Folding Plastic Grocery Bags

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    Walmart and Kroger both have large bins for recycling bags. Even when I cut up the plastic grocery bags and make yarn out of them, I still have ends and pieces left over;so I have a special wastebasket that I put the leftover plastic in. When I find a bag that has been ripped out, I can't cut it up properly to use as yarn; so I use that bag to store all of the leftover plastic from the bags that I did cut up.
    When they recycle the bags, they melt the plastic and make new bags anyway; so it does not matter that mine are shredded up into pieces.
    This saves even those parts of the bag from going into a landfill and laying there forever. It is strange how something that shreds apart so easy when you are carrying groceries in it can last for such a long time in the ground, and even when it is used as yarn to make rugs and slippers, it lasts a long time.
     
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    Here in California depending on wear you live you have to pay for a bag, wether it's plastic or paper. Even stores like Loft, etc ask if you want to buy a bag.

    I save some of my plastic bags, use them for different things around the house or for shoes when I pack.

    I have an old vacuum cleaner that I never use next to the fridge in the garage. I just loop one handle of the bah over the handle of the vacuum cleaner...it holds quite a lot and they're not all wrinkled up.
     
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    Paying for plastic bags became a supposed law in this city some years back.

    It was aimed to discourage the use of non-recyclable materials in favor or paper bags, carton boxes and so on.

    However this city characterizes for last-living laws, projects or initiatives, not because they are over, taken down or reversed, but that once in effect, the pass of the time sends them to the land of the forgotten and nobody pays attention ever to them.
     
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    What great tips here people!

    The plastic flowers are done the same way when I use to make flowers from colored tissue paper.. many , many years ago... but I now want to try the flowers with recylcled white bags and just need to get me some pink straws.. thank you all so much for the ideas on this home improvement thread. I enjoyed all the ideas, videos and info that were given here !!

    I will be checking in here more often from now on.. ..:)
     
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    That's a beautiful rug, @Yvonne Smith. I like the idea of adding a strand of yarn with the bags, I've never seen that done before.

    I stuff all of the bags into one of the reusable grocery bags, the kind you use for frozen goods, because it's more sturdy. It just hangs in the kitchen, on the knob of the pantry door. I use those bags to scoop the dirty kitty litter into, then put them in a big plastic litter container outside, sort of like a diaper pail. It's nice not to have the odor inside, and the litter diaper pails are out of my budget, especially since it's recommended that people put one by each litter box. I have way too many litter boxes and way too little space to do that.
     
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    That's the same here, they teach the customers to bring their own bags otherwise they pay for the plastic bags. But in the recent years, with the banning of the plastic bags, what the supermarkets and groceries have for an option are the so called eco-bags which are made of cloth so it is reusable. But the banning of plastic grocery bags applies only to cities that have that kind of ordinance, not all cities have that ban. This Christmas season, it was a surprise to see those plastic grocery bags again. The supermarket personnnel said that the city government had given them a permit for that from Dec 15 to January 3 only. That is to give convenience to shoppers during the holiday season.
     
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    It's nice that they permitted them during the holiday season, for shopper convenience. I have some of the reusable bags, but I tend to use them for other things. I use one to hold my plastic bags. I keep one of the insulated bags in the trunk, but usually forget to use it. I have read stories about germs in/on the reusable ones, so it's difficult to know what to do these days.
     
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    We also have issues with reusable bags like what you said about germs. It can be a nest of cockroaches and other insects. But I believe those talks are just trash talks invented by enemies of the plastic ban. Remember, the plastic grocery bag is a product of an industry, that means business and they are fighting back. Our cloth bags are in the car all the time so we wouldn't forget when we go to the grocery or supermarket. In fairness to the cloth bag, it is sturdy and durable unlike plastic bags which tear when there are cartons with pointed corners.
     
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    Yes, @Corie Henson and I've noticed that the plastic bags seem to be more flimsy these days. I used to prefer the Kroger plastic bags over the ones from Walmart, because the bags from Kroger were more sturdy, but it seems nowadays even the ones from Kroger tear readily and sometimes even the handles come off. The Target plastic bags are the sturdiest I've found, and I save those for things other than cat litter, so I can use them again and again. I still haven't shopped at Aldi since the one time I went in and the lines were too long and I left, but I keep some of the reusable bags in the car for that reason, because I plan to go back and explore the store further at some point.
     
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    That is the reason why I posted this video on how to properly fold plastic bags. We always save the plastic bags from the grocery and the only problem is in folding. When we learned how to neatly fold it then I taught it to every one. But now that plastic grocery bags are banned in almost the whole of Metro Manila, we are left with the cloth bag that we call eco bag. And for some groceries that still use plastic grocery bags, do not trust the bags because they are biodegradable. That means the plastic will self-destruct in a matter of months.
     
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