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I have an ole bag that has at least 20 years of service. Recently, as I was rolling it up and preparing to compress it down for stuffing into a compression sack when the outer lining ripped in several places. I could probably sew or patch it up, maybe even use some repair tape, but was wondering whether, given the age of the bag whether there were other alternatives to ad hoc patching.
I doubt whether it is cost effective to have the entire outershell relined (who does that sort of thing anyway and if so at what expense). Yet, when I consider the 'green' gear movement, with the emphasis on purchasing new bags with recycled material (consider this article http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2007/08/22/outdoor-retailer-recycled-sleeping-bags.html), I wondered what alternatives some of you more experienced folks have used locally to recycle/extend the life of your sleeping bags.
I know that there are liner inserts to provide insultation for the inner part of bag, but are there any exterior liners that might effectively hold together the old fabric of an aging bag. Is re-lining an option these days? Or is patching and sealing the best temporary option until the day comes when the ole bag is retired?
Once retired, are there places to send/donate the bag so that the materials can be reused? What say you ole timers?