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Old 08-08-2008, 04:55 PM   #31
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Wow. Are old t-shirts durable? I guess you can wash the cat hair off of them easily enough!
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:22 PM   #32
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I use them. I got a Green Bag - Making a Difference at Walgreens for $1.

I got a Hy-Vee brand bag at Hy-Vee (local area grocery store) for $1.

I got a large Aldis bag at Aldis for $2.

I got a large Maurices bag that folds up and snaps shut so it's handy to put away or in your purse for $2.

I g a small Target bag that zips up into a wallet sized bag for $1. This one stays in my purse.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:50 PM   #33
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I love my green bags too! Mine are a larger kind and I take them everywhere, no matter what store! The whole purpose is to use them, wrong name or not. I still want my raw chicken or leaky meat in a plastic bag before being put in my cloth bag.

Anyone have an alternative to this? I guess I could always use a plastic trash bag and then just use it next after getting home. Double duty, so to speak.
I do the same thing now. We picked a bunch up one day, the good strong kind that can be washed (they have a removable hard plastic bottom for when you wash them). They are pretty tough and hold up well so far even when piled high with heavy stuff.
Anything that might leak I also have wrapped in plastic bags. When I get home I wash them as I have dogs and they are good for the doggie waste bin.
Not a perfect solution but anything that serves double duty is better than single use and toss. Also our local grocery stores will take back plastic bags even if torn for recycling, so if we start to accumulate to many we take some back with us.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:56 PM   #34
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Wow. Are old t-shirts durable?
Mine don't seem to be

However, the local Goodwill takes any clothes no matter how torn or stained they might be. The ladies in the back sort them out between which ones they can sell and which ones they can't. They then send off the ones they can't sell to be used as rags and such by some recycling company.
They also had a program where they sent off used bikes that needed too much repair to be used in third world countries (not a fair name I know) in place of electric appliances. IE they turned them into stationary bikes and peddled them to power mixers and grinders and such. Kinda cool.
Some even get hooked up to generators to re-charge batteries.
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:49 AM   #35
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I think I just might try making some for myself and see how they work, then maybe I really will sell them. How much would a person be willing to pay for a "designer" one, I wonder? I'm guessing durable, stylish fabric will be a little pricey. I'll have to take a trip to the craft store next week and check.
There's no way of knowing what you have to price the item in order to make a profit. Generally the rule is twice the cost of the items needed to make one bag, plus your time. Be realistic in your pricing and if the bag is a good quality and the design of the fabric is appealing I would pay up to $5.00. But that's me. Try asking different prices for bags that are different in the original cost. If they're well made they will last a very long time. You might want to sell them on a wholesale basis to specialty shops as well. I once owned a cat themed shop and we could have blown cat designed bags out the door. Same with my year round Christmas shop. I would love using bags with a Chirstmas pattern. Use your imagination and I hope you follow through.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:35 AM   #36
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I use the plastic grocery bags for:

Garbage bags in the bathrooms or and small garbage can
To pound out chicken breasts for scallopini
Lunch bags
Poo bags for the dog
Wrap and tie a paint roller tray for easy cleanup. The handles wrap right around the little legs.
To give away excess tomatoes (lol)

I keep them in a drawer in my kitchen for easy access.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:53 AM   #37
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I used both the canvas bags and the plastic bags.
I use the plastic ones for uses around the house
much like everyone else. The ones I don't use
do go to the recycling bin at my store.
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:04 PM   #38
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This is an interesting link about plastic bags... looks like most of us try to do the responsible thing... but the use of them as handy items around the house usually means they end up in a land fill somewhere. Occasionally I end up with a plastic bag here or there, but I don't use them for anything except to take back to the store to recycle.
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:15 PM   #39
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I've been using heavy-duty woven nylon-coated bags for almost 25 years. Bought them back in Maryland from our Giant Food grocery chain. Liked them so much, I made three more out of rip-stop nylon. All my bags are washable and none of them show any signs of wear. The rip-stop nylon ones fold up/ball up so small they can almost fit in my pocket.

As for the plastic ones the stores use, I save a few for the purposes already mentioned. The rest, plus any produce bags, bakery bags, frozen vegetable bags, etc. all go into the recycling bin.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:32 PM   #40
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Mostly I shop with canvas bags. Now and then I get plastic. The stores recycle the plastic ones.

I usually read the newspaper online. Now and then I pick up a real newspaper. A paper grocery bag is the perfect size for storing them until I have enough to recycle the whole thing.
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