When you live on a farm, there is a lot of waste.
"We have a lot of animals that we've raised to provide food for our family," said Jes Vaillancourt of Swanville.
But Vaillancourt has figured out how to make trash into a reusable treasure.
She is recycling used pet food and feed bags that once went into the landfill to create unique totes -- Eco Totes -- that people can use to carry everything from kids toys to groceries.
"We thought there must be something better we can do with these than to just have them be destined for a landfill," Vaillancourt said.
She gets the used bags from her farm and from others across Maine. Like most things made for the farm, they are built for strength.
"If it can be tossed around with 50-pounds of grain in it, it can hold your milk and your cereal," the entrepreneur said.
"A lot of people ask if they are real bags," she added. "They don't think that the bird seed bags or the chicken bags could actually be made into something like this."
People in Belfast and beyond are loving the bright colored recycled bags that have been saved from the garbage bin.
"This has become a way of life for people learning to recycle things they wouldn't otherwise," Vaillancourt said.
The Swanville woman has been obsessed with sewing most of her life .... And started investing in her future at a young age.
"I actually took my first paycheck from my first job and bought a sewing machine so I could make myself a purse," Vaillancourt said.
Much like her bags, her lifelong hobby has now found a new purpose.