I'm posting this information as a plea for our environment. Please check out the video and you will see how our using plastic shopping bags is hurting our world, our wildlife, and poisoning our environment.
I have great doubt our plastic bags are even recycled when we put them in those bins -- it costs sooo much to recycle plastic bags compared to the cost of making them outright. I wish someone would take on the task of following a plastic shopping bag from being put into a recycle bin to actually being recycled.
I personally use small mesh bags I purchased at the Dollar Tree years ago (no longer available anywhere - can't find 'em on-line). They are sturdy, can be washed, and I carry 8-10 in my purse (very portable). One bag will hold 10 cans of green beans when shopping! Please think on this!
I feel the same way about plastic bags. I've been using canvas bags for about 25 years, and some of the "green" cloth bags the supermarkets sell for about 99 cents. I got a bunch of those for free by redeeming points from a brand of cat litter, until they ended that promotion last year. Even so, I occasionally forget to bring them into the store with me and end up with the plastic ones; I also shop for a friend who prefers them, because he is disabled with chronic fatigue and doesn't want the extra work of folding up and returning my green bags. I re-use some of them to tote things here and there, and recycle all the #2 bags, which my town accepts with other recyclables.
It's possible to make your own mesh bags, using various material, such as cotton string, twine, or even plarn. Plarn is plastic yarn made by cutting plastic bags into strips and knotting the strips together. When knitted or crocheted, these materials make very sturdy mesh bags, which have some stretch to them, and will last many years. There are patterns for these bags on the Internet.
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.
This short video teaches you how to make a creative dog leash out of old plastic grocery bags.
Uses for plastic grocery bags (the one time use/disposable): To carry groceries home: Most can be used more than once to get groceries home
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.
When we were kids and wanted to play outside in the rain or snow, we didn't have boots. My mother would put plastic bags over our socks then put our shoes on then cover the plastic bags up with our pants.
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.
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.
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.
Place in glass jar, an old vase that has been donated, or inexpensive vases from the dollar store. Add greens if you have them.
Use your plastic shopping bags for packing in shipping packages. It is light weight and free. Also it is a good cushion.