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Contest for Finding U.S. Mesh Bag Supplier — 15 Comments

  1. I would like to also mention that many bag suppliers have a minimum purchase.
    I was trying to get a 1000 ft of raschel to test from Volm. They will only sell full rolls and have a $250 dollar minimum order. $250 dollars to test a material that may not work is a bit pricey to me. The sample they sent looked promising, but was too small to test.

    • These companies really need to send a useful sample like one bag, otherwise there’s no way to know for sure if it will withstand heavy pounding.

      But bit by bit we’re accumulating lists of suppliers and testing their products. Eventually some companies will come out on top and make the whole process much easier.

  2. From Milton:
    Contact: Annmarie Lambertson
    Wasserman Bag Co.
    70 Commerce Pl.
    Hicksville, NY 11801
    (516) 681-5900
    (516) 681-5905 Fax

    50lb bags
    Used onion bags .23
    New onion bags .33

    Master bag is 21 x 32 .225

  3. Thanks Owen. None of the sources listed above are anywhere close to 6 cents each. The cheapest for raschel that I have found is Wholesale Discount (http://www.wholesalediscountmarket.com/acatalog/Onion_Bags.html) and they are 19 cents a piece before shipping. Located in Florida, the shipping to the West costs more then the bags. Even the places that offer used solid poly bags want almost as much as new. I had one outfit in the south east want over 30 cents a piece for a used 18×30 bag. Misprints were the same. Raschel or regular mesh which should be much less expensive is almost as high as the regular solid bags. I have found no one who offers the raschel or mesh used. The only place that had a fairly good deal on non mesh was the bag supplier from Oregon (Pacific Packaging). Unfortunately the shipping makes these bags unreasonable for people who live out of state.
    I would hazard a guess that most of us who want to build using earthbags are on a fairly tight budget. High shipping costs can eat up a bunch of money fast.

    I will look to see if there are any juice marketers in the LA area that buy fruit in bags.

  4. I contacted Fruit Growers Supply in Riverside Ca today. I was hoping to find a reasonably priced and close distance wise source of bags. Unfortunately Fruit Growers is not it. Their best price in quantity for 18×30 mesh bags was 56 cents each if purchased in lots of a 1000 or more. Less then a 1000 the price went up to 68 cents. I will keep searching.

    • I recommend looking for companies who use the bags and have large quantities left over. That’s what I do. I’m paying 6 cents each. I could probably buy in bulk and get them even cheaper. I’m not saying everyone can do this, but it’s certainly worth a try. Plus, you’ll be using a recycled product and keeping the bags out of the landfill.

      So here’s the basic process:
      1. Ask the bag manufacturer/supplier who is buying these bags, or at least find out what they’re commonly used for (transporting limes?, etc.).
      2. Try to track down who is buying the limes (wholesale fruit buyers?, juice factories?).
      3. Approach the end user (factory, etc.) and try to buy the used bags in bulk, making sure they’re still in good condition. You should be able to find the bags after they’ve been used one time. This means they should be in mint condition. They’re very strong and shouldn’t be damaged from just one use. The bags we used were tamped extremely hard and did not tear, so it seems highly unlikely the bags would be damaged by sitting in the back of a truck.

      I’ll probably turn this into a blog post because this could help lots of people. Thanks for contributing and please let us know the results of your search, whether successful or not. Maybe we can all learn from your experience.

  5. I am a reasearcher, so this is just too much fun to stop.

    This place makes net bags, but also bags specifically for erosion control:

    http://www.masternetltd.com/vexar-other-vexar-products.php

    This place is in Canada, but has a broad variety of net/mesh bags:

    http://www.bagsupplies.com/netbags.htm

    Delstar sells by the roll, and lists the hole size. There is one size that is 1/4″

    http://www.delstarinc.com/pdf/DelStar-Food-Safe-2004.pdf

    And last is Jumbo Sack, which includes superadobe tube as one of the applications for their custom bags, and they sell mesh bags, so they may be a good source since they understand the intended use:

    http://www.jumbosack.com/js_product.html

    • Congratulations techSam. You are the official winner. I posted the announcement on our blog at the bottom of the post, and sent you an email. Thanks for help. I’ll be in contact when my book is finished. (About one month.)

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