If you’re not using reusable grocery bags, you’ll know quickly those plastic shopping bags can add up. It’s a shame to toss those extra garbage bags in the garbage just to end up in the landfill, as some reports say that plastic bags can take 500 years to disintegrate.
That’s why some U.S. towns are banning plastic bags altogether.
Instead of throwing them out, there are ways you can reuse those bags other than to line tiny garbage pails and picking up dog poop.
Cat or Dog Bed
Fill a pillowcase with plastic bags and sew the end shut. Now you have yourself a cat or dog bed.
Transport Unpotted Plants
If you need to unpot a plant and transport it, you can place it in a plastic bag. This will keep the soil together and hold in the moisture.
Make a Bed Mat
You can make a bed mat for the needy or for when you go camping by following the tutorial below.
Keep Your Jeans Clean
Put holes in the bottom of two bags and pull them over your feet and up over your knees to protect your pants while you’re gardening.
Protect Garden Fruits and Veggies
If the fruits and vegetables in your garden are almost ripe you can place a plastic bag around it to prevent outdoor critters or frostbite from damaging your produce.
You can use plastic bags as packing material to keep the items you ship protected.
Make a Reusable Bag
You can make a reusable grocery bag or beach bag from your plastic bags. Check out the tutorial below.
Fill in Gaps
If you’ve got extra space or gaps around your air conditioner, pipes, or ducts in your walls or your floors you can stuff them with plastic bags instead of spraying the area full of foam.
Seal a Paint Can
Place a plastic bag over your paint can and put the top on over it. This will prevent crusted paint or debris from getting into your paint.
Wax or Polish Application
You can use a plastic bag to apply furniture wax or polish. You can buff the wax or polish out with a soft cloth.
Prevent Side Mirrors From Icing Over
If you’re expecting a snow or ice storm, you can place plastic bags over your car’s side mirrors so you don’t end up having to scrape the ice off.
If you have a stuffed animal, pillow, or mattress that’s lost some of their stuffing, you can stuff it with plastic bags to fill it back up again.
Get Rid of Them
You can donate plastic bags to a business that could use them or bring them back to the grocery store. Lots of grocery stores have plastic bag recycling programs.
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