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Lately I've been wondering how other people use those light weight plastic shopping bags around the house and garden. We use them to line trash cans, as part of our pooper scooper kit while walking the dog, for baby diapers, as padding in shipping boxes... One of the best ideas I've heard is

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    Lately I've been wondering how other people use those light weight plastic shopping bags around the house and garden.

    We use them to line trash cans, as part of our pooper scooper kit while walking the dog, for baby diapers, as padding in shipping boxes...

    One of the best ideas I've heard is to pull a bag over each each shoe up to the knee on pant leg and use a large rubber band to hold it in place. Now use your weed whacker to cut grass and 99% of the clean up is done when you pull them off and throw them away.No tracking grass into the house.


    What are your best ideas for reusing these bags?

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    I reuse the plastic shopping bags for lunch bags. and trash bags in my car.

    I am a member of paperbackswap.com and when I mail books, I will wrap a plastic bag around it to keep the book from getting wet.

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    I do a lot of craft work and use a bag for each project I am working on.

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    Like others, I use them for trash can liners, to line my "garbage bowl" when prepping/cooking dinner, for carrying/transporting items, covering/protecting, packing items, cushioning things, quick trash throw a ways, separating things, and to store with...I'm sure there's other things I do with them, just can't remember right off hand.

    BUT, hadn't thought of covering my shoes with them...LOVE the idea!!!

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    If you crochet you can make nice carry all bags like beach stuff or whatever they are very strong and wont rip different colored bags from different stores. From Pittsburgh so black and gold bags for the Steelers work well.

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    I agree, great idea using them to cover shoes.

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    Here is a project I want to do with plastic bags. however, you have to fuse them together so I imagine it is going to stink. I am waiting for a warm say, when I am alone, I can go outside with my iron and do this.

    I have also herd of people making diaper covers with fused plastic bags. I guess once you get 6-8 fused together them become workable like cloth.

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    Here is another craft project I want to do with plastic bags. plastic bags to reusable tote - Imgur making a plastic bag out of plastic bags but not having to make plarn.

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    So many good ideas, I would love to hear more about fusing the bags together. It seems that about ten years ago I saw a picture where a woman had crocheted them into beach bags. I'd bet if you could fuse them into a long enough strand you could make just about anything, Has anyone seen the uses when they are crocheted together?

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    if you go to pinterest, type in plastic bag, you will find a lot tutorials on how to fuse plastic bags together. I recommend you read many different ways to fuse bags. So many people have different helpful hints that if all come together will make a great project.

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    I use them to tie my veggie plants to the stakes...

    I will also cut them in strips and then tie them to AOL cd's and hang them around my garden -- they blow easily in the wind, and scare away birds
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    I have seen totes crocheted from bread wrappers. Cute for summer use. Also Christmas wreaths made from plastic bags.

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    I put them over my hands like Mittens when cleaning critter houses/cages and then just scoop them closed with the mess inside. It works great when cleaning chewy's house.

    I love the idea of putting them over your knees when weedwacking/gardening. We don't usually have very many plastic bags though, we usually use our cloth aldi bags for groceries. I don't buy much at walmart or other big box stores. It's usually cheaper for us to order directly on Amazon.
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    Thanks so much for the info on where to find fusing instructions, I was afraid that I might end up with a bunch of melted plastic on my iron and ruin it. I never thought of Pinterest, but I don't know a whole lot about it. Obviously it is about more than just favorite collections. How do you find what you want on Pinterest?

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    I love the idea for Christmas wreaths. Does anyone remember the wreaths that were covered in peppermints or butterscotch drops that people used to make at Christmas. Under the bow was a pair of scissors and you just cut off candy when you wanted a piece. I'll bet crocheted plastic bags would make a great base for this type of wreath!

 

 
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