101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

101 Uses For is popular and let's hope it stays that way. Our second book is presently called 101 tips for self sufficiency; we will certainly dip into this section for ideas. So post away and let's try and get at least one thread up to 101.
User avatar
Harasimow
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 116
Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:02 pm
Location: Derbyshire England

101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185715 Harasimow
Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:54 pm

Yes we should use canvas bags when shopping but theres always that time we pop to the shop unprepared or we dont take enugh bags with us!

Round my way supermarkets are being pathetic and hiding the bags under the counter in a vain atempt to be "green" but still giving them away free. Im one of lifes pack rats and scavange lots and hoard it all. So what to do with my collection of plastic bags I wonder.....

1) Bin liners
2) Fill with soil to weight down weed proof matting on the allotment
3) Twist it up and lightly burn to make impromptu string
4) Use as a waterproof liner inside backpack
5) Fill with sand and tie to tent when camping on a beach.

User avatar
ElizabethBinary
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 173
Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:45 pm
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Contact:

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185717 ElizabethBinary
Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:57 pm

You know I need to really find out how she did it, but my grandmother used to crochet them into balls and stuff them with one more bag and make cat toys out of them.

User avatar
JulieSherris
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1608
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:12 pm
Location: Co Galway, ROI.

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185726 JulieSherris
Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:31 pm

The more people I meet, the more I like my garden :wink:

User avatar
ElizabethBinary
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 173
Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:45 pm
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Contact:

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185727 ElizabethBinary
Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:42 pm

JulieSherris wrote:Nods vigorously.....

6 - Crochet with them!!

http://www.nezumiworld.com/crochet_029.htm
http://plasticbagbag.com/how.html


WOW thanks! This brings back many wonderful memories of my grandmother. She used to collect everyone's bags and crochet them into the cat toys and donate the toys to the RSPCA by the hundreds.

Her doormat was crotcheted plastic bags, too. Not my style, but she was a quirky one. Loved it.

User avatar
snapdragon
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1752
Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:05 pm
latitude: 51.253841
longitude: -1.612340
Location: Wiltshire, on the edge and holding

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185739 snapdragon
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:52 am

7. Freezer bags
8. seperating the recycling before taking to the oh so (in) convenient 'household recycling centre'
Say what you mean and be who you are, Those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind
:happy6:

User avatar
Nomada
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 417
Joined: Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:31 am
Location: North West

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185753 Nomada
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:07 am

They are not bad to crochet with, that's what I did with all mine. Turn in to easter baskets too!

http://luckyladybirdcraft.blogspot.com/ ... riend.html

you can also iron them together to make a plastic fabric but I'm not sure how safe that is....
England is not a Free People, till the Poor that have no Land, have a free allowance to dig and labour the Commons.

User avatar
Milims
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 4390
Joined: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:06 pm
Location: North East

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185754 Milims
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:27 am

Knit with them
Let us be lovely
And let us be kind
Let us be silly and free
It won't make us famous
It won't make us rich
But damn it how happy we'll be!
Edward Monkton


Member of the Ish Weight Loss Club since 10/1/11 Started at 12st 8 and have lost 8lb so far!

User avatar
Brij
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 389
Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:48 pm
Location: Ile de France
Contact:

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185838 Brij
Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:18 pm

I once crocheted about a dozen into a flip-flop sole. I stuck little rolls of baking paper into the gaps I wanted to use to thread the thongs in and stuck the sole between two sheets of baking paper before ironing. While it was still warm, I put my foot on it and pressed down hard to help it mould to my foot, before threading some plaited ribbons as a thong. It actually wasn't bad, and surprisingly was very non-slip (even on carpet) and about the right flexibility for a flip-flop sole ... unfortunately I never got around to making a second one and it ended up going in the recycling bin!!
"Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realise that money cannot be eaten"

Cree Indian prophecy

My Blogette

User avatar
Minnesota
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 255
Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:59 pm
Location: Minnesota, USA

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185852 Minnesota
Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:15 pm

9. Luggage... for inpromptu trips :)
10. Fill with used scoopable cat litter and throw in trash.

crowsashes
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 584
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:10 pm
Location: plymouth, i can see cornwall :P

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185859 crowsashes
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:45 am

no idea what number we are on lol! all sorts of crafty stuff!

i stumbled upon this a while ago

http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles ... rafts.html

you can turn a carrier bag, into a new bag :scratch: :lol:

love the rain coat idea though!

User avatar
Millymollymandy
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 17637
Joined: Tue May 10, 2005 6:09 am
Location: Brittany, France

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185875 Millymollymandy
Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:20 am

Milims wrote:Knit with them

I put my knitting IN them. :iconbiggrin: Ihave many bags on the go with different wools in them.

We don't get them here, or at least very rarely, so I have a massive hoard saved over many years and it's quite interesting remembering the shops and what I bought there. Mostly from England!
boboff wrote:Oh and just for MMM, :hugish: (thanks)


http://chateaumoorhen.blogspot.com/

User avatar
bonniethomas06
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1245
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:24 am
Location: Wiltshire, UK

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185890 bonniethomas06
Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:44 am

I use mine for lining cat litter trays, and collecting ash from the fireplace.

Thinking about his though, I wonder if sometimes we would be better recycling them, than 're-using' them?

I am very unlikely to re-cycle a bag covered in cat litter :cat: , or one that is covered in soot. So they end up in landfill after all - it is just delayed.

Wheras if I kept them clean and in one place, I suppose I could just pop them into the recycling point next time I am passing.

Hmm... :scratch:
"A pretty face is fine, but what a farmer needs is a woman who can carry a pig under each arm"

My blog...

http://www.theparttimesmallholder.blogspot.com

User avatar
Milims
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 4390
Joined: Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:06 pm
Location: North East

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185903 Milims
Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:38 am

Millymollymandy wrote:
Milims wrote:Knit with them

I put my knitting IN them. :iconbiggrin: Ihave many bags on the go with different wools in them.

We don't get them here, or at least very rarely, so I have a massive hoard saved over many years and it's quite interesting remembering the shops and what I bought there. Mostly from England!


Post them to MMM! :lol:
Let us be lovely
And let us be kind
Let us be silly and free
It won't make us famous
It won't make us rich
But damn it how happy we'll be!
Edward Monkton


Member of the Ish Weight Loss Club since 10/1/11 Started at 12st 8 and have lost 8lb so far!

User avatar
Millymollymandy
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 17637
Joined: Tue May 10, 2005 6:09 am
Location: Brittany, France

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #185923 Millymollymandy
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:42 pm

Noooooooo cos I've got way more than I need and they don't get thrown away!

* Another use - I take the really big ones over to the orchard to pick up windfall apples in - sometimes use a couple of bags as one can be for apples straight off the tree for storing and the other for the windfalls to keep them separate. They're pretty sturdy those kind of bags and can be reused time and time again and they hold more than my trugs.

* I also have plastic bag bags. I.e. store the plastic bags inside another one.

* I have one that stores all the loo roll inners and every now and again I sit down and rip them up for the compost. They are handy because of the handles which can be hung on hooks.

* Take on holiday to put all your dirty laundry in so it doesn't get mixed up with the clean stuff.

* Ditto with a little one to put wet facecloth or sponge in so everything in your wash bag doesn't get wet.

* Put muddy boots inside when in the car.

So you see why I have hoarded them cos I find them very handy indeed! :lol:
boboff wrote:Oh and just for MMM, :hugish: (thanks)


http://chateaumoorhen.blogspot.com/

User avatar
Green Rosie
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 277
Joined: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:59 pm
Location: France
Contact:

Re: 101 Uses for Plastic Shopping bags.

Post: #186143 Green Rosie
Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:00 am

Millymollymandy wrote:Noooooooo cos I've got way more than I need and they don't get thrown away!
:


Send them to me instead - supplies are getting very low here :roll:

One word of warning - do NOT use biodegradable ones to store stuff in on top of wardrobe. After a while little flakes of white stuff will start appearing on your floor and it'll take you ages to realise it is the bag, gently degrading and floating away :iconbiggrin:


Return to “101 Uses For”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests