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    thought using empty dog food bags as mailers? This thought occured to me to be able to recycle those things. They're very tough and I think it would work. Don't have anything that needs mailing right now, but will try it next tim. Anyone done this?

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    my dog and cat food bags smell horrible after emptying them, i would be afraid that what ever i put in it would come out smelling like the animal food. i don't know how you would get rid of that smell.

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    No, mostly because of the dog food smell. I'm kinda sensitive to smells, and that would send me over the edge if I received something that was "new" but had a lingering "what is that SMELL???" kinda smell...

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    I was on a website yesterday and they showed a tote made out of an empty dog food bag. EWW! My dog's food smells and I also don't want everyone to know he's on diet dog food LOL!!

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    This is so funny. You won't get anything from me with my nasty smelling cat food bags lolololol
    But I applaud you for thinking green!!!

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    If you did this, I would turn it inside out. That way the smell that is trapped on the inside, along with any residue from the food, wouldn't get on the contents of your package.

    I would think it would stand up to the abuse of the USPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I was on a website yesterday and they showed a tote made out of an empty dog food bag. EWW! My dog's food smells and I also don't want everyone to know he's on diet dog food LOL!!
    HAHAHAHA don't worry, nobody but the entire board will know your doggy is on a diet LOLOLOL :-D :-D

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    Patches don't look fat. I buy dog food in the 50lbs pound bags so unless I want to mail my dog I don't think I would use it.
    The smell I guess would be my concern. It would have to air out for a looooong time.
    However, it would be neat to make a tote with the Pedigree symbol on it. :thumbup:

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    I didn't notice any smell when I picked up the bag out of the yard for the 3rd time this am. My dog thinks its great fun to carry it around and make noise with it. Course, it could have something to do with this hot Arkansas sun.

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    You girls crack me up who smells their dog food bags after they are empty? I am picturing all of you sticking your noses into your dog food bag after its empty like somehow it didn't smell before when the food was in it??? Ha ha ha.

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    Here's the ultimate in recycling: before cutting the grass my DH has to de-poop the yard. Last week I looked out and he was putting it in the empty dog food bag. Is that the meaning of the saying "what goes around comes around"?

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    I have mailed stuff using an empty bird seed bag. I just cut it to size, stuff it, staple the edge closed, put packing tape over the staples to protect the postal workers, tape a label on it and take it to the post office. The post office liked my idea of covering the staples. Makes a great squishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Here's the ultimate in recycling: before cutting the grass my DH has to de-poop the yard. Last week I looked out and he was putting it in the empty dog food bag. Is that the meaning of the saying "what goes around comes around"?
    I've done that too

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    can anyone of you post a picture of this bags, because i donīt know about what you are speaking... i have just funny ideas about this in my mind... i think boxes and bags for cat and dog food are international very very different... ;-)

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    No, I haven't thought of dog food bags but I do use the bags inside ceral boxes to store a cut onion or cucumber in the fridge. I follow the reuse/recycle motto.

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    I wouldn't because I have seen dog food that is almost greasy. It leaves a residue on the inside of the dog bowl and I wouldn't want anything that I put in there getting that same nastiness on it. Plus like someone else said I buy my dog food in 50# bags. I would have to send ALOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Here's the ultimate in recycling: before cutting the grass my DH has to de-poop the yard. Last week I looked out and he was putting it in the empty dog food bag. Is that the meaning of the saying "what goes around comes around"?
    We do the same thing...I use really old barbeque tongs(retired)
    and attach the bag to the fence with a clothes pin
    ;-)

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    The dog food that I use comes in a bag that is printed on the outside and looks like very heavy aluminum foil on the inside. When the bags are empty, I cut them open so that I have one large flat piece, wipe them with soapy water and rinse them. There is no dog food smell.

    Then, when I am going to mail something, I cut and fold them to whatever size I need. I fold one edge over the other (no staples needed) and seal with packing tape. A permanent felt pen will write on the surface and will not smear. They are virtually bomb-proof and much lighter (and therefore cheaper) than using a sturdy cardboard box.

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    If you put whatever you were mailing in a ziplock bag (fabric?) it might work out okay.

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    My EVO brand dog food leaves a greasy residue in the bag. Other than that, hilarious idea! Especially if you've spent years reading interesting complaints about odors on the eBay forums. Love it.

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    I've seen a purse made out of an empty Community Coffee Louisiana Blend bag - !!

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    I hope I don't get banned because this is a little off topic, but it has to do with the recycling part of this thread. When my mom was alive and living in a senior complex in another state, all the residents would wait in the lobby for the mailman to come. I started sending her "naked mail". I took a plastic placemat and on the back side, drew a line down the middle and used it like a post card, her address on the right side, and a note on the left side. One time, I sent her some small things in a coke bottle (lay it on it's side, cut a slit lengthwise, fill with goodies, put the address label over the slit, glue the lid on). I had these really tiny (about 1.5 inch) gift cards - I wrote "hi mom, love Barbara", and kept putting it in larger envelopes. I ended up with 11 envelopes. She said when she got it, she thought it was a piece of fabric I told her I was mailing her. After about the 3rd envelope, everyone stopped and watched her open all the envelopes, they all laughed. I would send her a card about once a week and fill it with different kinds of confetti. The other residents were always anxious to see what I would send. Mom has passed and I miss her so very much - I'm glad I was able to put a little sunshine in her last years. (sorry this is so long).

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    I love your thoughtfulness and you gave your Mom so much happiness with you clever ideas in her last days.

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    As I sit here eating my cereal, I now have my laugh and my joy for the day. Thanks all for making my morning.

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    As I sit here eating my cereal, I now have my laugh and my joy for the day. Thanks all for making my morning.

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