An average family uses nearly 1,500 plastic grocery bags annually, These plastic bags are thrown away after a single use. And only 0.6 percent of them are recycled. Rest goes to landfills and oceans, which eventually leads to the pollution threating environment and life. Plastic bags take some 1,000 years to decompose while recycling consumes lots of water and petroleum.
But there are plenty of ways people can reuse, repurpose and recycle plastic grocery bags in ways that don’t clog up our environment. Here’s how to recycle plastic bags in your area, along with some ways to reuse them around the house.
1. Reuse them when grocery shopping
The first way, simplest, after you receive a single use plastic bag for your shopping, keep them, they are new, clean and it would be a waste to throw them away. You can reuse them when you go to the supermarket next time, the next and over and over again.
2. Wrap Shoes in Luggage
Want to pack your shoes with the rest of your clothes without getting anything dirty? Wrap the shoes in plastic grocery bags and slide them into your suitcase.
3. Lining Small Trash Bins
Make taking out the trash easier by lining the small wastepaper baskets in your home with plastic grocery bags. When it’s full, empty the bag into a larger trash bin instead of throwing it away altogether. That would defeat the purpose of “reusing” the bag.
4. Dog poop bag
Instead of buying plastic bags for cleaning up your pet’s messes, why not just reuse the plastic bags you have? Tie a couple to the handle of your dog leash, so on long walks you’ll always have a way to pick up after your dog.
5. Make a Rope Out of Them:
You can make a durable and fancy rope out of the plethora of discard plastic grocery bags at your home. All you need to follow these simple steps:
- Cut your bags into long strips.Tie the strips together at one end.
- Wrap the strips around something solid, for example a back to the chair or table legs. It will hold the strips while you braid.
- Start braiding the strips together. After your final braiding, tie the end knot too.
6. Store as emergency trash bags for the car.
Even if you have a car garbage can, you’ll no doubt find yourself needing to collect trash from your vehicle. Stashing a few grocery bags in the glove box or center console ensures you’ll be ready with a trash bag for those late-night trips to the drive-thru.
Besides, storaging grocery bags in your car, you can use them to avoid getting frost on your car’s side mirrors while you leave them outside for longer in colder months. In this way, you don’t need to scrape off ice later.
So, these are some simple ways to reuse your grocery plastic bags, instead of throwing them in the bins after a single use. Just needgood enough single use bags, you can reuse them with genious ways.