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The fabric tubes for storing plastic bags are useful and can be handmade instead of purchased. For those of us that are not as crafty with a sewing machine I have the solution. I use an empty cardboard fridge mate soda case that your sodas come in from the store. The hole that dispenses the soda is used for both loading your plastic grocery bags and removing.
To make it look nicer, I covered mine in contact paper that I had leftover from lining my cabinets. I also keep one next to any small wastebasket that uses the plastic grocery bags for easy rebagging. The dispensers easily stand on their own next to the wastebasket or because they are so light, they can be hung on the wall, fridge, etc. with a couple of self adhesive velcro pieces.
Be creative, one of the holders I covered in brown packaging paper or from a brown grocery bag and let the kids decorate it however they wanted. Very useful, costs nothing and is a great rainy day craft for the kids!
By Rebecca from Mechanicsburg, PA
Using a kleenex box works great too.
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Mike Urciolo Germantown MD
Another great idea for storing the plastic bags if you still get the from the stores. In my mind they are a "pain". The way I handle them is to cut the opening a bit larger, fold the bags so they fit into an empty kleenex box. You can get approximately 30 plastic bags in a normal kleenex box! At our house we have some outside buildings like garages, storage sheds, etc. It is in there I put a box of bags for my hubby instead of a trash can. Much easier than collecting up something messy in a trash can. I also leave a box of bags in each of our spare rooms. Just put in a dresser drawer or bathroom cabinet for the use of your guests, could be for a few pieces of dirty laundry, something wet to take home or for anyone with children still in diapers and using disposables when travelling. Kleenex boxes are so decorative you really don't need to cover them. In my area the corn/veggie vender at the farmers market is also very pleased to receive my boxes of bags!
My question is...when will you use all those bags? Wouldn't some of them be better used recycled to the grocery stores to be sent to the recycling plant? Natural resources are used to make those bags, the more that are returned to be recycled, the less natural resources that will be used. Turn the bags in and keep only what you think you might use. After all you'll be getting more from where those came from.