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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Rachel Murray
Rachel M6 years ago

Great idea!

Sydney White
Sydney White7 years ago

that is so awesome thanks!

Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

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

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gail dair7 years ago


Shaheen Nauman
Shaheen N7 years ago

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

Nadia Ann
Past Member 7 years ago

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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Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan7 years ago

A big thank you for the great idea.

Linda J.
Linda J7 years ago

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

Maria H.
Past Member 7 years ago

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!

Smith M.
.7 years ago

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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