Plastic grocery bags have gotten a bad reputation. People all over the country seem to be moving away from plastic grocery bags and going towards reusable shopping bags.
If you are one who likes to use cloth bags, have at it!
But, if you’re the type who still uses the plastic grocery bags when you go to the grocery store, there should be no shame in that. In fact, plastic grocery bags are actually reusable themselves and have many, many uses. Reusing them may even be able to prevent additional waste and can even save your own hard earned cash!
5 Way to Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags
1. Trash Bags
If you have your own compost pile, rarely throw anything away, and try to have a zero-waste policy in your household, then you probably don’t buy plastic trash bags for your garbage cans. But, many families who use reusable cloth bags still buy plastic trash bags and have a full load to throw away each week. Trash bags are still plastic and they are still wasteful. So, if you are going to use trash bags, try using plastic grocery bags in their place every once in a while.
Oh, and for those times you need to run around your house to pick up all the miscellaneous trash lying around, the bags work great since they are very small and portable.
2. Diaper Genie
While we’re talking about trash, let’s think about diapers. I personally use cloth diapers for my son, mostly because I’m frugal (aka: cheap!). But, there are times that we have to use disposable diapers for certain events. If your family uses disposable diapers as well, a plastic grocery bag works wonders for keeping that dirty diaper smell contained. There may not be need to have a diaper genie (that requires a separate plastic bag insert) when reusing a grocery store bag works just as well. Less money spent with the same (or less) waste.
3. Pet Pick-up
Along those same lines, it’s sometimes beneficial (and often required in some areas) to pick up after your dog/pet poops. They sell plastic bags specifically for this purpose, but again, you can save money by reusing plastic grocery bags instead.
4. Shoe Separator
When packing for a trip shoes and clothing are often stored in the same suitcase. Instead of spreading shoe germs all over your bag and clothes, you can separate them in their own plastic bag.
5. Reusable Shopping Bag
If you have extra plastic bags, or if you want to have your own reusable shopping bag without buying them, you could try making your own. Dana Made It has a very fun tutorial on how she does just that.
So, whether you use plastic, cloth, or a combination of both, there are many ways to reuse grocery bags.
If you use plastic, what’s your favorite way to reuse the bags?