New Uses For Plastic Bags - REuse...

Did you know that over 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year?  That is a pretty staggering figure...especially when you consider that it takes over 100 years for plastic bags to biodegrade.  That is a lot of trash.

We suggest using your own cloth bags for shopping!  They are sold everywhere now, and they are actually better bags for the job.  -They hold more stuff, and do not break as you lug them from the car to your house, sending your cans rolling down the driveway and christening the driveway with glass and applesauce.  I get my bags at Trader Joe's, but there are also bags sold at Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and nearly every other market you venture into these days.  Here is a link to a gal's site who makes very cool shopping bags and produce bags.  If you live in Orange County she will be at the Irvine Farmer's Market for the next few weeks, or you can get them online here.

But what about those bags that you have piled under your sink?  Well, lets make the most use of them, shall we.  Here are some of our favorite suggested new uses for old bags that we got from Realsimple.com.  (To view the full article, click here.
  • Plastic Bags as Paint Preservers - You're painting the kitchen when an emergency (kid's sick at school; Brad Pitt is Ellen's special guest) calls you off the job. To keep brushes and rollers from drying out, place them in bags and tie them or wrap them with rubber bands to keep air out. The tools will stay moist and protected for a day or so.
  • Plastic Bags for Easy Kitchen Clean-Ups - For no-fuss cleanup, instead of peeling fruits and vegetables over a cutting board or into the sink, do it over a plastic bag. When you're done, flip the peelings into the garbage and rinse the bag to reuse another day, or simply toss the whole shebang into the trash.
  • Plastic Bags for Playtime - Make parachutes for action figures to heighten the adventure at playtime. Cut out a square from a bag, and poke a hole in each corner. Cut four pieces of string (or dental floss) at least a foot long and loop one through each hole, tying a knot to secure it; tie the other end of each string around the toy.
  • Plastic Bags in the Suitcase - When packing a suitcase, use them to keep shoes from soiling clothes and dirty things from clean ones. 
  • Plastic Bags as Wrapping Paper - No time to make an emergency pre-party run for wrapping paper? Riffle through your bags to find the prettiest and most colorful — or just ones without writing. Triple-bag the gift, then tie all three sets of handles into a knot. Cut the tops of the loops and fan the pieces out to make a plume.
  • Plastic Bags for Craft Time - Protect work surfaces at arts-and-crafts time. Slit bags up the sides, spread them out flat, tape them together, and lay them across any table or surface your kids are getting creative (i.e., making a mess) on.
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