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Well, there you have it. There are many more uses for plastic bags. If you want more, I can certainly give them to you. These are just a few. Use your own creativity and see what you can come up with.
Don't forget, after you have used them up, put them all in ONE bag and recycle. This tip will not only help the planet, but it will keep a lot more money in your pocket over the coming year.
By FranFran from Zebulon, Georgia
I use the to crochet things with such as handbags, purses and making a vest for my manager at Walmart from reused Walmart bags. Belts, rugs, hats, lots of things can be crocheted from bags. Look up plastic bags or plarn. This is plastic yarn to see how you can. Cut and put together the bags to crochet with. I have gotten compliments.
So many feedbacks from my purse I made from plastic bags people can't believe it was made from plastic bags.
Uses for plastic grocery bags (the one time use/disposable)
Source: Some from this website, etsy.com for some of the art projects, my own ideas and my friends' because no one likes waste.
By caeridwen from Kent OH
I don't think the plastic bag problem is so much a bag problem as a litter problem, as these bags can so easily be re-used in ways you would use plastic trash bags, or you can recycle them by using at yard sales, or recycling them at the supermarket. We bring ours to the boat to use as small trash bags there. (You can even use one as an emergency outdoor toilet by stretching it over the edge of a plastic gallon bucket!, and then of course, tying up and throwing away!)
I have two carry cases for my new camera. As I use only one, I decided to pack the other, away. I didn't want it to become flattened or misshapen in storage, so I stuffed it. I found those ubiquitous grocery bags to be the ideal stuffing.
Our family has recycled grocery plastic bags as trash bags for years. We use small plastic trash container about 12 inch diameter and 14 inches high. We have one in each bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.
I like to recycle plastic grocery bags in my kitchen garbage container. I bought a package of self-adhesive plastic cup hooks at the dollar store and put two on the inside of the trash can on the right and two more on the left.
There have been several tips on reusing these bags. If you go to YouTube and check out this video and many of the others you will be sick at what we are doing to Mother Earth.
Now that there are only two of us in our household, we have downsized our kitchen garbage container for the kitchen. We have a medium-size plastic bucket that fits perfect under the kitchen sink; out of sight and out of way.
Recycling is very important to me, sometimes to the dismay of my husband, who complains about clutter. The plastic grocery bags accumulate, even though I mostly use cloth bags.
Even though I try to use my own shopping bags when I shop, I still wind up with a lot of plastic bags. I recycle them periodically with the various stores, but I also use them myself. I line trash cans with them and use them for storage and organization of suitably sized items.
I have been able to keep my car cleaned up, by hanging a plastic grocery bag on the back of the front passenger seat with a velcro cord holder. I put the holder around the metal head rest post and attach the grocery bag.
We, as a whole, use way too much plastic. Its life span is hundred of years if put in landfills. So I have tried to find ways of reusing, recycling and looking at it in a different way.
Save those tiny plastic grocery bags that are too small to use for anything else. I keep my other plastic bags to use for trash containers. You can use the really little bags to pick up doggie messes in the park when walking your dog and no waste bags are available.
My dad's new wife just showed me how to re-use plastic grocery store bags. She folds them into four length wise then cuts the bottom off. Working your way up, you cut about one inch strips until you get to the handles.
I keep a laundry basket in the back of my car. I put my newspaper and plastic bags in the laundry basket. Once a week, I stop at a local resale shop that is run by a charity. They need the paper to wrap glass items and the bags for customer's items.
Recycle plastic bags to keep your socks and feet dry when out in the rain and snow. This is a guide about keeping your feet dry with plastic bags.
This is a guide about craft use for grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags can be kept out of the landfills by recycling them into knit, crochet, woven, and other craft projects.
When I buy fruit or veggies at the store, I put them in those plastic produce bags provided by the stores. At home, I take the produce out of the bags, putting it into a fruit bowl or a paper bag in the refrigerator. Then I turn the plastic bags inside out and use them for breading my chicken, fish, etc.
Use your plastic shopping bags for packing in shipping packages. It is light weight and free. Also it is a good cushion.
This is a guide about turn shopping bags into planting bags. Another useful way to recycle and reuse those plastic grocery bags is by making seedling starter pots.
This is a guide about making plastic grocery bag flowers. Recycle your plastic grocery bags into a pretty faux floral arrangement.
This is a guide about making a plastic grocery bag crochet hat. Recycled plastic grocery bags can be cut into lengths and used to make crochet and knit hats.
A friend of mine was moving large speakers from CO to CA on a bus. We packed them in boxes and used wadded up plastic grocery bags instead of newspaper or peanuts.
Don't we love to re-use those plastic bags from the grocery store? I store things in them, and a lot of women cut them into strips and crochet them. Those strips are called "plarn."
Another use for plastic bags is to drape them over a bucket or other container and then use as a toilet! I understand that in Africa, they call these "flying toilets." It would be great for camping or to use in an emergency situation.
I save all my plastic bags to reuse, even the small bags that come from stores (meat, greeting cards, etc. are often put into small bags before being placed in the grocery bag).
The most effective was to reuse plastic grocery bags that I do is make them into plarn, then into useful items like cell holders, lunch bags, purses, even a bingo bag for my one co-worker!
Instead of using plastic wrap, that sometimes fails to stick properly, use plastic bags for some leftovers.
This may sound a little "unprofessional" to some, but in my business I mostly use used plastic bags for my customers. I simply ask "Would you like a recycled, used plastic bag?" and so far EVERY customer I've asked has said with enthusiasm "Why YES, I would LOVE a recycled bag!"
Sometimes, I forget to grab my "green" shopping bags before heading into the grocery store. I re-use the plastic bags by wrapping my produce in them. I have found that my lettuce, grapes, cabbage, peppers, carrots stay fresher much longer.