What is a Tree Hugger doing with plastic grocery bags? You should shop with reusable bags, Stacy, you say.
Oh, but I do, I do! I answer earnestly. Well, sometimes, not always.
The truth is, I use those plastic grocery bags to line the trash cans in the bathrooms and kitchen. My question to the naysayers is, why prohibit plastic grocery bags and then turn around and allow the sale of plastic garbage bags? I suppose I should compost my garbage, but what do I do with my trash? Do I burn it? That poses a different sort of threat to the environment. Ah – the woes of a modern country girl.
Anyway, most of the time I take my lovely Thirty-One totes to the grocery store and carry my stuff home in those. But occasionally, I just use the plastic bags so that I have a supply of trash bags.
But how to store those bags – they take up so much room?
Plastic Bag Keeper to the rescue – and it recycles things you have around the house!
You will need:
a paper towel tube (I know, I know – Why are you using paper towels, Stacy? you ask. Honestly, I don’t. But the man of the house insists they are necessary in his workshop, and how can I deny him?)
leftover wall paper or wrapping paper
about 12″ of ribbon
sponge or sponge brush
paper clips or clothespins
- Cut your paper about 6 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches long.
- Spread glue on the paper using a sponge or sponge brush.
- Carefully wrap the paper around the tube, smoothing wrinkles or bubbles as you go around.
- Leave about a half inch of paper to extend past the tube.
- Cut the ends of the paper.
- Fold the ends of the paper over the ends of the tube, adding more glue if necessary.
- Cut a length of ribbon about 13″ long.
- Glue ribbon over the seam.
- Secure with clothespins or paper clips until dry.
Stuff with all those dastardly plastic bags – you can probably shove twenty bags in there. It takes up so little space under the sink, too!
Alica @ Happily Married to the Cows said:
I have several plastic bag keepers that a friend made/gave to me. They’re similar to yours here, but are made of fabric, with elastic at the ends, and they hang in my basement steps. They can be stuffed full and overflowing with bags! A couple of friends have also been recently crocheting tote bags out of plastic grocery store bags! They’re actually quite interesting! I haven’t attempted it myself yet.
Great ideas! I love it when people find creative ways to recycle. ❤
You are the creative queen, Ms. Stacy! Who would have thunk? I use all three kinds of bags: plastic, paper and reusable. The plastic bags can be recycled around these parts so I don’t feel bad about using them. Should I?
No, you should not feel bad – not in my opinion, anyway. I think it’s important to reuse them or recycle them. I reuse them; you recycle them. What shall we conquer next, Kathy? ❤
I love this, Stacy! I have a whole drawer devoted to the storage of these insidious little things. I could certainly use that space for something else. You bring up some interesting questions. I do try to be caring of our environment and shop with totes, but there are times when I simply forget or don’t have them with me. I must try to do better…..I use mine for kitty litter. xo Karen
I think the important thing is that you recycle them, Karen – your kitties must be very happy. 🙂
El Guapo said:
Ha! Very clever!
And it would help me reclaim some needed pantry space too.
Glad I could help. And if you’re not in a crafty mood, you can just shove them in a plain tube. That’s what I did until I had the time to decorate one. ❤
That is a very neat and clever plastic bag keeper!
How could we do without those paper towels?! Those are no threat to the environment as they are very easy degradable and will recycle fast into compost. But you are right about certain issues; a vicious circle.
Enjoy your new week ahead.
You have a great week, too, Mariette! ❤