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sarahn
Milton, NH
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2010
5:55 PM

Post #8249143

Has anyone tried composting grocery store brown paper bags/sacks or brown paper lunch bags? Also laundry lint from the dryer? Mine is probably 99% cotton.
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 7, 2010
6:34 PM

Post #8249186

I tear up brown paper bags and compost them all the time--but not my laundry lint just because my clothes are not all natural fibers like cotton. I'd say go for it.

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HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2010
11:51 AM

Post #8250273

I usually take my own bags to the store, but when I forget, I use the brown bags to smother weeds in the walkways between the garden beds.
sarahn
Milton, NH
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2010
5:10 PM

Post #8250768

Thanks. I've happened to have aquired quite a pile of them and thought they might be like brown corrugated cardboard that I've found breaks down fairly fast if kept wet. Fairly fast as in a year. I'm thinking about trying the lasange method.
patti47
Lynnwood, WA
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #8251402

I have thrown in old wool clothes and blankets, cotton gloves and feather pillows. The bags from my vacuum cleaner too.
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2010
10:05 AM

Post #8251832

Yup; everything rots. I find that brown paper bags rot pretty quickly when I use them in the lasagna method--like maybe a couple of months. Of course, it depends on the presence of moisture and warmish temperatures. When I use them in lasagne-beds over the winter, they are all composted by planting time around here: late May.

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