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    calico bags

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Im gradually accumulating a pile of empty beanbay calico bags thats got me wondering ... mmm, what the heck am I going to do with all these? :-?

    Do creative, lateral thinking CSers out there have novel ways of re-using their bags in some shape or form?

    Or, Andy, can I suggest a recycling scheme where perhaps (off the top of my head) CSers could drop them off at the pick-up points (with their approval, of course), and they could somehow be freighted back to you in Melbourne for you to re-use?

    Or would this be logistically too difficult ...

    Otherwise, maybe Il dig the sewing machine out & whip up some [s]chaffing[/s] snazzy trousers :D

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    Great Question!!
    I will fess up, I have just thrown the few i have finished into the bin and it does seem a real waste but i have no other use for them.

    Not sure what the solution would be

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    Re: calico bags

    I had a chat to Andy at the last bean pickup about his very thing.

    As Tony mentioned, it might be a logistics problem for the bulk of the bags.
    It might be possible to organise something at the Melbourne pickup, but needs a bit more thought.

    And then, the conversation got silly for some reason. Something to do with one of us suggesting Andy convert the SNOBS van into a series of dispensing silos and we just turned up to the bean collection with our bags and filled up our quotas, weighed them and moved on.

    Next phase would be to mount a PA on the roof and have Andy driving slowly through suburbs like Carlton and Brunswick spruiking "Coffee Man. Coffee Man. We got Yirg, Kenyan, a cheeky PNG peaberry and a surprisingly good deacf. "

    At this stage Andy smiled politely and averted his gaze.

    Happens a lot.

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    Re: calico bags

    Or Andy could have a cart he pulls along and yells out "bring out yer bags" "bring out yer bags" ;D

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    Re: calico bags

    And we could all line the streets singing Tambourine Man, only well change the title to GreenBean Man

    Hey Mr Green Bean man bring a bag for me,
    Im not sleepy, and I probably never will be...


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    Re: calico bags

    Fatboy, Im having trouble finding a "PA" to mount on the roof, something about *the personal assistant union and my wife wasnt too keen on me doing that either.

    Bolb, Im pretty happy with the Fiat (and the heater this time of year) so I think Ill pass on the python-esk cart idea.

    22a, nice work on the lyrics... might be a whole new thread of coffee inspired songs.

    Back to Tonys initial post... I had an email from one of our most southern CSrs asking the very same question this morning and it has been mentioned a few times in the past.

    When Simon came to Melbourne for Celebrate the bean from Tassie he packed the used bags and dropped them off when he got there.

    Im all for the reuse of the bags. *Its the best form of recycling!

    I thought about giving people a credit for returning the bags but the paperwork involved in that would be a nightmare. *I think the better solution would be if we will donate 0.40c to FairCrack for every bag that comes back.

    Now the gotcha... freight!
    I have no idea how to get the bags back here without spending a pile on freight and negating the donation value. *The Melbourne pickup point is easy enough but the rest of the country is a more of a problem. *

    Adam in Hobart thought that maybe they could be returned to the pickup points (like Tony suggested) but that still doesnt answer the freight problem and the pickup points are already helping CS out (I really dont want us to become a burden)

    So clever CSrs... how can we make this work?


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    ha - Id just been e-mailing Andy on this very topic.

    Andy did some quick maths and figured that it would take in the order of 25 bags to break even on shipping a 3kg postage satchel, which is $9.30 at the moment.

    Anyone weighed a bag? how many could we stuff in a 3kg satchel?

    Id be more than happy to volunteer some time and cupboard space to hoard bags until they can be sent in bulk.

    As for other uses for bags? Im a keen bulk food shopper, and they are fantastic for filling with any manner of dried goods [beans, lentils, rice...] and storing them. If you were really at a loose end [or the bags were getting a tad threadbare], I reckon the unbleached ones would make a good weed mat in the vegie patch ;-)

    If bag return doesnt work out I think Ill start donating my excess bags to a couple of local food co-ops, as a stash of re-usable bags for when people forget their own..

    cheerio!



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    They make a cute poncho for a smallish dog, and he/she can run around advertising CS when you go to the park.

    You can try stuffing them in a quilt or pillow.

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    Curtains for a very small Punch & Judy show.

    A cape for a tiny matador. Olé!

    On a slightly more serious note, should they be washed, cleaned etc.
    Or just use common sense EG: I wouldnt mind if my next order was put straight into it!

    Brett.

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    excess bags to a couple of local food co-ops, as a stash of re-usable bags for when people forget their own.
    That is a great reuse too. Nothing nasty just natural unbleached cotton. (Most of the ones we have had have been unbleached)

    Just dont put them in landfill CSrs!

    should they be washed, cleaned etc.
    I dont think they need to be washed.

    ...saves water
    ...saves our planet from more detergent

    and even second-hand they will be in much better condition than most of original jute bags from coffee origin.


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    Re: calico bags

    Quote Originally Posted by Wine_of_the_Bean link=1210750122/0#7 date=1210806759
    They make a cute poncho for a smallish dog, and he/she can run around advertising CS when you go to the park. *
    Nunu, tell us you didnt, pleease.

    Alternatively, show us the picture. :P

    Do the bags have to be returned "Express"? Is there a cheaper but less timely way to do it? It isnt as though Andy will be holding out for returned bags to complete a Beanbay....

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    Dont have a dog, and both the cats would shred me to bits if I tried.

    Maybe you could use them for potpourri?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine_of_the_Bean link=1210750122/0#11 date=1210818934
    Dont have a dog, and both the cats would shred me to bits if I tried.

    Maybe you could use them for potpourri?
    Not sure how cats would go as potpourri perhaps potpurry though I think that the sound emitted by the cats would be rather more painful to the ear than purring.


    Back to bags I mentioned this to Andy a long time ago and the freight was still the problem. I am quite happy to collect up the Canberra bags for a bulk return - perhaps Ill have to institute a new for old on the pickups.

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    I am quite happy to collect up the Canberra bags for a bulk return
    Excellent Neil, thats a start.

    Australia post (parcel post, in a box) would be about the cheapest freight and if you can collect them until there is a good sized pile then we will ship them back here.




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