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What to do with my milkbags?

This question has come up a few times recently. I’m in Barrhaven, so I can only speak about our area. Milkbag supplies seem to ebb and flow … and right now, we’ve got overflow! More than enough for our groups and local schools.

However, that’s little help to people who have been collecting and don’t want milkbags to go into the landfill. So I’ve done a little searching (aka googling 🙂 ), and found the following links for the Ottawa area:

That’s right — that last entry is from the City of Ottawa itself … even though the city does not allow plastic bags in their recycling blue box. Check out the list — and you’ll see that foremost of all are Metro grocery stores.

Here in Barrhaven, our Metro at Strandherd/Woodroffe has a large blue bin in the front area where the grocery carts are. Plastic bags are not just grocery bags and milkbags; as long as it’s stretchy (but not the cling-film/saran wrap stuff), it’s a plastic bag. So — bags for breads and buns, bags for veggies and fruit, the plastic wrapper around juice box packs and other mass-quantity items, cleaned ziploc deli bags, …

Put an empty plastic bag on your kitchen counter and you’ll be amazed at what’s in it by the end of a week!

As I said at the start, the supply of milkbags (at least for us) ebbs and flows. At some point, we’ll have gone through our supplies and will once again put out a call for bags. But for now, we have more than enough here.

ON THE OTHER HAND: If you or your group need bags, why not post a comment below, with your contact info. That way, those with bags can get in touch with you. Our goal, no matter what our supply status, is to ensure that these marvellous milkbag resources don’t go into the landfill. Sharing our information is the best way to match supply and demand.

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Drop-off location now available

PLEASE NOTE: this location is now closed (as of August 2017).

Mr McLaren has once again invited us to use his trailer to drop off finished mats and bags. We can’t thank him enough for this continued generosity!

Location: 2459 Carlsen Ave., Ottawa (just off Heron, between Bronson and Bank).

Map: click here for a .pdf map to print.

Google map: https://www.google.ca/search?q=2459+Carlsen+Ave.&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=dA0GWbGqDaPUjwS–YywAw . Note that there are tree branches overhanging the street sign (south side of Heron) so you may want to do a `Satellite’ view of the Google map.

PLEASE REMEMBER to note your delivery details on the sheet inside the trailer door.

Here are some photos (courtesy of Jan Willis) of a 21 April delivery — adding 25 to the 78 already there (total 103). We’re off to a terrific start this spring!

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Wendy Kool (1946-2017)

Wendy Kool (1946-2017)

Hello, everyone. Some very sad news to pass along.

Wendy Kool, the woman who started me on this milkbag path — who started so many of us on our milkbag paths — has passed away. Such a wonderful mentor and teacher, with humour and patience — I’m in my 60s but I consider her a role model to aspire to.

Her obituary can be found here:

http://capitalmemorial.sharingmemories.ca/site/WendyFaithKool.html?s=40

and comments can be found here:

http://capitalmemorial.sharingmemories.ca/site/WendyFaithKool.html?s=40

Many of us found Wendy by way of a newspaper article — she became a tireless promoter of the Milkbag Project. The one I’d read was from August 2010 in the EMC Barrhaven (just found my first email to her). It’s no longer available … but here’s one from 2011, which is a pretty nice little introduction to Wendy:

https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/3799898-students-collect-25-000-milk-bags-for-haiti/

Of those 4 schools mentioned, Mary Honeywell E.S. still provides us with bags, sorted into sets of 25 — just as Wendy had shown them. That legacy expanded, when some of those teachers went to the new Half Moon Bay school, also here in Barrhaven.

I invite you to leave your comments here as well, especially stories about how you first met Wendy. If you have links to website pages, please feel free to share them here as well. To display comments, click on `Comments’ in the titleblock area.

Wendy had so many interests, was involved with so many different groups and activities. We have been so fortunate that we could share one of them with her.

Additional links:

Eco-Fair display at St Rita’s Elementary

I just realised I haven’t posted any news items and there have been things happening!

One recent event was at St Rita’s Elementary School. I was invited to put on a display and demo of milkbag weaving, as part of their school Eco-Fair (24 March). The student displays in the gym had been made by different grades, all focusing on being a more environmentally aware person. For my part, there were posters, hand-outs, cards — and, of course, samples of bags and mats, both woven and crochet’d.

Using milkbags in this way was a totally new concept to the students, so the whole process was a mystery — and ended up being hugely fascinating to them. Like all students, they wanted to touch everything — so it made sense to get them to actually weave a few strands. I’d brought along a bag of pre-made stringers (all red) and a frame with only 3 or 4 sea-green rows done. By the end of the day (2:30), pretty much half a mat had been woven!

Here’s a brief slide-show to show how it went.

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All gone …

Well, it took more than a few weeks to finally pick up all the boxes of new milkbags from Mr McLaren’s. But it’s done. For the Ottawa area, that means we have a lot of supplies available for more than just our Barrhaven group. Lots more! Again, we thank Mr McLaren for the use of his trailer over the past half year, for his having driven 450 to 500 mats and bags down to the CFFC’s Mississauga warehouse, for bringing back 71 boxes, and for his patience while we were finding homes for those boxes. And thanks also go to the many people who drove out over the Christmas holidays, not always on the bright sunny days (!), to then store them in their basements.

Unlike our huge windfall of new bags from ProSoya last July, where each full box contained 2,400 the same bag type (colour, style), these boxes are like Christmas surprises. Not all boxes have the same type of bundles, not all bundles are full (400 bags), and they’re from a variety of manufacturers: Beatrice, Dairyland, Natrel, Neilson, Northumberland, Quebon, Sealtest … a really nice mix.

For weavers, here’s a chance to try out different colour combinations and techniques for making stripes … plaids … is it even possible to weave vertical strips?!  I’d love to post pictures of what you come up with!

For supplies, contact me directly: cthiele@ncf.ca .

Final drop-off for 2016: Dec 17

Hi, everyone. Well, we’re now into December and Mr McLaren will be getting ready to take his trailer down to Mississauga and the CFFC (Canadian Food for Children) warehouse, with a stop-over in Lindsay to drop items off for Anne Downey. He’d like all deliveries made to the trailer by Saturday, 17 December; he will be heading out the next day, 18 Dec., unless the weather’s bad.

Anne Downey has passed along her wish-list of items; these will be added last to the trailer, so they’ll be easy to find and unload. So here’s Anne’s list:

  • baby things: blankets, sleepers, onesies, clothes, sweaters, etc
  • good used towels, flannel sheets; textiles in general
  • warm clothes
  • winter clothes

Please mark all boxes for Anne Downey with `LINDSAY, so they’re easily identified in the trailer load.

Click on this link for a .pdf map of the drop-off-location. Note that there’s a tree that obscures the street sign (when you’re heading east on Heron Rd.). There’s a tally sheet taped to the inside of the trailer door; please take the time to write how many mats/bags you’ve added, as well as noting any boxes for the Lindsay drop-off. At present, there are about 200 mats.

This will be the last time for Mr McLaren’s trailer this winter. We will have to make other arrangements until either it or another location becomes available next spring, so if you can, hold on to your finished mats and bags. Perhaps share the storage load with a few friends. If anyone has space to offer, please leave a message here in the Comments area.

So – 2 more weeks to get things finished! Thanks, everyone, for making this a really successful drop-off location! And thank you especially, Mr McLaren, for having offered it to us this year – it’s been a marvelous space.

Pillow saga continues …

6 OCT ’16 UPDATE:

As per Nancy Bailey’s comment below (6 Oct ’16), CFFC (Canadian Food for Children) is NOT accepting pillows.

I will strike that info from this post, to avoid any further confusion.

An update on the acceptability of pillows filled with milkbag snippets.

It now seems that there are indeed some places that will take them. So here’s what I know so far:

  • Anything going via Anne Downey in Lindsay — no pillows, please.
  • Nancy Bailey from the Cobourg area sent me a message in late August, saying the following:Hello Christina          FYI

             When I called CFFC, they told me the pillows made
             with the ends of plastic bags was acceptable. This
             was a few months ago.
             Has it changed.

  • Further to the above, Carol Carman of Helping Hands Cobourg wrote to say that mats and pillows could be dropped off in her area, at the ReMax office on Elgin Street, Cobourg. Just be sure to tell the receptionist “that Michael Perry has given the OK.”

In answer to Nancy’s query about whether the policy had changed — I haven’t been in touch with CFFC (Canadian Food For Children) in Mississauga myself so I’d say go with what she’s heard.

So — the long and short of it seems to be that pillows stuffed with snippets are being accepted in some places. As all our stuff is going to CFFC, then pillows should be ok. So it then remains a personal choice, whether you want to make them or not.

 

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