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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
Use them to pick up litter on the roadside in your neighborhood. Filling just one will make a big difference.
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 also take ours into our daughter's daycare, as they use them to send dirty clothes home in.
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. We simply insert the plastic grocery bag in. Once the trash is full, we just remove the bags to the large garbage can outside the house.
This way you empty the trash more frequent, keep the house more sanitary and odorless. For the last twenty years, we have never bought the commercial garbage bags. Of course you can also find other uses for the bags.
By Peng from Seattle, WA
Even better yet, recycle the plastic bags at the grocery store to be made into new things. "Recycling" them by using them as trash bags, it just throwing them into the landfill a few days later.
Better still, is to buy plastic garbage cans, that way when they get grimy you can wash them, in the meantime spray them down after each empty with some Lysol or homemade disinfectant.
We used to use the plastic shopping bags for our rubbish as well until recently when here in our state in Australia the government banned the supermarkets from issuing them. So now I have to buy plastic bags for my rubbish or just put the rubbish straight into the bin without plastic. Either way there is nothing gained as I have to wash the bins out with precious water and disinfectant which does nothing to help the environment or use plastic bags which I buy (these are usually made overseas and not here so there no gain to our economy.
You can also reuse paper grocery bags - yes, some stores still use them. As lng as the garbage isn't wet, paper works as well or better, and is biodegradable besides.
I use the plastic grocery bags for mucky garbage, and like Peng, haven't used a purchased garbage bag for that for a long time. I use waste paper baskets without liners for places like my office where the garbage is just paper and cardboard.
I applaud michawnpita for being frugal and not using plastic at all, but I am afraid I am not as energetic.
I've been doing this for years as well (reusing grocery bags as trash bags) so I was really surprised so many people on the green movement front started pushing people to use canvas bags at the stores. Although, maybe they don't use garbage bags at all but if you do (and I do!) it's a great alternative use for them! I still do use tall kitchen bags but only in the kitchen I reuse grocery bags for every other room that has a can.
I am saving up my plastic grocery bags to make a "green" Grocery bag. I will cut the bags in strips, join them together and either knit or crochet a bag to take to the grocery store. They can also be knit or crocheted into rugs or whatever you want.
I don't have a pattern, but you can cut the plastic bags in strips and crochet them to make rugs and such. A lady in our church is going to teach us how.
You're still putting plastic bags into the landfills. Better yet save them take them back to the store and put in their recycle bin for just plastic bags. Every store has them as you enter the store.
Yes, the bags end up in the landfill in the end. But... So does the bags you purchase made for trash cans. So to all you "dont use, recycle" people... what do you all use for trash bags? Same difference.
Anyways, I love this post. We do this as well. Instead of a trash can in the kitchen, we just have two small hooks by the door leading outside. However, we live in an apartment and the kitchen is tiny,
Also, these bags have less material used than trash can liners ( even the small ones ) so it is in fact a better alternative... in my view anyways.
Reuse your paper bags as sewing patterns or to wrap up postal packages.
I used those grocery bags as trash bags for years. Now we use bigger ones to collect all the smaller ones - & we still take along our grocery bags to use for trash when we are on the boat. If any are left we then take them back to the store to recycle them. So, using them that way, I don't see why they are so demonized, except for those who leave them around as litter - and that is a litter problem. Maybe a chemist out there will explain if there is a real difference?
Please reconsider using plastic bags at all. they NEVER go away! Go to YouTube and type in "plastic bags" and watch any of the videos. It will make you sick. Here's one http://www.yout AHGXvs&NR=1. I too used to use plastic bags for many "re-cycling" projects -- in small trash bins, wrapping dirty diapers, kitchen scraps, etc. When I saw these videos I quit cold turkey. I now use the pictured small mesh bags. They fit in my pocket or purse so I always have them as I always forgot the larger bags in my car trunk. I got these at one of the $$ type stores -- they are very strong and hold a lot. We have to do something to protect our earth -- it's the only one we have! Thanks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use your plastic shopping bags for packing in shipping packages. It is light weight and free. Also it is a good cushion.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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!"
I normally use cloth bags for groceries, but occasionally forget to put them back in the car, so I have a few plastic bags in the house. I picked up a footstool with a vinyl top and wooden legs at a yard sale for $1.00.
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.
Instead of using plastic wrap, that sometimes fails to stick properly, use plastic bags for some leftovers.
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.
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!