Sandbags are iconic. Nothing says conflict, siege,
resistance and survival better...
whether it's war, revolution, floods, mudslides,
hurricanes, or the zombie apocalypse.
New Mexico's only full-service sandbag company, and
our bags have been featured in several major motion
pictures and television productions (scroll down to
see our credits to date). We'd love to work with you.
Filled bags start at $3.00 each. See our commercial
for information about bag types &
prices. We offer volume discounting and we can deliver
throughout the Southwest.
Cost-effective, reasonable rates & saves you the
logistical hassles of disposal when you're striking
the set. Just ask (include quantity & time frame
Set Design, Dressing and Props
Besides being a staple of modern
warfare (Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, both World
Wars), sandbags have been in use as far back as the
Revolutionary and Civil wars... essentially since the
invention of the textile mill.
If you're looking for historical accuracy, sandbags
started out as white cotton bags. In the late 19th
century, they shifted to burlap and remained the standard
until the 1960s, when polypropylene bags started to become
available. While white poly bags are the most common,
colored bags (green, tan) have become more popular in the
last couple of decades for camouflage.
Revolution, Civil disobedience:
In 1968 Prague,
people threw bricks and stones at Russian tanks from
behind sandbag fortifications. Anti-war protesters
famously blocked streets outside the GOP convention in
Miami in 1972. Just this summer (2017), Navalny supporters
did the same in the streets of Moscow. Expect to see more.
Every spring, we're inundated with images on the news of
sandbags taking front stage against the relentlessness of
floods. You see them being used in hurricanes,
earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, tsunamis, and other
examples of mankind's epic & eternal struggle against
nature at its most destructive.
addition to our standard poly & burlap sandbags, we
can source specialty bags such as old faded burlap coffee
& feed bags, cotton bags, etc. These can be filled
with lightweight material for wagon & cart loads, Old
West general store shelves, dockside cargo bales... you
get the idea. We've the suppliers and the connections to
get you what you need.
/ Mechanical Effects
One production we worked with needed clouds of dust for a
car chase... there'd been too much rain and - well, there
was no dust. Time was limited. We came up with loose-weave
burlap "duster" bags filled with dry silty dirt to do the
trick when driven across.
Albuquerque is blessed with fine silt which is ideal for movie
. We can also provide wide varieties of sand,
dirt, rock, scoria, concrete & asphalt rubble, etc.,
in any quantity you need. Our aggregate yard is an
apocalyptic wasteland with mountains of rubble which would
be perfect for a location. Come visit. You'll love it.
- Rigging and counterweights.
- Holding down tarps and equipment in high winds.
- Storm water and flood diversion & channeling for
- Erosion control & stabilization.
- Skirting for trailers to block wind and provide
- Blast barriers for live explosives.
- Barricades, temporary enclosures and structures.
Because bags are so multi-purpose, you can move them
around on the lot for different uses & applications.
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Only the Brave
We provide both filled and empty sandbags in any
quantity - no minimum - and can deliver state-wide, or
load your truck in our yard to ease your budget. Our
most popular industrial grade bags are:
- Polypropylene (available in green,
- Burlap, both plain (natural untreated jute, tan)
and treated (US Military specs, EPA-approved,
- Pre-filled 10-lb and 20-lb saddle
sandbags for light stands, booms, tripods,
You can find more descriptions of our bags and view
their specs on our store pages here
Our rental bags are heavy-duty black bags (unless you
specify otherwise) and can handle the worst your crew
can dish out.
If you'd like bag samples (and if time allows),
let us know. We carry or can source other kinds of
bags as well. Give us an idea of what you're looking
for. If we don't have it in stock, we can get it...
everything from Roscos to Hescos.
Special challenges? We love them. Give us a call &
we'll see what we can do for you.
We're a small, homegrown company (our office is
our kitchen table), and we'll bend over backwards to
meet your needs while keeping within your budget &
deadlines. Our filled bags are lovingly hand-filled to
We're registered with the
New Mexico Film Office as being 'eco-friendly'. What's
The term is widely overused & sometimes abused,
but in our case we mean it. The masonry sand used to
fill our bags comes from recycled concrete. Our burlap
bags are biodegradable & compostable, while our
poly bags can be recycled with household plastic waste
(resin ID code 5). We use recycled pallets. We produce
minimal carbon emissions. And we pick up our garbage.
Call us at 505.750.3478 and
leave a message if we don't pick up.
We'll get back to you ASAP.
We offer hiring preference to people with obstacles to
employment, including veterans, minorities, women,
folks with arrest records & felonies, people who
are homeless, and those with disabilities. We pay well
(over $10/hour to start) and provide hard workers with
strong references & encouragement when they're
ready to move on. We source our supplies locally
whenever possible, and sell at (or near) cost to
non-profits and educational entities. Your support
helps us support the community. And we're a member of
the Film Business Alliance of New Mexico, which means
that we also actively support
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