They do make a cleaner for them, (I'll never forget that antiseptic smell, ugh). I admit, as a new ostomate (with very little output), everytime I emptied, I HAD TO put on a clean pouch and DID soak the previous (barely used) pouch in the special soap, but couldn't bare to put it back on...Needless to say, I wasted alot of supplies, caused myself tremendous unnecessary pain, pulling off and putting on again at the first sign of output (remember the horrible clear pouches thay sent you home with), yuk!!!! I was for sure I'd never survive it...............But I did, I learned, I healed and then began to thrive again. I can't say I'll EVER LOVE "IT", but I sure love what "it's" given back to me.
I am a keen recycler and ostomy bags are no exception.
Some of the blogs I've read on here have illustrated how people in poorer countries have to re-use their bags over and over and some don't have bags at all but still have to cope.
We live in a throw-away society in which the mind-set becomes accustomed and habituated to throw anything away that slightly irritates or frustrates us. If this urge to throw things away is not kept under very strict control it tends to be become an acceptable way of thinking across the board. Hence we also see it in relationships - where they are percieved to be of no value to us simply because we have used them and they no longer feel new.
Surely a healthier way is to be much more discerning as to the what, where, when how and why we feel things 'need' to be thrown away.
For my eco-efforts I wash the used bags thoroughly, take the fabric liners off the outside and put the plastic into the plastic bag recycling bin with all the other plastic bags.
The thought of reusing them disgusts me! However, I do wash out the irrigation sleeves and use them time and time again so I'm not sure why I'm disgusted with one concept and not with the other. The conscious mind and the emotions are wonderfully contradictary at times.
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I take your point about water use. We did run short of water once and in anticipation of global warming making it happen more often, I dug a hole under my greenhouse as a reserviour, I think it holds about 5000 gallons. However, that was many years ago and we've never been so short of water since that I've needed to tap into it. I'm not sure I would like living in Texas or any desert region without water. Anyway, I love the idea of beating the shit out of them!