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Reuse the Plastic Bags You Already Have

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. (Don't forget to label with a sharpie, before you tie the top!)

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My favorite use of plastic shopping bags is for shipping packing. They weigh practically nothing and several partially filled with air and tied, make a great air cushion for fragile items.I put a few around the item to be cushioned and fill the rest of the space with air filled bags.

By Crystal from Waverly, AL

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April 13, 20100 found this helpful

Just make sure the recipient of the packages know to recycle them on their end.

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

I volunteer once a month at the local food pantry. We never have enough bags. I take what I have and have gotten some from my neighbor, but there is always a great need for bags there. Sometimes the folks who come bring their own reusable bags, but they are in the minority.

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So if you can, take what you do not use yourself to the food cupboard in your area. Your help will be most appreciated!

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