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18 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

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13. Save Energy – Instead of sand, you can stuff a draft dodger with plastic bags.

14. Donate Them – Places like libraries and food banks often need bags.

15. Protect Plants from Frost – Protect your plants from a freeze by wrapping them securely in a plastic bag overnight and removing the bag in the morning.

16. In Your Suitcase – When you’re packing for a trip, stash your shoes in a plastic bag, so they don’t dirty up your clothing.

17. Shipping – If you’re mailing something fragile, wrap it in plastic bags instead of new bubble wrap.

18. Gardening – Tie a couple of plastic bags around your knees to add some padding while you’re working in the garden.

If worst comes to worst, you can also recycle those old plastic bags, instead of sending them to the landfill. Stores like Publix, Target, and Lowe’s will often take plastic bags for recycling. Make sure you call the store before you show up with a haul, though, since that policy can vary from town to town.

I bet that there are other ways to reuse those plastic bags. Let’s keep the ideas going in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by JoelK75

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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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