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Seeking Recyclable Soil Bags to sell Biochar In

 
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I'm looking to start my own small scale Biochar business selling 1 cu ft bags to local garden supply and hardware stores. I'll need to find a supplier of bags to put the Biochar in. My biggest concern is to create a bag that will help customers passing by the product realize the value of the stuff because very few people know what Biochar even is. I'm thinking of printing a picture on the bag like this demonstrating how plants grow with and without Biochar along with other facts about biochar.

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A couple of questions for you...   How many bags do you need per year?  And when you say "recyclable" do you mean that they can recycle them at the curb or that they can return them to you for reuse?  You may want to consider "compostable" or "reusable" as an option.  Lastly, how fine is the biochar?  For instance, if you used burlap for the bag, would it dust up the store or make a mess?

Novel packaging could set your product apart.  I'm guessing you'd charge a fair amount for the char so charging an extra dollar for good packaging may be worth it.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:A couple of questions for you...   How many bags do you need per year?  And when you say "recyclable" do you mean that they can recycle them at the curb or that they can return them to you for reuse?  You may want to consider "compostable" or "reusable" as an option.  Lastly, how fine is the biochar?  For instance, if you used burlap for the bag, would it dust up the store or make a mess?

Novel packaging could set your product apart.  I'm guessing you'd charge a fair amount for the char so charging an extra dollar for good packaging may be worth it.



I'm mostly in the process of planning at the moment so I really am not sure how much I'll be selling. And novelty compostable bags would be a homerun. However I've read that with Biochar the finer the better so natrually that is definitely a concern. And the average price I've found online is about $30-40 per cu ft so I think your right that I could invest in some quality packaging. Will definitely consider a custom burlap sack option like this Thanks!
 
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Maybe a custom cotton bag would be fine enough?  Or have an internal paper bag that holds in the dust and that all goes inside the burlap bag.  Kind of like how cement bags are paper but have a plastic bag inside them to keep the dust in.

For burlap I was imagining a printed label that was stitched onto the bag.  Then you could have fine print and pictures show up.

Oh, I bet reusing a burlap coffee bag would be sweet.  If they're available/cheap.
 
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Ahh I like the burlap coffee bag idea. Maybe print my labels on paper and just staple them to the bags and line the burlap bags with a paper bag like you said.
 
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Yup, that sounds perfect to me.  Good luck!
 
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I think I've found my solution. A screen printed burlap bag with a large basic logo "_______ Biochar" with a hang tag on the draw string with all the information and pictures I was hoping to put on the packaging. And I'll put the char in a paper bag liner inside the burlap sack. Just need to find a good durable paper bag liner... Thanks for the help!
 
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My pleasure!  My consulting fee is one bag of biochar  
 
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