Thursday, December 02, 2010

Purina Sucks


Well, kind of. Granted, Purina products are a great feeds for livestock and pets, but a couple months ago they made a move away from paper feed sacks to a #5 woven plastic sack. Yes, the sacks are stronger and are unlikely to break in transit, but they are totally un-recyclable.

If you go to the Purina web site you can find their explanation of cost savings and durability. They do talk about the difficulty of recycling, but they are going to continue production.

I would like to use a different feed that doesn't use plastic sacks, but there is no substitution for Purina quality. There were a lot of disappointed kids at the Fair this year because when they used other feeds their animals weren't able to achieve market weight and they all went running back to the Purina brand.

With the amount of feed I use with the chickens and horses I will have have over a hundred plastic sacks to take to the dump next year. I am going to save and store them in the even Purina decides to take back the empty sacks from feed stores for recycling.

If you are concerned about these sacks, please go to the Purina web site and register your complaint.

12 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

You could start a movement. Have everybody save up their sacks for a year and take them to the nearest Purina plant and dump them in the parking lot right behind the CEO's car so he can't get out.

7:24 AM  
Blogger mark said...

I was going to suggest mailing them to Purina, but I like darev's suggestion.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest edition of Backyard Chickens magazine has a big spread on the plastic purina bag controversy. We mostly by Albers feed which come in paper bags, which we recycle easily, but we occasionally by purina and so far have found many uses for the plastic ones.

6:47 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

There head quarters is in Darev's state. Let's send them to him and he can deliver.

Critter is that a good magazine? I've considered subscribing.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is a good magazine, we really enjoy reading it. If I saw you more often I'd share some of my back issues.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

you could sew them together and make tarp? Use them to line a pen or a coop? Line the bed of your truck?

7:43 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Critter, I'll see you in April ; )

Joanne, Me sew? I can't even tie a knot, and they are just woven, not coated so they aren't water resistant. Their only use is to hold feed, once.

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having read the contents of bags of Purina dog food, I have wondered how an animal survives the first year let alone for the two plus additional years that Purina claims when the animal eats the food. It is one of those advertising mysteries.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Bpaul said...

The organic layer pellets I use just went plastic too, it's called Payback (weird name). I use them as gamebags for rabbit and duck, which does give them a bit more of a life before they go into the landfill. They are especially helpful with the Rabbit (especially Jack Rabbit) because they have a tendency to poke out of thinner plastic bags and bleed all over everything. We use a feed back then a construction-grade plastic on the outside to carry the game back in the truck. Has been working great.

Bp

8:49 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

You can repurpose on bag, but that still leaves the others to a land fill.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purina dog and cat food is owned and made by Nestle, and is a completely different company than the Purina that makes livestock, horse, etc. feed. That Purina is owned by Land O'Lakes.

9:52 AM  
Blogger ed granger said...

How about something more important like having POOR COWS that won't eat the cubes they make.. what is it you all sweep up to put into these cubes

6:29 PM  

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