I need ideas of things I can do with plastic bags from the grocery store

United States
December 17, 2007 11:10pm CST
Does anyone have any creative ways of reusing plastic bags from the grocery store. I know I can use them to clean up after my dogs, use as liners for small waste baskets, carrying things, but does anyone have anything really creative and practical that I wouldn't normally think of. What about crafts? Not to carry supplies but where the plastic bag becomes a part of it thus truly recycled/reused? Also, I know you can recycle them as well. I used to see a receptacle for that at Walmart but have not seen it in awhile.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
18 Dec 07
I knew a lady years ago who used to collect the coloured ones and the plastic bread bags cut them into strips and crochet coat hangers and doilies with them, she used to collect the purpley ones and made a few things for me, they were very nice..
• United States
18 Dec 07
Any pictures?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
18 Dec 07
No sorry this was a few years ago, she made me one big round one and a few little ones, the were good being plastic, just had to wipe them over... here is a site I found... this is what they sort of looked like but round and the ones she made me were made from the purple bread bags... http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2007/10/19/recycled-bread-bag-handbag/
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
19 Dec 07
That is a great photo. I make these two, but usually use a circle loom instead of a crochet hook.
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@beeeckie (803)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I use them as packing material for shipping through the mail, as well as many of the things mentioned above.
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@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
18 Dec 07
We have always used the plastic bags as garbage bags. I also use them as bags to carry things other than groceries. I guess the most creative use I have for them is using them as dye caps. When I dye my hair I put one on top of my head while I am waiting for the dye to set. It helps keep all the hair up and off of things so I don't get dye everywhere. We recycle plastic as well. Safeway's up here have a plastic bag recycle bin. Our local recylcing depot also recycles them. Now we have those cloth reusable bags that we use for grocery shopping. they are made with recycled material and are stronger than the plastic bags.
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@paidreader (5151)
• United States
18 Dec 07
I've seen them used to make "rag rugs". I'm sure you've seen the braided ones made out of fabric scraps, these are made the same way, except with plastic bags. I've even seen breadbags used to make them. One of the things I really liked about the idea is that you can just spray them with the waterhose to clean them. If you're into craft work, consider using the plastic bags as "stuffing" instead of using fiberfill products.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
19 Dec 07
Ann's Bag-Bag - This bag was knit on a circle loom and the handle is just a chain stitch.
Yes, the two things I make from clean used grocery store bags are knit bags and rugs. What do I store in the the bags? All sorts of things, including bags! I fold the bags as soon as we take the groceries out, both to keep them nice and also because they take up less space that way, and then sort them according to color. Then I cut them into strips and use circle looms to knit the bags. For rugs or mats, I use a large crochet hook to finish off the edges. I like to put the mats under flower pots on the porch and that sort of thing. Here is a photo of one of my bag-bags, as I call them.
• United States
19 Dec 07
The photo looks like there is yarn in there as well. That's very cool. Did you go from a pattern or did you sort of just wing it?
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• United States
19 Dec 07
I only use mine for the same old you know whats. The garbage,cat litter,hair conditioner cap,packaging fillers. I know this site might help you. http://www.thrifyfun.com I am a member and think I saw a rug here once.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 07
no way! that's also my problem...
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@salam1 (1475)
• Malaysia
18 Dec 07
This is a good tip from http://lifestyle.msn.com/green/articletkt.aspx?cp-documentid=4400069&page=2 Reuse plastic bags. Instead of chucking 100 billion plastic sacks a year (wow!), try and get a second, third, or tenth use out of them. Tote your lunch to work or your groceries home, or at least use them as garbage bags. Better yet, next time you shop, try a reusable bag. Learn how at ReusableBags.com. The payoff: You're reducing pollution. The amount of oil it would take to make just 14 plastic bags would run your car for one mile.
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• United States
30 Dec 07
I purchased some fabric bags so I don't have so many plastic ones to begin with.
• United States
23 Dec 07
You can use them to make a great paint effect on your walls at home. Just wad them up and use them like you would to sponge paint. You can also carry them to the store with you and use the bags you have already gotten so you dont get more new bags. It isnt convienent but saves us all a bit here and there.