My normal collection of bags is not typical I believe. I usually have one purse I am using…and no back up. I may have a few backpacks for various activities (going to the pool, to take to the park, to go camping, etc.) but not much beyond that. I use what holds up, the rest are usually not worth my time to buy only to throw away after one season.
The majority of the bags I use were received from conventions or training seminars. They tend to be canvas type material and have done well through all sorts of uses and weather.
One collection of bags I own, though, does not fit this stereotype at all – the dog food bag collection currently happening in my garage. Yes, these large, bulky items which look like something could be done with them but which our local recycling does not accept.
This has not been a problem in the past as we did not have a dog. Now we do. A big one, about 90 lbs. He eats a fair amount of food. At this rate we will add two bags to the collection every month. I foresee this getting out of hand rather quickly, yet did not want to add yet more ‘stuff’ to the time capsule called the landfill for my great-great-great grandkids to dig up and say “Look, I found what used to pass as food for dogs!!!”
What is one to do then?
A quick online search gave me a few answers:
- Funky Recycled Pet Food Bag Purse/Tote – while I do not need another bag for the beach, these would make great bags for grocery shopping. This would also be a unique gift idea. You could either give them as a gift or to put a gift into.
- Reuse at home – to gather leaf mulch, as a container to store other items, and other uses.
- More uses at home – outdoor pillow covers, trash can liners, moisture barrier for your floors, and more ideas from commenters. I loved seeing how many others used these “what’s in my hand” items for solutions to problems they had around the home. (Holding rose bush trimmings, anyone?)
- Messenger Bag – okay, confession time. If I were to begin creating these, I think I would have a much, much larger collection of bags. I LOVE messenger bags. There is something about them which reminds me of coffee, creativity, sophistication,…coffee. This design was one using chicken feed bags, but with a bit of creative thinking it could be used for pet food bags.
If reusing or crafting are not your thing and you really just want them gone…but not to the landfill, then consider TerraCycle. They not only recycle dog food bags, but many other things as well. At this time they are only accepting certain brands of dog food, so it will not work for everyone. This is a recycling program worth checking out as they recycle the hard to recycle products, send you a shipping label which covers the cost of shipping, and even have a reward program.
Are there other ways you find to reuse or recycle your pet food bags?