Your Nature Bag is virtually break proof! We have yet to learn of one that “wore out.” Over time, many will develop small holes because of snagging or rubbing but some owners repair these holes using needle and thread. However, the small holes actually grow (“run”) very slowly, if at all. Hence, repairing them probably brings aesthetic rather than functional results.
Several owners have reported larger holes appearing in a bag’s corner tips at the ends of the seam. In each of these instances, investigation has shown that animals likely caused the damage. Some dogs and cats like to eat the JungleVine™ fabric. Rodents such as mice and rats love the material also. The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project has lost dozens of bags due to the dietary wishes of pets and animals! They usually start with the tassels (if they are of JungleVine™) and work their way up into the cargo container itself. This has not occurred with bag styles that use recycled cloth or cotton thread as the foundation seam material.
For our Nature Bag lovers who happen to have horses, cows, (and yes, elephants!) or other large animals, you definitely want to keep the bags away from them. Not being satisfied with the small tassels, they usually start their Jungle Vine™ meals with the densest material, the straps. A sheep or goat can devour all traces of your treasured green bag in a few minutes! Rabbits can take a little longer, and they rarely leave scraps.
The only significant structural failures we are aware of have occurred in less than 1 percent of the bags when the cords holding the strap to the cargo sack have disconnected from the sack. These failures were caused by the bag crafter failing to use proper knotting. Such defects appear early in a bag’s use and rarely affect more than 50 percent of the attachment cords on either end of the strap. We know of only one catastrophic failure of this type where there was total separation of one end of the strap from the rest of the bag. Usually if only 10 percent of the attachment cords on an end remain intact, there is sufficient strength to keep that strap end attached even with heavy cargo inside.
We replace faulty bags free. However, if you wish to continue using a bag where only a few attachment cords have come loose, there should not be a problem. In addition, if you do not like the natural decorative appearance of the few loose cords dangling free, simply trim them off from the ends of the strap, bury the cord in the ground, or toss it on your lawn where its nutrients can continue serving you.
If you have experiences to share regarding Nature Bag failures or Nature Bags with animals, let us know. Email Bill@NatureBag.ORG.
Vivian H Ramirez