18 Ways To Reuse Plastic Bags

18 Ways To Reuse Plastic Bags

Allison Verdoorn
Aug 10, 2011

Plastic bags are everywhere. It seems no matter how you try to avoid them you end up with a few lying around the house looking for a new use. While I have a few good go-to reuse options, Care2 has put together a great list of 18 ways to reuse those extra plastic bags. Check them out and share your reuse options after the jump.

Here are Care2's first 6 ideas:

  1. Dirty Clothes – Stick a plastic grocery bag into your suitcase to tote home your dirty clothes while you're on vacation. It's nice to be able to separate your clean clothes from dirty ones, and this lets you do it without taking the plastic bag that most hotels provide.
  2. Make Plarn – You can cut those bags up and make yourself a ball of plastic yarn for use in all sorts of knit and crochet projects. How cool would it be to upcycle a flimsy plastic bag into a well-made, crocheted one?
  3. Fuse It - You can use your iron to turn those plastic bags into durable fabrics.
  4. Scoop the Litter Box – Flushing cat litter is a bit controversial, since cat waste contains toxins that's harmful to aquatic life, and unfortunately, scooping is a fact of life for cat owners. You've got to put that smelly litter somewhere. You're probably using a plastic bag already, so you may as well RE-use one instead.
  5. In the Glove Box – If you or someone in your family is prone to car sickness, you can keep a plastic grocery bag in the glove box, just in case you're not able to pull over in time to avert disaster.
  6. At Concerts – Amphitheater shows and multi-day music festivals come with a lot of waste, and the trash and recycle bins seem to always overflow by the end. Instead of piling your empties on top of an overflowing bin, use a plastic grocery bag to take your recyclables home at the end of the show.

Find the rest over at Care2.


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