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Thread: BeanBay - Cotton Bag Recycling

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    BeanBay - Cotton Bag Recycling

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    This is mentioned in lots of different places already but can get buried in other content.

    YES

    We do recycle the BeanBay Green Bean Cotton Bags.

    Return them empty, open and sticker removed to:

    CoffeeSnobs
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    Don't forget to tell us who you are!

    We'll even put a $0.50/bag credit in BeanBay when we receive them but please only return bags that you would be happy for us to send to your mother.

    Over the years we have had them come back covered in pet hair, dirt, poo?!?! (those ones smelt REALLY bad) and certainly couldn't be reused. There is no need to wash them, just empty, open and sticker removed is good and obviously you won't receive a credit for unusable ones.

    Typically people wait till they have a good sized pile to justify the freight costs but we have no minimum or maximum on the returns.
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    How about some with the old Coffee Snobs logo?
    I've got a stack of those in a cupboard somewhere too.
    My mother likes old, obsolete things.

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    Yeah, we accept all CS bags even though it's less likely the non-zipper ones will be reused because the zip are way better to use than wire ties.
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    Great idea. I was very excited to count out 20 bags Iíve been hoarding. $10 to my next purchase! Then I realised a satchel would be $11. Guess Iíll keep hoarding till Iíve got more bags and the equation works in my favour!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjoyce View Post
    Guess I’ll keep hoarding till I’ve got more bags and the equation works in my favour!
    We understand but unfortunately freight is expensive and there's no real way around it. We even tried to source some return satchels that could be used but they were more expensive than over the counter postage. The only real option would be to add a deposit to the cotton but that would get messy quick too.

    You might find as the pile gets bigger that someone like Sendle might work out okay (slow but cheap).
    https://try.sendle.com/pricing

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    Great idea but the coffeesnobs bags are in great demand amongst my family and friends as vegetable bags. Great for storing or transporting veggies or even taking to the supermarket instead of plastic
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    Yeah, we do the same the zipper is excellent for stopping the round ones from rolling around in the car but it's not just vegies... at Christmas they were excellent ham bags to stop the leftovers from sweating in the fridge and mushrooms are way happier in cotton too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Yeah, we do the same the zipper is excellent for stopping the round ones from rolling around in the car but it's not just vegies... at Christmas they were excellent ham bags to stop the leftovers from sweating in the fridge and mushrooms are way happier in cotton too.
    Ah beat me to it! I used them for keeping the ham alive last Christmas too. I was going to patent this idea......
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    Cool

    Just an FYI for everyone - you can *just* fit 38 cotton bags inside a 3kg satchel
    (possibly more, but that's all I had Ö. )
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    an here was me thinking how cool these new zippered bags would be to use as spart parts bags at work
    pull one out with cs logo for my electrical parts ��
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    Iím in the same boat as many of you, these bags will be reused for shopping!

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    My wife uses them as bags for her knitting projects. That means none of mine will ever be recycled :-)
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    I think 'repurposed' counts just as highly as recycling...

    Mal.
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    I’ve “upholstered” my shed stool with a pair of the earlier non zipped CS bags.....
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    well had to order some more of these bags this morning, nice that they'll be coming with beans in them
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    I use one for my daughters morning tea at Kindy. They have to separate their morning snack from their lunch and pug it in a communal trolley so she knows which one is hers as itís a coffee snobs bag.
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    Sewed some out of date green beans (robusta, never did acquire the taste) into the coffeesnobs bags. 2 minutes in the microwave and they are an amazing heat pack. Come to think of it, I'll warm these two up right now!

    That said, I must have 50+ bags lying around here, will send 'em back to you, Andy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjoyce View Post
    Great idea. I was very excited to count out 20 bags Iíve been hoarding. $10 to my next purchase! Then I realised a satchel would be $11. Guess Iíll keep hoarding till Iíve got more bags and the equation works in my favour!

    Was poking around the 'net trying to find a good option to send my 50-odd bags back to Andy and found that Auspost now offers "From September 30 all Prepaid Satchels will have a maximum weight of up to 5kg regardless of the weight printed on the satchel".

    I'll take my 'up to 500 grams' prepaid satchels to the post office to confirm, but I do believe with some careful folding I can cram quite many bags into one of those satchels...

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    Philschi you are 100% correct on the new 5kg limit, there is even a post on here about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philschl View Post
    2 minutes in the microwave and they are an amazing heat pack.
    Good work, I love it.

    I'll show the girls when I get home, they are always using wheat bags and they stink.
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    is it possible to buy bags without beans they make great parts bags for work?
    and I have no issue with cs emblassoned across them, makes for good conversation at jobs

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    Iíve just used a CS bag as a travel coffee bag (inside a suitcase)

    The CS bag fits 2 x 250g coffee bags, aeropress & precision hand grinder - perfect
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    I've re-purposed (unpicked & re-sewed) some old pre ziper bags into my roaster trolley cover and one for the halogen globe work lights.

    Donated a heap to a friend who used to get a grain bag full of lentils & chickpeas each year for distribution to family & friends, everyone loved the zips.

    The OP shops like them as carry bags too.

    A Tilly Tight-wad tip - if you're using them at market/supermarket, get your fruit & veg weighed loose, then bag, otherwise you will be paying for the weight of the bag on top of your goodies, I'm only shopping for 2 these days, so its easy to do, I wouldn't bother if I was still buying apples etc 2kg at a time.

    I still have a box full of bags to return, which I intend to drop off at the Snobbery when we get to do our long delayed trip down that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shauno View Post
    Iíve just used a CS bag as a travel coffee bag (inside a suitcase)

    The CS bag fits 2 x 250g coffee bags, aeropress & precision hand grinder - perfect
    Ditto on recent trip to Canada and USA. 2 x 500g bags of Volcan Galeras filter roast, Clever Dripper and Porlex grinder stowed in CS bags, they were also great for stashing shoes in bottom of case away from clothing.
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