Sunday, February 10, 2013

IT WAS NOT A HAMSTER OR A MOUSE

The e-Friendly Bag
Bits of chewed-looking white stuff everywhere inside the cupboard.  If I still had a hamster or two, I would definitely have suspected one at least, of leaving an incriminating trail.  I looked down at the scene, my hands limply sitting on my hips.  It was not that long ago I had a sort and clear of the cupboard space, and now, I was going to have to pull out everything again. 

Hm.  Okay, I decided, I just needed to deal with the bottom half.  There was nothing for it, but to set to, pull out all the affected stuff and get on with the job.  Isn't it always the way when something like this happens, you end up with a major job on hand.  the pile grew on the floor along with a wider distribution of the chewed up white stuff spreading out like snowflakes.  I closely examined the evidence of what was before me. The vacuum cleaner was called for.

A day on, I still have to put a few things back in the cupboard,  I am trying to remember where they were before. 

As for the delicate chewy white mess; having seen the evidence with my own eyes, I can now vouch for the fact that biodegradable plastic bags biodegrade, and with tremendous efficiency.        
What a mess it made!!

12 comments:

The Owl Wood said...

Hamsters and mice do much the same thing if you sneak up on them and burst a paper bag as loudly as you can.

Jennyta said...

Did you know that the Welsh for hamster is 'bochdew'? Just thought I'd share that with you. ;)

ZACL said...

I'd never have been so mean, owlwood, as to frighten to death a wee hamster. It could have caused worse ructions.

ZACL said...

Bochdew, that is interesting Jennyta; it almost tells you what I found. Dewy it was, boch I am not so sure about.

Vincent said...

We use those bags for cooked food scraps that can't be put in the compost bin. I've often wondered how long it takes for them to biodegrade, just in case on of them decided it was time for its date with destiny, whilst across the sitting-room carpet on way to the recycling-bin outside.

Any ideas on their lifespan?

ZACL said...

Hello Vincent,

Good to hear from you.

We re-use bags for kitchen scraps and stuff that I prefer to have bagged in the bin-bag just in case a manual search is ever needed for any accidental disposals, or, in case the main bin bag gives up its lifespan prematurely, as sometimes happens.

If there's is nothing sharp or acidic in such bags to help them swiftly on their way to disintegration, or, you haven't had the empty bag sitting around for sometime, (months) you'd be pretty safe carrying such bags across your living room to their date outside with destiny.



flightplot said...

I remember when I first found a bag like this and wondered what was going on. Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Yes, Mr F. It certainly does make one wonder, and in so many directions too. xx

godschool said...

What an extraordinary discovery!

ZACL said...

Hi Gillyk, it was an extraordinary event, of its kind. I do not really want to have it repeated too soon. I have a few items stored in bags in the cupboard, to keep it and them, tidy. It is a salutary thought.

Snowbird said...

How strange you should post this. Only yesterday I had the exact same experience. I went into the garage and found lots of bits of plastic and like you thought it was mice. It could have been but these bags were in a sealed plastic tub!xxxxx

ZACL said...

If any further proof were needed that biodegradable bags do what they say they do, then look no further, the proof is here! :)

xx