According to the American Plastic Manufacturing website , the average person “uses about 500 plastic grocery bags per year.” With this number of these bags coming into our homes every year, we might want to consider ways in which we can reuse them. Plastic grocery bags have so many uses other than simply carrying groceries or other items that we purchase from grocery and retail stores. Here are five “missions” that we can assign for our plastic grocery bags rather than sending them into the landfill:
Storage Places for Items to Recycle or Reuse
If you are collecting plastic, glass, or paper items for recycling or reusing, you can use plastic grocery bags as storage places for these objects. By doing this, you keep the containers and the contents out of the landfill.
Containers to Transport Food or Clothes to Those Who are in Need
If you are taking food to someone who is sick or providing clothes to someone in need, you can use those plastic grocery bags as containers in which to transport the food or clothes. Your plastic bags and their contents will brighten someone’s day rather than add to the excess in the landfill.
Shoe Covers to Keep Your Feet Dry in the Rain and Snow
If your home is like this author’s, you do not realize that you do not have boots until the rain or snow appears. Plastic grocery bags make wonderful temporary covers for your shoes until you are able to purchase a proper pair of boots. For shoe covers, you simply take the plastic bags, place them over your shoes that are on your feet, and tie them around your ankles. As you would do with a pair of boots, you need to be cautious when walking on slippery surfaces.
Sacks for Carrying Goodies from Yard Sales
Whether you are having a yard sale or are attending one, you can use plastic grocery bags as sacks for your customers or you to carry those yard sale finds. Considering the durability of most plastic grocery bags, you can reuse the same bags for several yard sales that you attend or hold.
Bags for Collecting Doggy Doo While on a Walk
Since most neighbors frown on having unknown doggy doo in their yards, you can take along a pooper scooper and one of your plastic grocery bags for those walks around the neighborhood with your beloved pooch. If your favorite canine has to go while you are on your journey, you can scoop up the doo, place it into the bag, and tie up the bag until you can dispose of the contents when you return home.
When you return home from grocery shopping and have a collection of those plastic grocery bags, you can consider these five suggestions for reusing them. By choosing to reuse these bags, you are not only being environmentally friendly, but you are also helping to save money for your family as well.