What do you do with all of those plastic grocery bags?

@kaysue4 (951)
United States
May 24, 2008 8:50am CST
I have found a use for them besides placing them in the the recycle bin. I am making a beach bag by cutting them and and them I have a round loom and I am weaving the bottom and then knitting the rest of the bag. You can take them to the beach and place your towel and your wet suit into them and all you will have to do when you get home if you have sand in it is spray it out in the wash sink or hose outside. My next project will be making a new shopping bag out of them to take to the store all of the time. So, what do you do with your plastic bags from the store?
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9 responses
• United States
25 May 08
The rug and bag ideas are so creative. I'd love to see one of these sometime. We try to reduce the number of bags we get buy using reusable bags instead. When we do get the plastic bags, we use them as trashcan liners or for cat and/or ferret litter.
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
25 May 08
I am slowly buying more reuseable bags and getting in the habit of taking them with me into the store also. Now I have to work on hubby doing the same thing. He things I am strange, he is a bit older than I am, so different ways of thinking. My mom uses them as trash can liners also. I will post a picture on my home page when I get it done. It is taking me a bit longer to do the bottom than I thought because my hands are bad and it is hard for me to do the weaving. Thanks for the response.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 May 08
Well, based on an idea from another mylotter...or maybe you, it's been a while...I've been saving mine to weave into rugs. The kind that would go in a bathroom or mudroom. I really like your idea of a wet bag though. I have a set of round looms so I may just have to give that a try!
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
25 May 08
I would love to do that, but I would have to save too many bags. I also seen one person that made a picnic blanket with them also. If you are doing a bag on the loom, do the weaved bottom. Do you know how to hook the bags together? I took them and folded the bag longways several times and then cut off the handles and the bottom and then cut about two inch strips. It is hard to explain how to hook them together, it is like putting one half way on top of the other and then pull the other part through so it will do a knot. It will take about 10 bags for the sides. For the bottom you cut them the same way, but then cut the circle so it is just one long strip and then I used two sided tape to jion them together in one very long strip to do the weaved bottom. I hope I was able to explain that a little bit. I can't wait to hit 500 so I can cut and paste links in.
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@compumom (738)
• United States
25 May 08
I usually bring my own cloth bags to the grocery store so I don't get too many of the plastic ones. When I do have plastic bags I use them to pick up dog poop.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
25 May 08
I have been buying the cloth bags also. I have three different sizes so far. I have a few in reserve if my dogs have done there business in the wrong places.
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@ssh123 (31096)
• India
24 May 08
My brother runs a stationery shop and he needs envelopes and carry bags. So we send all of them to his shop for reuse.
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@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
25 May 08
What a great cost effective idea! Thanks for the responce.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
29 May 08
We use ours in the small trashcans we have in the office, bathrooms and bedrooms. I don't get many nowadays cause I have been using our cloth bags (going green) but since we only have 7 bags we still get a few plastic ones.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
29 May 08
I save all mine and most were used up fairly quickly because I used them when I cleaned out the cat litter box. Since she goes out at night now, she rarely uses the box, so my supply is building up again. I've seen where people crochet bags out of those and also bread bags. I've tried, and it is a pain to work with, but I'd really like to give it another go. They are supposed to be very sturdy, and I could use several of them when I shop at Aldi's, where you have to pay for bags or bring your own (and I bring those back to use again too!).
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
26 May 08
We usually use them as trash bags in our vehicles and in the bathroom as well. They are just right for this, and when they are full, you can just tie the handles together and everything is well contained.
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• Canada
31 May 08
We can no longer use groccery bags as trash bags in my city, because everything has to be sorted into see-hrough bags. I use the plastic bags to transport things, like if I need to give someone something and I need a bag for it... if I send clothes home for Mom to fix, or something... I wish we could still use them for garbage bags. The ones they make us buy are way too expensive.
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@eagle_f15 (2052)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 08
I use those plastic bags for garbage. Will ine them in the bin for rubbish and when its full tie em up and throw em into the rubbish chute.