I’m going to donate one free copy of my upcoming earthbag book to the first person who locates a US supplier of raschel mesh bags. (Must be a type of bag or tube that’s suitable for earthbag building. Check carefully. There’s a 3/8″x3/8″ (approx.) mesh bag made of threads that soil would probably fall through.)
There’s probably at least one US supplier because the bags are used to pack fruit and vegetables. It seems like California is the most likely place to look due to the large agricultural production in the area.
Another option is to email the major suppliers in China and ask for contact info of US distributors. All it takes is one good source…
We have a winner, folks. A reader who goes by the name techSam sent links to two companies that carry raschel mesh bags. TechSam wins a free copy of my book when it becomes available in a few weeks. A big thank you to those who sent suggestions.
United Bags, Inc.
Volm Companies, Inc.
(His third suggestion of a company that carries crawfish bags may or may not work, so I won’t post the information at this time. But maybe someone can test those bags and report back to us.)
TechSam also located a supplier that sells rolls of the same mesh material!
Plaspack USA, Inc.
Note: Use due diligence to ensure you have the right product before making a purchase. (Compare to the close-up photos on our site, order one sample bag, check sizes, etc.) These companies have lots of similar products. We’ll be posting more details as we have time to help make sure you get the right bags.
Update: Evie sent this suggestion. TechSam beat her out by just minutes, so I’m going to think of a suitable runner-up prize for her effort.
Update: TechSam located some more companies.
MasterNet LTD They make wattle netting that may or may not work. TechSam said they also sell mesh bags.
Bag Supplies Canada
JumboSack They sell mesh bags and poly tubes.
DelStar Inc. Bags and rolls, but I can’t tell if this is the same kind of material.
Chris sent this recommendation:
Fruit Grower’s Supply Company in California
Chris suggests googling fruit packaging supplies or potato packaging supplies and you should get a selection to choose from that is closer to you. He also said the manufacturers in China are cheap! .01-.02 a bag. The weights of the rolls don’t seem too bad either. Around 2 kg = 4.4 lbs.