Disaster Assistance Options for DuraWeave Pet Food Bags?

Ever since Purina began using of the large size polypropylene "DuraWeave" bags I have been saving them, certain a good use would arise and they would not go to waste. In particular, my first thought had been how well these might be used for sandbagging in flood situations, or passed out to victims of tornado or other disaster for salvage/clean-up efforts.


I now have roughly 500 of these, mostly the 16-18lb cat food size, but also a number of 25-33lb as well, and to my surprise, as yet have found no one interested in them. I have even contacted Purina in regard to this, and they knew of no outlets except that of their being a #5 recyclable material. Unfortunately in my location I have found no options unless I wished to pay for them to be taken for recycling. Anyone here have any good ideas along these lines?

By David

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September 4, 20130 found this helpful
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Have you tried Craig's list or freecycle! Either of these may have someone interested in the bags. Good luck!

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March 9, 20180 found this helpful

You can sew enough together for the homeless to use as tarps, tents and ground cover.

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March 10, 20180 found this helpful

If you can send them to me I'm making totes and other things and crafts and need them

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April 8, 20180 found this helpful

this is an older post so I am not not sure you still have any bags now


I would like to see how I might get them from you. I make several items from the bags . I donate a % from each bag I sell to several
local animal rescue groups. I am also going to start donate to a alzheimer 's disease group .. as my husband now has it. So please You or anyone I could use your bags.
Thanks MJ

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January 14, 20141 found this helpful
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Donate some to a local girl scout troop to make Sit-Upons.

Check to see if they are interested in them.

A scout troop can use them. Turn the edge over and install a drawstring. Very handy to keep camping stuff and firewood dry.

Insert an old bed pillow; baste closed. Put into and old pillowcase for a pet bed. Rescue organizations can use these in cages and kennels.

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September 4, 20130 found this helpful

If they are the kind you can make into shopping bags, sell or give them to the people who make them, assuming you have anyone local. Here is what they look like so you know if the bag is the right kind.


If you can't find anyone who makes them by advertising on Craigslist, you might donate them back to the pet shelters.
I hope this helps.

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February 23, 20160 found this helpful

Sandbags must be porous. I have HUGE stacks of these..two 31lbs a week. No one wants them. You can only make so many tote bags!

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March 10, 20180 found this helpful

I will use them to make stuff

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April 10, 20160 found this helpful

I don't really know if this would work but, When you go to reroof your home put the plastic bag next to the tar paper that's over the plywood then put the asphalt shingles over the bag. Seems to me this would be extra leak protection for your roof.

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

Hi David. I'm Lori. I would love to have the catfood bags you have so diligently been saving over the years.


I make aprons, pillows, purses, organizers, etc..... The only problem is: where are you located? I'm in Ontario, Canada.....

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