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Recycle Grocery Bags Into Eco-Packaging

Recycle Grocery Bags Into Eco-Packaging

By Jackie Hernandez, Crafting a Green World

I have used brown paper bags in the past to re-wrap boxes for shipping, but I never thought of making shipping envelopes from brown bags. This genius packaging idea reuses plastic grocery bags for waterproofing and brown paper bags to make the outer envelope. My favorite part is the stitching to close it up. No glue or tape necessary!

This fabulous eco packaging idea from Linda Everett of LindaEve and the Eco Etsy Team. Linda developed this packaging to use for her beautiful bags made from neckties and repurposed fabrics. She shares a complete tutorial for making your own grocery bag shipping envelopes on the Eco Etsy Blog. She recommends wrapping the item to be shipped in a plastic grocery bag first to provide some waterproofing. But don’t tape the plastic bag, just wrap the item inside it, so the bag can be reused again by the recipient. The outer envelope is cut from a brown paper bag.

You will probably get two envelopes per bag, more if your items are small. Instead of tape or glue, simply stitch the seams shut for a great handmade touch.

The Eco Etsy team is a group of Etsy sellers dedicated to reducing, reusing, and recycling. They are committed to using recycled materials in both their products and packaging. The Eco Etsy Blog is a great resource for eco-tips, product features, and how-to’s for all crafters and artists trying to go green.

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5:43AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Great idea!

6:31AM PDT on Jun 20, 2010

that is so awesome thanks!

1:21PM PDT on May 23, 2010

This is a great idea. Now I wish I had a sewing machine. =) peace

12:16AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

thanks

7:31AM PST on Jan 21, 2010

Loved the idea Eco packaging, after reading this post I went to read Eco Etsy Blog.Thanks for the Post

5:16AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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11:21PM PST on Jan 15, 2010

A big thank you for the great idea.

9:50PM PST on Jan 15, 2010

Lots of really cool informative info .I amm going on the Eco etsy blog.Thanks so much for this.

10:07PM PST on Jan 14, 2010

What a great idea! I mail dozens of books (go, Paperbackswap!) and while I rerereuse the envelopes people have mailed to me, inevitably I run out. Usually I just wrap the book in a plastic bag and then in brown paper, but this looks so nice!

10:49PM PST on Jan 7, 2010

I love this idea. I am thinking about incorporating it for my organic t-shirt business. I was thinking how exactly can I make it even more efficient. Do you just collect these bags and accumulate them? I love this idea.
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