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6 Ways to Make Reusable Bags Even Greener

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2. Make Your Own

Even better than buying new, try your hand at refashioning materials you already have at home into carryalls with a one-of-a-kind look. From ridiculously simple solutions, like using a pillowcase as a bag, to patterns that require a bit more sewing (like turning an old tank top into a tote), there are dozens of ways to DIY your own bags. Bonus: you’ll be upcycling instead of recycling, saving carbon—and money—at the same time.

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11:29AM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Thanks! First of all, I need a reusable bag with a clip as I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached, and I walk or use public transport and have a small purse (extra bags in my backpack, but I don't always carry that). Fortunately I have found a few different brands that fill the bill.

Secondly, to clean them I've been spraying the bags inside and out with a 50% vinegar solution and hanging them up to dry. Is that not recommended for some reason?

Third, at a chain grocery called Carrefour (found in France and Spain and perhaps further afield, not sure, but they can't be the only ones) now carries biodegradable trash bags made entirely from vegetable starch. In addition, the bags you can buy to carry your groceries (2 euro cents each) are made from the same thing, and are smaller. We've begun to use the trash bags for the kitchen rubbish, and the other, smaller ones for recyclables and the bathroom (smaller trash can). So happy to have found these!

12:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

great ideas thanks for sharing

1:08AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

some neat ideas, cool ;)

1:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:22PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:21PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

1:21PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you.

8:32AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

thanks :D

10:40AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

The only time I get a plastic bag is when I need a trash bag. Any ideas for trash bags? I bought small produce bags made from a mesh type material. My produce lasts longer in the frige. Love them. Thanks for the suggestions.

2:20AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012


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