Tote bags

Gone With the Dogs on Highway 24 is selling tote bags that have been made locally from repurposed animal feed bags.

The bags are produced out of donated feed bags and duct tape by volunteer members of Chaffee Green, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s sustainability advocacy initiative.

“These kinds of bags are virtually indestructible, obviously, for carrying 20 to 50 pounds of product through shipping and stacking, etc.,” said Wendy Hall, a member of the group. Of course, with that durability comes an environmental concern: “If the feed bags end up in the landfill, they will literally never decompose.”

Hall said that the group had previously been leaving bags at City Market.

“The bags are fun and easy to make (all you need is a ruler, scissors and duct tape), but our small group of volunteers cannot keep up with demand,” she said.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Chaffee Green for tote-making training sessions. The group could also use duct tape donations, Hall said, as it can take up to 3 yards of tape to make a single bag.

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