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15 Re-Uses for Plastic Zipper Baggies

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15 Re-Uses for Plastic Zipper Baggies

By Sayward Rebhal, Networx

You know the bags I mean – The Brand Which Will Not Be Named, and all of its many knock-offs. These days, they come in a million different sizes, for sandwiches and snacks and freezers and beyond. They have that oh-so-handy zipper-like locking top, and they’re made from that inexpensive, durable, eco-nightmare of a material: cheap plastic.

They’re hard to shake, I’ll give you that. Convenience, man! They really are just so convenient. So maybe you still have a box of them lying around. Maybe you have plans of buying a reusable variety once they’re gone (good for you!). In the meantime, what will you do to maximize the usage from the ones you’ve already got? Here’s a few ideas:

1. Wash ‘em.

I hope this goes without saying, and I hope it’s the first thing you do with all of your bags. They can be rinsed and reused again and again. The rest of these suggestions, 2-15, are meant for bags that have already served their purpose through many rounds of kitchen washings, have begun to degrade, and are no longer appropriate for food storage.

2. Home storage.

Use them around the house to hold all manner of flotsam and jetsam. Think marbles, batteries, and little plumber supplies like washers, coupons, etc.

3. Board game storage.

Know what’s a bummer? When you’re excited to play your favorite game, and you pull it out, only to find that it’s missing some essential piece, or you only have one die when you need two, etc. Prevent this scenario by bagging each and every play piece for each and every board game in your collection, right now.

4. Travel storage.

Now that TSA has loosened up their regulations, we’re all back to flying with full toiletries – toothpaste, lotion, etc. If you want to make sure your shampoo doesn’t explode all over your shoes, pack it up in a plastic baggie.

5. Travel storage – on your person.

River rafting, hiking, water parks, rainy rainforests – who knows what kind of awesome adventure you’re going to have this summer. But if you think you might get wet, why not stash your ID, passport, cash, etc, in a plastic baggie. Better safe than soggy, right?

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5:21AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

thank you

1:28PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

cool tips. thanks

3:52AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thanks, re-use depends what was originally stored in them, but I don't use them that often. Basically some snack size for leftovers or for snacks on the go).

4:28PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Great tips, thanks.

3:19PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Good ideas. Thanks.

4:05AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Great tips. I particularly like the finger painting. Thanks.

12:26AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

I'm so happy I do most of those...thanks for this great list!

5:45PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Good article...thank you

2:47PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

RECYCLE your ZIPLOC brand bags. the boxes will be marked. do your part.

12:12PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

I tried putting all of my berries in one of the big zipper loc bags. Every time they leak which makes a big mess in my fridge. I try to avoid plastic or at least reuse as much as possible any plastic bags I get.

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