Today’s post is from Luke and Edwina in Australia.
“Being in Australia, and keen to explore Earthbagging, I started scouting for suppliers of the bags. There seem to be any number of Chinese companies happy to send to me, but very few local manufacturers. What I found were just two, both with national presences…
Freecall: 1800 249 963
Phone: +61 2 8785 6666 firstname.lastname@example.org
I spoke with their Southern Australian sales Manager Michael Parlington, (08 8347 1550) very helpful but only a vague awareness of earthbagging. An incredible number of options of bags they sell. The have warehouses in South Australia and Sydney. Sell PPE and Onion bags. May be able to import tubing – Sydney office still to get back to me on that. They stock double-thickness bags 40x22inch @80c each. Standard 30×18 $.48 each by the thousand. They do have misprints, but misprints come with no size options – so no ability to specify 16-20 inch widths for instance.
Phone: (03) 9322 1444 Fax: (03) 9328 4100
They don’t sell tubing (but used to) Standard 18×30 bags $.29 by the thousand (plus GST – 10% sales tax)
Do sell Onion bags – by a tube 200mm wide (no details on price) and also what they call their 20kg bag – 780x400mm. $.26c by the thousand plus GST. Onion bags have a drawstring. Pope have very little misprints, and aren’t really interested in them either.
Given my own uncertainty about what you are using/recommending for hyperadobe I’m not sure the onion bags are the thing, but others can explore that on their own. [Owen: I don’t recommend weak vegetable bags for earthbag building.]
Alternatively – for very small structures, my local garden supply depo had both the fill material and also the bags to use for it. For a very small structure (under a hundred bags) that may be more economical to explore – even with paying $1 a bag for tiny bags 650mm x 390 (25×15).”