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What to Do With All Those Plastic Shopping Bags? BUILD A HOUSE!


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Lauren
- 4055 days ago - greenhomebuilding.com
Recyling in it's ultimate form, fill those befuddling plastic bags with all sorts of things and build a home! Big, small, dome, fancy, whatever you like and have the energy to build. How about a playhouse for the kids? They can help build it.



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Lauren S (586)
Tuesday May 15, 2007, 1:33 am
This is a terrific site! I have been researching alternative building for years and those plastic bags that know one knows what to do with can be doubled and used instead of the purchased bags mentioned here. They also have many other GREEN building options and links to many more sites. It's something to look into.
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 1:56 am
They could be combined with sawdust or wood chips to make a stronger MDF material for building.
 

Mara G (411)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 12:46 pm
This is best idea I've heard in a long time. Why didn't I think of that? Now I want all my recycled stuff back, I need to add a bedroom.
 

Ali H (286)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 1:41 pm
And I changed to the Canvas bags..darn I should have saved those plastic ones, instead of using them for the garbage.
 

Lauren S (586)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 3:34 pm
I have seen a number of homes made in these various "alternative" ways, for very little money, as most of the labor was done by the owners. Some are simple and a bit 'funky' or odd looking. Some are amazing, true works of art, using primarily recycled materials.
They can be made in any size, any shape, any design you can come up with. They are HIGHLY energy efficient, keeping an almost constant temperature year around. They are nearly indestructible AND fireproof!
In very poor countries where resources for traditional wooden houses or western style houses are limited or cost prohibitive, housing could be created with little more than dirt, plastic bags, paper-crete (also a primarily recycled material) or some adobe-like clay and the labor of the community. A small house could be built in only a day or two.
I really feel that Habitat for Humanity Int. and other such organizations should start you utilize some of these alternative methods of building.
 

David Cromie (6)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 4:28 pm
What an excellent idea!! I wonder if planning permission would be given for such a building here in the UK.
 

Maureen S (122)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 4:36 pm
Well David, there's only one way to discover that, yes? And I think you would make an excellent Ambassador on the issue! =)
 

John J (143)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 4:52 pm
Cool! I have been studying this sort of thing for years. Did you know you can build a house with glass bottles? Just mortor them like brick. Purfect pad for a wino don't you think?
 

Ali H (286)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 6:40 pm
Now we start collecting plastic bags again..Watch them put the price of if you want them now..they were charging 10cents. I can see the supermarkets minds ticking over now on how to make even more profits.
 

Blue B (855)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 6:53 pm
Helen, back in 1990-1992 when I lived in British Columbia, Canada, the supermarkets charged three cents each for plastic bags and a nickel each for paper bags (so people would think twice about killing trees) ... and the supermarket had a recycle bin where people dropped off their extra bags ... so that those who didn't want to pay for new bags could re-use the recycled bags; we often brought our own bags and egg cartons and containers to the supermarket ...

Thankfully, our Canadian neighbors are very smart about recycling.
 

David Cromie (6)
Wednesday May 16, 2007, 7:49 pm
Patt, here in the UK plastic bags are free, and the stronger variety (called Bags for Life) cost 10p, but these latter can be exchanged for free when they disintegrate. As well as that, Tesco Supermarkets award one 'green' point (to those who use a Tesco Club Card) for every plastic, or other bag of your choice, used to take purchases home from the store. Considering how much this particular chain makes in profit (about $2.5 billion) each year, they could raise the green points award to 10 per bag, without making much difference to their profits, whilst achieving a lot more than they do to encourage recycling. I save my plastic bags/newspapers, when I have any, for a local charity shop, who are very grateful for them.
 

Rene Friberg (58)
Thursday May 17, 2007, 1:30 pm
I used to crochet bread bags into rugs...
Now, I bring my own bags when shopping, most of the time. I reuse the plastic bags for trash liners, and for when I'm scooping kitty litter.
I'll have to check out the site...
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 4:06 am
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO WITH THE PLASTIC BAG IN NYC? TO GET RID OF THEM SO THEY WILL NOT HURT THE ENVIRONMENT?
AND ARE THE PLASTIC BAGS WE USE FOR VEGGIES IN THE REFRIGERATOR HORRID AS WELL? ON A DOWN TO EARTH HELLO DAY TO DAY I NEED SOME ADVICE HERE
! LIKE WHEN YOU GO TO MARKET THE VEGGIES ARE PUT IN THOSE LITTLE SEE THROUGH CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS? THEY ARE HORRID AS WELL?
SO HOW TO GET T RID OF THESE BAGS?
 

Ali H (286)
Friday May 18, 2007, 3:30 pm
You can buy your fruit and vegs loose and take you own cloth bag to put them in ..then you don't need their bags Sophia
 

Mary Hughes (1)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 1:52 pm
Really interesting. Did you knownthat Ireland introduced a 15c levy on plastic bags, and eventhough the price was minimal it really made people think twice about using them. You would see people carrying loose items fromthe supermarket rather than waste a plastic bag. Long life bags are also used more and I know that I for one make sure that I recycle any plastic bags I have.
 

Sharon O’Malley (0)
Monday May 21, 2007, 9:33 am
Where can I donate plastic bags?
 

Marianna Padolsky (33)
Tuesday July 3, 2007, 5:52 am
using cloth bags for shopping would cut down on plastic but what an interesting site. thanks!
 

Jill Lambert (30)
Tuesday July 3, 2007, 8:03 am
There is one frustration here in MO that I have with plastic bags.They are everywhere by the highway on the street.On top of a 20 foot tree.I agree with David it would be wonderful to build cheap houses but over here as ther getting the permits is very very diffuclt sadly.
 
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