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.
I have more uses for plastic grocery bags than I have bags so my daughter saves me hers.
One use is for recycling glass. In the outside storage room, where I keep my reclyables, I hang three bags to keep the glass separated by color. When the bags get full, I tie them up and set them in a garbage can for storage. When I take them to the recycling center, the glass is easy to dump from the plastic bag into the tall container.
When picking up roadside litter, we collect a lot of glass bottles. I sure do wish the folks that throw out their containers would buy their beer in the aluminum can.
When picking up litter by myself, my bag starts getting heavy after picking up 2-3 glass bottles so I take them out of the bag and place them beside a sign post. When I have accumulated several bottles beside the sign post, I put them in a plastic grocery bag and pick them up and take them home in the truck or car. Beats having to tote them for a long distance and I'm able to keep the bottles out of the landfill.
I scoop the solids out of the cat's litter box into the bag to dump it. We get the flushable litter. I flush the contents, then throw the bag away. Before that I was dragging the whole box outside or to the bathroom to dispose of cat feces. The bags are much easier.
I contribute extra bags to thrift stores and also my branch library.
I shuck corn and peel onions or potatoes on to a bag. Then I can carry it out to the compost bin, then toss the bag in the trash.
Thanks for the wonderful info! I save my bags in a tube made from a bandana. Fold it in half, stitch the open edge,make a pocket at either end for 1/4 inch elastic. Cut a scrap from another bandana to make a loop for hanging. If you aren't making but one of these use any matching fabric strip for the loop. There's no need to ruin the second bandana. You can hang this in the pantry and if you stuff the bags in one at a time you can pull them out from the bottom just like a dispenser.
Yeah, I use them for trash bags. It saves.
I use some in the winter under my snow boots on top of my socks because it keeps my feet really warm! I also have some fashion boots that are not snow proof, so I use the bags to make them snow proof in this same way.
I also use them as a rain bonnet.
Please tear the handles into two pieces, as it is not a minute for a wild animal to become almost cut into by getting all mixed up in a loop of plastic.
My ferret will get hung in a six pack plastic ring in a matter of seconds just out of playing and curiousity. He found one once that fell off the counter before we could cut it up. The plastic bags are less mistaken for food if you tie them into knots all through the bag and get rid of any loops.
It would be great if none ever ended up in landfills.
We are making our Christmas paper out of brown bags this year.
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 used mine a few years ago to make Christmas ornaments.
All you need is some fabric, ribbon, and bags.
Cut the fabric into squares or circles, fill the center with a bag or two, then gather the ends and secure by tying bows!! I decorated my Christmas tree for about $5 by using fabric I found at a garage sale!
You can also use them as stuffing for decorative pillows! Just cut up the bags into smaller pieces and stuff away.
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