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#1 of 8 Old 09-26-2008, 03:40 AM - Thread Starter
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I think I am going to make the switch to biodegradable poop bags, which btw DH thinks is crazy. He does not understand why I would pay for bags when the grocery store includes them in the price of oatmeal and veggies. But, if I stop bringing home bags from the store, obviously we'll have to do something, since we live in a condo and you have to pickup after your dog. Anyway, what do you use for your bulk items like rice or granola that normally you would scoop into the plastic bag? I was thinking about getting some muslin from the fabric store and making a few produce/bulk item bags, but I'm not sure about the weights and how that affects the pricing.
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How about getting the thin "bulk food bags" from the store, transfering the items to sturdier containers at home, then re-using those bags for dog poop cleanup?

Though I suppose you COULD use some kind of reusable pooper-scooper without bags, bring the scooper home filled with poop after each walk, empty it into the toilet and wash it out each day. I think that would be preferable to a washable poop bag- maybe that just seems worse to me than "dirty diapers" because I've never had a dog and I find dog poop more unpleasant than baby poop?

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I take my jars to the bulk store with me, but at my bulk store we weigh the items before we get to the register. Most of the jars are all the same weight, so I just weigh one of them to know the tare weight. Then I fill them up, tare the scale and print the tags for them.

The first time I did it, I only took 1 size of jar, and left one empty. If your store weighs at the register, you can hand them the empty one and tell them to tare the scale against that before weighing.

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If you wanted something lighter than muslim you could try netting.

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I had an old sheer curtain that I sewed into drawstring bags for produce and bulk items. The fabric has a tight weave so everything but very fine powder stays inside. I get my flour in large bags, not from the bulk section so this doesn't matter to me. You can also see that's in the bag without opening it which the cashier likes.

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i used these for a long time, but have gotten out of the habit. they hardly weigh anything.

although the cashiers at the commissary thought i was kind of weird, and one lady got upset that she had to open them to see, but hey, one person in 3 years isnt bad, lol

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Don't worry about the weight, just make sure that you know how much it weighs and write it on the bag as the "tare weight." Every place that I know where they sell bulk items enter a tare weight for their own bags as well.
I asked one days because I was buying 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and the bag and twist tie weighed more than the cinnamon. The checker said, "oh, don't worry, we have tares for all our bags and ties." I was glad to know

Just take the bag or jar or whatever to the check stand before you fill it and they will tell you how much is weighs. My containers now have it written on them permanently.
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I use these bags which are super light and nice colors. They're handmade (and I'm sure you could make them yourself too) www.kootsac.etsy.com

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