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18 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

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7. Dog Waste – It’s only polite to pick up after your pet, and many areas even provide disposal areas for dog waste. Rather than grabbing the plastic bag provided, you can re-use a plastic bag that made its way into your house.

8. Use Them Again – It may not be as fancy as pulling out a canvas grocery tote, but if you’ve got a bunch of those plastic bags around the house, bring them to the store to tote another load of groceries home.

9. Line a Paint Tray – Next time you’re painting a room, use a plastic bag to line the paint pan, rather than a disposable plastic pan liner. It takes less plastic, and it’s reuse to boot!

10. Protecting Valuables – Whether you’re packing to move or storing breakables in the attic, you can wrap them up in plastic bags to cushion them against damage.

11. Protect Your Paint Brushes – If you’re taking a break from painting, you can wrap the brush in a plastic bag to keep it from getting dry and hard. Just stick the wrapped up brushes into the fridge until you’re ready to get back to it.

12. Small Trash Can Liners – Reuse a plastic bag to line small trash cans, like in the bathroom, instead of buying new plastic can liners.


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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:37PM PDT on Jul 31, 2015

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3:34AM PST on Mar 7, 2015

I used to throw the plastic bags but when I got your methods knew many things for reusing these plastic bags thanks for this. Polyvisions Inc

6:51PM PST on Jan 24, 2015

I use them exclusively for all my trash. I also carry my lunch in these bags. They make a good surface to eat lunch off...instead of a paper mat. Then you can put your trash in them.

Use 1x-carry grocieries
Use 2x-carry lunch to work
Use 3x-plastic mat to eat lunch off
Use 4x-carry the trash from lunch

So you can use a bag that's recycling

9:43AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Great tips--thanks.

3:30AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Thank You.

1:33PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Some good tips,thanks for sharing

8:58AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I use the plastic bags that some produce comes in to collect the trimmings when I am chopping vegetables. I also use them to store veggies that are only half consumed. We never throw out a plastic bag after a single use. I really prefer using reusable shopping bags like those at

11:42PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Love these! I included them on my blog too.

12:44PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

I use a great product called Handi Hanger to reuse grocery bags for trash or storage. Check it out at It's an earth friendly product that also saves you money.

10:12AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Good ideas! Thanks!

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