Plastic bags are an unavoidable part of everyday life. They come with almost every purchase we make, and they tend to pile up quickly. However, folding plastic bags can save space and keep them organized, making it easy to reuse or recycle them in the future. This step-by-step guide will show you how to fold a plastic bag in 14 steps.
Step 1: Flatten the bag
Lay the plastic bag flat on a hard surface. Smooth out any wrinkles by running your hand over the bag from the bottom corners to the top.
Step 2: Fold in half vertically
Fold the bag vertically so that its edges align. Make sure there are no wrinkles or air bubbles while doing so.
Step 3: Fold in half vertically again
Repeat Step 2 by folding the plastic bag in half vertically one more time. This should make it narrower and easier to work with.
Step 4: Align handles
Ensure that both handles of the plastic bag are aligned with each other.
Step 5: Fold horizontally from the bottom
Starting from the bottom edge, fold the bag horizontally with small increments of about an inch at a time until you reach the handles.
Step 6: Triangle folds
Hold the bottom-left corner in your left hand while using your right hand to fold the corner diagonally upwards, creating a triangle.
Step 7: Continue folding triangles
Continue folding triangles by flipping and stacking them on top of each other. As you fold each triangle, press down firmly along its edges to make sure it’s fully creased before moving on to the next one.
Step 8: Reach the end
Continue folding triangles until you reach just before where the handles begin.
Step 9: Tuck under handles
Take that last bit of leftover plastic – under where the handles are – and tuck it underneath the handles.
Step 10: Flip the handles
Fold both handles downwards, covering the portion of the bag that you just tucked under them.
Step 11: Final triangle fold
Now fold one last triangle by folding the top of the handles diagonally down towards the base of the triangle stack.
Step 12: Tuck in the last flap
If there’s still a small leftover flap, tuck it into the closest available pocket formed by the previous folds to secure it in place.
Step 13: Admire your handiwork
Take a moment to admire your neatly folded plastic bag. It now takes up less space and is much easier to store or reuse when needed.
Step 14: Store your folded bags
Store your bags in an area that is easy to access, preferably near where you store other reusable bags or within reach while shopping. This will make it convenient for you to grab one whenever necessary.
Learning how to quickly and efficiently fold a plastic bag saves space and makes reusing or recycling them more convenient. Follow these simple steps next time you find yourself with an unruly stack of plastic bags, and enjoy a more organized environment!