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Repurposing Scratch & Peck Feeds Bags

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Our staff and customers are clever, innovative, conscientious people, so when we asked, “How do you repurpose your Scratch and Peck feed bags,” we knew we’d receive an array of answers. What we didn’t anticipate was the treasure trove of ideas that resulted and we’re excited to share them! But first, why the heck do we care what happens to our feed bags after they leave our mill? Because we each have a responsibility to our planet, and as a business, we take that seriously.

Scratch and Peck Feed Bag RepurposedIn 2017, we achieved our B Corp Certification. To achieve this certification, a company must demonstrate high social & environmental standards graded on topics ranging from employee benefits, community welfare support, environmental impact and carbon footprint measures, and more through a verifiable impact assessment. We didn’t work for that certification simply to be able to say we’re a B Corp, but instead to stake our claim and hold our feet to the fire of reducing the waste. One of the many ways we’re standing true to that is by having food waste bins in our breakrooms (for lunch scraps and coffee grounds) and around the mill (for grains and ingredients that don’t make it into our feeds). We encourage all employees to compost green materials in our breakroom. We also recycle all cardboard that comes into our facility, as well as the packaging that comes inside those boxes. We have introduced reinforced cardboard packaging for our 8lb grubs, and are always prototyping and working toward reducing single-use plastic and finding effective packaging options.

We’re of course proud of these accomplishments, and excited to explore how else we can be better stewards of our planet. Thankfully, we have all of you on our side willing to share your waste-reducing innovation and ingenuity. So, without further ado, here are some of the ways we and many of our customers repurpose our feed bags. Please do leave a comment if you have other wonderful repurposing ideas to share. And to see some of these uses in action and to share your own photos, follow #scratchandpeckbagsrepurposed on Instagram

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Photo Credit: Purplestemfarm via Instagram

Better yet, post your own reuse of our bags and tag your photo!

  • I use your feed bags to line my worm bins for composting. They are the perfect size, thickness, and the ink won’t hurt the worms. – Leah P.
  • Use damaged feed bags in food waste bins to collect scraps and such. When the bag is full, simply take it to the compost bin.
  • All my feed bags go under roosting bars to make coop clean up super fast and easy. Just roll them up and toss. Via @ppeacocks
  • I use them for holding my mixed paper recycling. When it’s time to take it to the dump, it’s easy. No mess. No yucky hands. Via @jomamas_mama
  • Run them through a shredder. They’re great for the compost pile or a worm bed.
  • For parties and gatherings, tack the feed bag to a wall and use them as recycling bins.
  • Winterize a drafty coop by stuffing paper bags into the cracks and/or stapling the paper onto the interior
  • Use them under paint cans to prevent drips or toss them onto the garage floor to catch oil drips under a car

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    Photo Credit: Sabrina S.
  • Build up your garden bed by laying down the feed bags (the inks on our bags are biodegradable and safe for soils.)
  • Lay on the kitchen counter to catch vegetable peelings, then simply wrap everything up and toss it into compost
  • Use as wrapping paper
  • Use in the bottom of bird or bunny cages for easy housecleaning
  • Tear open the bags and use the backside of the paper for drawing or painting (we have a customer who makes lovely paintings on our feed bags!)

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