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This Flourissant-Based Brand is Repurposing Feedbags

Women With a (Re)Purpose: Beyond chicken feed


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Repurposing often begins with one's own waste stream. Take Caitlin Paul of Farmhouse Feedbags in Florissant. She started making a few tote bags from empty sacks of feed for her chickens in 2016. Friends encouraged her to start a business, and she now sells her bags at farmers markets and through Etsy.

"I got involved with repurposing because, truthfully, I fell in love with the pictures on the feedbags that we bought," Paul says. "The hen on the front looked like one of our favorite chickens, so I couldn't resist the idea of turning it into a bag that would last. I also hated throwing away feedbags that could be used for something else."

Paul estimates she diverts "at least 1,000 a year from the landfill" and has a steady supply from friends and neighbors who give her feedbags emptied by their llamas, horses, pigs and goats. "I can say that my life these past few years has never been without a pile of bags on my porch waiting to be reused," she says.

She's moved into computer bags, purses and aprons as Farmhouse Feedbags goes worldwide. "Some have gone to Africa and Scotland, as well as all across the U.S.," Paul says.

This article is part of a series called Women With a (Re)Purpose, which covers the enterprising women in Colorado that are transforming the waste stream into a supply chain for a wide range of products, while reshaping public perception in the process. 

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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