If your like me chances are you probably have a hidden stash of plastic grocery bags hidden under your sink or in a spare drawer. The Wall Street Journal reported that US consumers go through over 100 billion plastic bags each year. Although many of them are recycled, the majority of these are tossed in the trash ending up in landfills, along roadsides, and in the oceans. These easily discarded carriers pose suffocation and other health threats to humans and animals alike. In hopes of putting my dent in the growing epidemic that is plastic waste I’ve compiled a list of some easy fun recycling ideas.
1. Plarn- Plarn is “yarn” made from plastic bags that are cut into strips and crocheted to make any number of things I am particularly fond of baskets and rugs but you can even make sandles! The plastic creates durable stiff products with very little maintenance. (just hose them off.)
2. Plastic bags can be used as a quick replacement in the kitchen standing in for pastry frosting bags just snip the corner. I used this method recently to make filled cupcakes and it worked perfectly.
3. Packing material – instead of shelling out your hard-earned money on packing peanuts try using balled up plastic bags and newspapers to cushion your package for free.
4. Painting – Do you like the look of leather? It is easy to achieve and all you need is paint and you guessed it a plastic bag! Heres a link to that project http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/decorative-paint-technique-leather/index.html
5. Get creative – bracelets, flowers, soccer balls. With a little imagination and some trial and error there’s no limit to the uses you can find for what would otherwise get tossed. Remember one person trash is another’s treasure!
I am still looking for more ways to reuse the bags that will permanently keep them out of landfills and would love to hear your ideas!