Plastic grocery bags can be irritating and useful all at the same time. These days most grocery stores no longer offer paper sacks, and if you have forgotten your reusable bags, you are probably going to go home with anywhere from one to two dozen little plastic sacks. If you hate waste, then these bags probably drive you nuts. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do with plastic grocery bags to give them a second life.
First things first, you should consider investing in some reusable bags. You can often find these bags at your local grocery store for 99 cents or a dollar or two. Buy a bunch—really you can never have too many. Leave them in your car, your spouse’s car, the house, and anywhere else you think you might need them. They are useful carry bags in general. You can even save a few plastic grocery bags and reuse them at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.
If you have pets, then these bags can be very useful. For example, you can use plastic grocery bags to clean out your cat’s litter box. They are the perfect size, and this way you don’t have to dump loose litter into your trash can. If you have a small back yard, these bags are also a great way to clean up after your dog.
Plastic grocery bags also make great lunch bags for your kids or for you. If they get dirty, all you have to do is throw them away. The only drawback to using grocery bags is that they are not insulated, so if you need to keep something cold, they are not going to work.
Plastic grocery bags are the perfect size for your small trashcans. If you keep small trashcans in your bathroom or elsewhere in your house, you can use these bags as tiny trash bags. This is much less expensive than buying the small trash bags.
If you donate clothing to your local thrift stores, then these bags can help you out. Many times, people use trash bags to transport used clothing, but grocery bags will work as well. For example, you could use one trash bag to haul all of your clothing, or you could use three grocery bags to do it. It might mean that you have to do a little more work, but you didn’t pay for the grocery bags where you did pay for the trash bag.
If none of these circumstances apply to you, you can always recycle your grocery bags. Many grocery stores will have a place where you can bring your plastic bags and leave them to be recycled. Some recycling centers will recycle these bags as well.
Instead of wasting your grocery bags, get creative and find new ways to use them.
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Do you reuse your grocery bags? What are some of the ways in which you use them?