices to be deceptive, the complaint says.

The complaint calls these kinds of false environment-related claims “greenwashing,” that is, creating a false impression that products are environmentally sound.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

BeyondGreen “Compostable” Dog Waste Bags Complaint

November 29, 2021

As people become more environmentally conscious, the companies are looking for ways to make their products seem more environmentally friendly or supportive of sustainability. BeyondGreen Biotech, Inc. makes dog waste bags that it advertises are compostable. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that this is a deceptive claim and that the bags are either not compostable or compostable only in rare situations.

BeyondGreen “Compostable” Dog Waste Bags Complaint

Case Event History

BeyondGreen “Compostable” Dog Waste Bags Complaint

November 29, 2021

As people become more environmentally conscious, the companies are looking for ways to make their products seem more environmentally friendly or supportive of sustainability. BeyondGreen Biotech, Inc. makes dog waste bags that it advertises are compostable. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that this is a deceptive claim and that the bags are either not compostable or compostable only in rare situations.

BeyondGreen “Compostable” Dog Waste Bags Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Item Does Not Do What It Is Advertised to Do, Not Compostable