Ways to Recycle Plastic Bags
The best thing you can do is to take some reusable shopping bags to the shop, however, I forget them from time to time and have to come home with ten or more plastic bags to carry home the weekly groceries. In this case I have compiled a list of handy hints and ideas; some you may know but I bet some you will be making a mental note to try next time.
TIP from a reader: On the top of your shopping list write ‘TAKE BAGS’ this way it should prompt you to remember to throw them in the car.
- Recycle them back to the your local supermarket – most accept them back in Australia
- If you have a fruit tree, reuse a plastic bag by wrapping it around the fruit till it’s ripe. This clever trick will stop birds and bugs helping themselves.
- Turn them into dispensers with a little help of a bottle cap or flip top vitamin lid.
- Stuff cushion covers with them!
- Fuse plastic bags together to make sheets for crafting and sewing – read the tutorial here.
- Make plastic yarn, or plarn for short, is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long strand. Click here for instructions on how to make it.
- Turn old plastic bags into bin liners
- Keep a few tied to your dog lead if you have a pooch as poop tidy bags
- As above for babies nappies too!
- Do you dye your hair at home? Reuse your plastic bag instead of hair caps.
- Use them as packing material instead of bubble wrap.
- Pack a few in your suitcase for trips away to keep dirty clothes separate.
- Tie some around your knees before heading out into your garden as knee protectors.
- Make a skeleton for a halloween decoration!
- Stuff them into shoes when not in use to keep their shape.
- Make a lightweight plastic kite, instructions here.
- Wrap your paint brushes in them while you take a break, it stops the pain from drying out.
- Put them over your shoes for sexy-as-hell shoe protectors from snow/mud
- Fill plant pots to save on soil in large pots – make sure not to block drainage holes.
- Keep a plastic bag hanging from a kitchen handle or laying flat on your work space to throw food scraps into. Makes a great in between the kitchen to the compost.
- Protect plants from frost. Make sure you have a bamboo pole to keep the plastic off the plants.
- Throw some in the beach bag to carry home the wet swimmers
- Donate – libraries, op shops, markets all would gladly accept them for reuse.
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