A New Way to Recycle Bags – by Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network

Recycle your old reusable bags

by Robin Shreeves from the Mother Nature Network

ChicoBag and The Grateful Thread team up to give a second life to tired reusable bags while helping those in need.

Fri, Feb 18 2011 at 9:14 AM EST
I have a pile of reusable grocery bags from Wegmans that I don’t use anymore. They sit at the bottom of the cabinet where I keep my bags. Some are ripped. Some have lost the plastic piece at the bottom that helps give them their shape. There’s not good reason I haven’t gotten rid of them until now, but now I have a good way to get rid of them.
The ChicoBag Repurposing Program accepts “all your tired masses of reusable bags, functional or not” and distributes them to people who need them or recycles them into new products with the help of The Grateful Thread.
The Grateful Thread takes the reusable bags that aren’t in good condition and handcrafts them into items like handbags, coasters, yoga mat bags, aprons and more. The proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Schuylkill Women in Crisis, a nonprofit organization that provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence in rural Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
The bags you donate will directly go to help those in need, either by becoming someone else’s reusable bag or being turned into an item that will ultimately benefit women in crisis. All we have to do is send our old, tired bags off to ChicoBag. The only cost to you is the price of postage.
The bags can be mailed to:
ChicoBag Company
C/O Zero Waste Program
349 Huss Drive
Chico, CA 95928

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4 Responses to A New Way to Recycle Bags – by Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network

  1. Not fooled says:

    I’m really surprised to see this article on this site. Only about 5% of plastic bags are recycled, and that’s when the bins are right there at the supermarket where it is convient! People are not going to take the time to mail back a these bags and PAY for shipping them too. Stop being fooled by emotional pulls. Use your brain. These bags will not biodegrade just like plastic bags. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  2. Kaoru says:

    Thanks for mantioning ChicoBag’s repurposing program. The reason behind the repurposing program is simply because “we don’t want to waste anything.”
    While reusable bags are designed to be unforgettable, and technically
    much stronger than plastic bags, old reusable bags still can make
    contribution to the better society, by being reborn as fancy rugs or being used by those who have never used them before.
    Chicobag company accepts ANY reusable bags, whether or not functional.
    To learn more about it, please visit ChicoBag | Reusable Bags

  3. Gay Quisenberry says:

    I’m a little confused. The name of the post on the right says “A new way to recycle plastic bags” but from the story it sounds like the organizations listed are recycling reusable cloth bags to weave new products. Am I correct?

    • bagitmovie says:

      Hi Gay,
      Thank you so much for letting me know! I posted this while travelling in New Zealand and didn’t catch the mistake. I’ll adjust the title.

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