Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated July 28, 2020)
These days it seems that recycling has taken on a more urgent need than at any other time in recent history. One of the things that make a huge or lasting impression on our landscape is the plastic grocery bags that we seem to find everywhere. Problems arising from the disposal of these plastic bags have even made national and international news recently. The problem that we seem to run into is, what can we do with these things? Well, here are a few things that you can do to store those bags for future use, and what some of those future uses can be.
When you get back from a trip to the grocery store, why not pop those plastic bags into old tissue boxes? While those plastic grocery bags can come in handy, they also have a tendency to accumulate in large piles. Take control of those plastic bags by using old tissue boxes to store them. Simply insert one bag at a time, just making sure to leave the handles of the last one sticking out of the box. When inserting each bag, thread it through the previous bag's handles, then you simply push it into the box. This way, when you remove one bag, the next bag's handles will pop out for easy access.
You should also keep some in your vehicle. When doing this, you want to make sure that you are aware of your spatial limitations. In this situation, it may not be possible to store the bags in a tube of some kind. One of the best types of tubes to use in a situation like this would be an old paper towel tube. Again, you are going to insert each bag one at a time into the tube. As you insert each into the tube, leave the handles out so that you can thread the next bag through them. Once you have filled the tube, just place the tube into either the trunk or glove compartment of your vehicle.
These are a couple of great methods for storing the bags for future utilization. Some of the different ways that you can utilize these bags are for things such as a temporary perishable food storage container. These bags make the perfect storage container for picnic food. Next time that you go to a grocery store, why not take a few of these bags along with you so that you do not have to try and store other new bags. Or, you can use some around the house for small garbage can liners—these are perfect size for use in your bathroom or home office. These are just a couple of the different ways that you can use these bags, there is literally no end to the use you can make of them. Simply use your imagination, and in this small way help make a difference in the world.
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