Have a big stash of plastic grocery bags? Start bringing your own bags to the store to slow down on their accumulation. Then, try these ideas to use up the plastic bags that you have:
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When you have a package to mail, use plastic bags in place of packing peanuts or bubble wrap. They're lightweight, free and easy for the recipient to recycle.
Trash BagsLine small bathroom and office trash cans with plastic grocery bags. Save any oversized bags that you get for your kitchen trash can.
Disposable GlovesNeed to clean up after your pup? Stick a plastic grocery bag on your hand, and you have a glove that you can toss without worry. Works great for other messes, too.
Free craft supplies are the best craft supplies. Use grocery bags as the jumping off point for your next creation:
Pull a few colorful bags out of your stash, and use them to wrap a gift. Real Simple has instructions:
Knee PadsTie a grocery bag around each knee before you go out to work in the garden, and you'll avoid countless laundry stains.
Pick Up LitterCarry a grocery bag with you every time you go for a walk, and pick up any trash that you come across.
Donate ThemLibraries and thrift stores are usually thrilled to accept any extra bags that you have. Preschools and day care centers may also have use for them. Just ask, and you're sure to find someone that's happy to take them off your hands.
Take Them Back to the StoreUse them again the next time you shop, or drop them in the bag recycling bin at the entrance to the store.