Plastic bags are a bane to the environment because of the same thing it gives us – durability and longevity of use. 100% of the time, plastics outlive the reason we used them for. So, before we know it, our landfills are filled with these things that don’t even decompose. One way to reduce this problem is to lessen the amount of plastic in the waste at any given time. We can recycle these bags, especially with these crafty ideas for storing plastic bags for later use.
Ideas for Storing Plastic Bags: Use a Coffee Canister
If you buy the large canisters, then you have yourself a fairly large plastic bag holder! And as with any of these suggestions, you can also decorate your can.
Coffee cans will have a plastic lid, so this makes them a good choice for this hack. Simply cut a hole in the lid so you can pull bags through as you need them.
Another great upcycling idea. Who doesn’t have tissue boxes in the house? And it really doesn’t matter what shape or size they are.
Obviously, if you fold your bags neatly beforehand, you will be able to fit a lot more bags in. Be sure to look for ways how to fold plastic bags.
Storing Plastic Bags Ideas: Plastic Milk Jug
Wow. I can’t remember the last time I saw a milk jug. Maybe it’s a regional thing, but grocery stores in my city only have bags and cartons of milk.
But if you have jugs where you live, you now have another use for them – like a grocery bag dispenser.
If doing this, I would think you might want to use a bit of caution. When you cut out those holes on the side, I’m guessing they could have sharp edges, so be careful!
Disinfecting Wipes Container
If you’ve used up a container or 10 due to your new obsession with surgically clean surfaces, you now have a use for your empties.
These sturdy plastic containers can be used as a shopping bag holder as well!
It will take a bit of work. You’ll need to fold and roll your bags, and then put the roll in the container.
Baby Wipes Container
If you have a baby in the house, there is a good chance you have a baby wipes container you can repurpose.
There are multiple ways to do this, but one neat way is to fold up the bags and layer them inside. But you could also insert them so that they could be pulled from the top dispensing hole.
Now don’t use this as an excuse to run out and buy some junk food.
But if you have to happen to have Pringles or Lays Stacks cans, you can reuse them as plastic grocery bag holders.
If you want to be really mean, you can leave them as is, fill them with bags, and let unsuspecting people think there are chips in the house. Or you can decorate them like they are in this image.
We can and should do our part in reducing our environmental footprint by being much more conscious about the things we consume and use. While not using single-use plastics is the way to go, these ideas on storing plastic bags can help you reuse these grocery bags that you’d otherwise throw away. Share these ideas for storing plastic bags with your friends and family so they can start recycling too.