Ways to Recycle Plastic Bags

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.

Enjoy x

  1. Recycle them back to the your local supermarket – most accept them back in Australia
  2. 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.
  3. Turn them into dispensers with a little help of a bottle cap or flip top vitamin lid.

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    IMG: cutoutandkeep.net
  4. Stuff cushion covers with them!

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    IMG: Mamaging
  5. Fuse plastic bags together to make sheets for crafting and sewing – read the tutorial here.
  6. 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.

    IMG: Plastic Bag Crafts
    IMG: Plastic Bag Crafts
  7. Turn old plastic bags into bin liners
  8. Keep a few tied to your dog lead if you have a pooch as poop tidy bags
  9. As above for babies nappies too!
  10. Do you dye your hair at home? Reuse your plastic bag instead of hair caps.

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    IMG: Wikihow.com
  11. Use them as packing material instead of bubble wrap.
  12. Pack a few in your suitcase for trips away to keep dirty clothes separate.
  13. Tie some around your knees before heading out into your garden as knee protectors.

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  14. Make a skeleton for a halloween decoration!

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    IMG: Instructables
  15. Stuff them into shoes when not in use to keep their shape.
  16. Make a lightweight plastic kite, instructions here.

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    IMG: Live Well For Less
  17. Wrap your paint brushes in them while you take a break, it stops the pain from drying out.
  18. Put them over your shoes for sexy-as-hell shoe protectors from snow/mud
  19. Fill plant pots to save on soil in large pots – make sure not to block drainage holes.

    IMG: Real Simple
    IMG: Real Simple
  20. 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.
  21. Protect plants from frost. Make sure you have a bamboo pole to keep the plastic off the plants.

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    IMG: Care 2
  22. Throw some in the beach bag to carry home the wet swimmers
  23. Donate – libraries, op shops, markets all would gladly accept them for reuse.

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