Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are one of the biggest perpetrators of environmental harm. Every year, 380 billion (with a “b”) are consumed in the United States alone. Global estimates put the number of plastic bags used every year at almost a trillion bags. In other words, approximately one million plastic bags are being used and thrown away every minute.

The damage to the environment is colossal. For one, they’re not biodegradable. They never break down. They just sit there. They take up space and leech harmful chemicals. If they make their way into wildlife or marine life, they’ll often choke animals. Turtles, for instance, can mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. They try to eat them, then die when the plastic bags expand in their stomach.

Long story short: Throwing away plastic bags is bad and contributes to a massive global problem.

Recycling is better, but still not the ideal option. Recycling uses a lot of energy and also produces harmful chemical residues in and of itself. Instead, reusing your plastic bags is perhaps the #1 way to help the environment – while saving money.

Here are a few ways you can reuse your plastic bag.

Use It as a Trash Bag

Use it in your kitchen, in your bedrooms or in the bathroom as a trash bag.

This way, you don’t have to buy garbage bags. You can even keep reusing each bag until it tears. Alternatively, you can just use each bag once and throw it out. Chances are, you’ll never run out of trash bags.

Doggy Poop Bags

Instead of buying doggy poop bags or using zip lock bags, just use your plastic bags.

Save up your plastic bags. If you accumulate a lot of bags, this is a fantastic way to put them to use.

Use It to Collect Leaves

Do you use leaf bags to help manage your garden? Instead of using other bags, why not just use your existing plastic bags instead?

As a Food Storage Tool

A lot of foods are incredibly messy to store. For example, flour can get all over the place once you’ve opened it.

If you should ever need to store something messy like spices or flour, you can easily just store it in a plastic bag and twist the top to close.

Tear It Up for Packaging

Shred up your used plastic bags and use them for packaging. Instead of using newspaper or buying bubble wrap, just collect your old plastic bags and crumple them up.

As you can tell, there are a lot of ways to put old plastic bags to use. Of course, the best environmental course is to use your own bags whenever possible. If you do build up plastic bags, however, don’t throw them away – reuse them instead. Now you know how.

 

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Recycling: Are You Doing Everything You Can?

Recycling: Are You Doing Everything You Can?

It may come as a surprise to you, but there is a really good chance that the town or city you live in offer a service you may not have heard of; an energy audit. Cities and towns all over the country have started doing this, where an auditor comes to your home and goes through your living space and helps you to see where you could make changes that will not only help you conserve energy but will help you save money! What a bonus it is to save money by doing the right thing.

There are so many changes you can make in your home to impact the way we recycle and in the end, will help you keep some of the money in your pocket.

Having recycling bins set up so that you can properly sort the items that are recycled is a great first step. That activity alone can cut down greatly on the items that end up in the landfills rather than where they can be recycled.

Keeping your televisions, DVDs, stereos and computers plugged in to a power strip or surge protector rather than directly into the wall and then turning off the power strip will cut back greatly on power “leaks” that can cost you money on your utility bill. Being aware to turn these items off, is the first step, and then having them plugged into the power strip will just further the action for saving money and energy.

Don’t leave a light on when you walk out of a room and no one else is in there. And have you changed your light bulbs from the traditional ones to the compact fluorescent fluorescent kind? Did you know that the newer lights use 75% less energy to run and they will out live a traditional light bulb by up to 10 years? Make the changes that need to be made in your home.

Don’t run the dishwasher or the washing machine unless they are full. It’s a waste of energy and water to run a cycle through the dishwasher when it’s only half full. Don’t turn it on until you have a full load to wash and then just wash them all at once.

Use microfiber cloths for cleaning all kinds of surfaces like furniture, counters and sinks. The bonus is that these items can be tossed into the washer and are perfectly able to be reused again and again. Think of the savings in paper towels alone! Talk about a win-win; if we use fewer paper towels, then that means fewer trees need to be cut to make them in the first place. How can we go wrong with thinking like that?

Take shorter showers and see if you can pick up a shower head that is a water-conserving item, already in place, that will save you money and you’ll never even notice the difference during your shower.

There is so much you can do in the efforts to recycle, just be sure you’re doing your part.

 

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