Reusing Plastic Bags

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Around the House —

  • Use plastic grocery sacks as wastebasket liners in bedroom, office and bath.
  • A dozen bags rolled up tight fit into a small ziplock bag, freeing up lots of space in kitchen drawers.
  • Protect water and gas valves in the wintertime.
  • Take grocery and retail sacks back to the store for reuse while shopping.
  • Plastic bags keep dust away when storing off-season shoes.
  • Take them to the food bank where they can be used to give needy people their food.
  • Sort craft supplies in plastic grocery sacks.
  • Use plastic sacks to cushion breakable items when moving them in boxes.
  • Store outgrown clothing to pass down to the next child in plastic bags.
  • Use them to take clothing to the KNIB Clothing Drive in May, July or October

For the Holidays —

  • Make Christmas wreaths with them.
  • Hide presents from the kids.
  • Protect gifts from rain and snow during holiday trips and visits.
  • To keep needles from your Christmas tree off the carpet, take the tree apart with pruning clippers and put the pieces into a plastic bag. Put a sandwich bag on your hands when handling the tree trunk to keep off pine tar.

In the Workshop or Garage —

  • Store a paintbrush full of oil-base paint at the end of the day to use it again the next day without having to use a solvent to store it overnight. Just wrap the brush in the bag and put it in the refrigerator until the next morning.
  • Slip them under the car to catch those last few drops of oil after an oil change.
  • Keep leftover paint fresh by pouring it into a heavyweight, sealable plastic bag. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Put the bag in the original paint can and tap the lid closed.
  • Clamp irregular shapes together with a sand-filled plastic bag.

Out and About —

  • Keep clothes dry on canoeing trips.
  • Line your backpack with them. Or bicycle pack.
  • When packing for travel, use plastic bags to put your shoes in.
  • Give them to thrift stores or garage sales for their reuse.
  • Use as garbage bag in cars.
  • Containers for plants to be transplanted.
  • Turn the big ones into ponchos.

For Students —

  • They are handy because they can be hung on the door handles.
  • Use as trash bags in dorm rooms
  • Use plastic grocery bags to store aluminum cans for recycling.
  • Put a plastic bag on a stadium seat at a band competition when it is raining.

For Recycling–

In the Rockford area all Schnuck’s Grocery Stores provide a bin near their front entrance where you can deposit your plastic bags for recycling.  Take a bunch with you the next time you head for the store!

Last Updae:  05/22/2013