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Now that you have the fabric, what are you going to do with it? First, you're going to help to lessen the 80 million tons of discarded paper a year. Then, you're going to do your part to save animals, resources, and landfills by putting a stop to the 100 billion plastic grocery bags used in America each year.
Eliminate paper towels. Buy a pack of cloth baby diapers to use as spill cleaners. Two diapers can pick up almost as much as a roll of paper towels, and they can be washed over and over and over again for reuse.
Make reusable grocery bags. Cut fabric so that it can be sewn into a large tote bag. Use a paper grocery bag as a pattern by disassembling it and pinning it to your fabric. With a few quick seams a bag can be made. For the handles, cut two strips of fabric three inches wide and long enough to make a looping handle for the bag. Fold it in half lengthwise and sew it together to make a long tube. Using a wooden spoon handle, turn the fabric "snake" right side out. Sew the rough ends to the inside of your bag at the appropriate places. These make a great rainy day activity for the kids who can decorate them.
If making a bag is too much, buy them. Many chain grocery stores are now selling reusable bags for as little as $1 a piece. Tote bags from craft stores work as well, but they tend to be a bit smaller. Part of being eco-friendly is reusing and recycling. By using fabrics from one item to create another, you're being a part of this. Plus, you're feeling better about yourself and your impact on the environment all without going broke.
making own cleaners using vinegar, etc; & ORGANIC ways to make own sprays, etc; easy, quick, simple, cheap; do NOT get into the trap of paying MORE to the Corps for "green"; lots of info available on line & in groups folks: SAVE $ don't pay MORE for going green! (fyi:use the plastic grocery bags for your garbage bags; can double bag for kitchen if need to, tho if freecycle or get onto gardeners group; you can keep quite a bit of your kitchen garbage including used coffee grounds to help out others!) why PAY for garbage bags made of plastic when you HAVE multitudes of them for FREE?
I agree about making your own, homemade cleaners. I have asthma and find that all the store bought stuff is too strong with all the fumes and odors. I clean now with my own homemade cleaner of amonia, water, rubbing alcohol, and a small squirk of dishsoap. When I need to scour, I use baking soda. I have shopping bags that are a crocheted-type cotton string bag. But, a friend just showed me a bag that she is crocheting and she uses cut up plastic grocery bags for the "yarn". Now, that is ingenious recycling!