Animal feed bags, which contain everything from birdseed to horse feed, are made of woven plastic material and decorated with bright colors and images of animals.
Even though some of those bags have already put recycling into practice — some are made of recycled plastic bottles — a couple of ladies in central South Carolina have a way to recycle them yet again, into shopping bags that they give in return for a $10 donation to the local animal shelter.
The money goes to pay for spaying and neutering shelter cats to make them more adoptable.
Anyone with a sewing machine can make these bags, say Doris Winstead, director of the Lee County (S.C.) Animal Shelter, and her quilting buddy Judy Ingle of Sumter, S.C.
They have gotten so good at it, they can sew a bag in just 15 minutes and much of that time is spent coaxing the thick plastic material through their sewing machines.
They offer two key bits of advice: Make sure your finished bag is not bigger than 24 inches long (it gets unwieldy when filled) and don’t wash the bags in a top-loading washing machine because the agitator will tear them up.
No. 14. Turn bag right-side out and go shopping!
No. 15. After showing off your bag to all your friends and neighbors, go home, make dozens more, donate them to your local animal shelter to use as fundraisers and help save some kitties.