Creative Reuses for Plastic Feed Bags

Plastic feed bags, also called, poly weave bags, have been on the market for many years now and unlike their paper predecessors, there are many uses of poly feed bags once their job of delivering feed is complete.

Why Poly?

Poly feed bags are made from a recyclable plastic material and generally fall into the #5 recyclable plastic category. Feed manufacturers and retailers alike have embraced the use of poly over paper for the many benefits they offer.  For instance, poly bags reduce or eliminate the need for shrink wrap on a pallet of feed, with the use of special glue that locks the bags into place.

For feeds higher in oil or molasses, traditional paper bags required an extra layer or two (usually plastic)  to keep the oil or molasses from seeping through the bag and compromising the strength of the paper.  In many instances, switching to  poly bags reduces the amount material used for feed bags.

Poly bags also reduce the amount of broken bags during moving in a warehouse or truck therefore, reducing the amount of wasted feed.  And though not waterproof, poly bags hold up better if exposed to rain, snow or other forms of moisture.

Ideas for Reuse

Here are some creative reuses of poly bags:

Container garden
Container garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bags as baskets
Bags as baskets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bags as a tote
Bags as a tote
Bags as a raincoat in a pinch
Bags as a raincoat in a pinch
Bags as a dress
Bags as a dress

What creative ways do you reuse poly bags?

8 Replies to “Creative Reuses for Plastic Feed Bags”

    1. Hi Judy, We’ve got a tutorial on making totes/garden planters over on our poultry blog, if you are interested in learning how to do this! Check it out here.

      For the basket, you can find instructions here.

      Thanks ~ Gina T.

  1. I used a bag under a foot stool. My cat was getting under and scratching and making a mess. I just turned the foot stool over and cut a rectangle out of the bag to the approximate size of the bottom of the stool. Used a staple gun to attach and folded to fit before stapling. Will be doing this on my coffee table sized ottoman next.

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