Today’s agricultural system is very different from those of the past. Other then small-scale organic farms, agriculture depends completely on petroleum based products and fossil fuels. Drip irrigation or “drip tape” is one of the many types of plastic materials used on farms all over the world.
Drip tape compared with other irrigation tubing is very thin and easy to puncture, which means it has a very short life of about two or three seasons. Large agribusiness’ replace drip tape annually rather than monitor punctures and leaks on such a large scale. Recycling this material can be inconvenient, time consuming and costly resulting in improper disposal by depositing in the landfill, tilling into the ground, burning, or accumulating in piles on farms. The AgBag Project is determined to give farms an outlet for these environmentally hazardous plastics. Please help us in our efforts to repurpose these wasted materials into something useful and promote a sustainable future.
Drip Tape is the perfect material for weaving bags and baskets. When flattened it measures one inch wide and has just the right balance of rigidity as well as flex so that it holds it’s shape or can be crushed to fit wherever needed. The material is a polyethylene plastic #4 and it’s impervious to water making them rot and mold free as well as extremely strong. There is no shortage of material because farms throw truckloads of drip tape away. Bringing together repurposed material and classic design is exciting! The transformation is astonishing: AgBags are beautiful and elegant The uses for these bags are infinite.