If you subscribe to a newspaper, chances are you have plastic newspaper bags laying around. They are great for keeping the newspaper dry on rainy or snowy days. They can also be used for several other different uses. Here are some ways to recycle plastic newspaper bags or plastic Wal-Mart shopping bags.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bags #1: Shampoo/Conditioner Protector in Suitcases
If you travel frequently, more than likely you’ve experienced the notorious shampoo spill in your suitcase. That’s why it’s great idea to wrap the shampoo or conditioner in a plastic bag. This will protect your clothing and other items should the bottles leak. Just be sure to tie the bag.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bags #2: Dirty Diaper Holder
If you want to prevent your child’s nursery from being extra stinky, this one might be a great idea. Just place the dirty diaper in the bag, tie it, and throw it in the trash. These can also be used as a temporary trash bag for diapers in the diaper bag.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #3: Lunch Bags
A third idea is to use them for lunch bags. You might have to squeeze everything in it, but hey, it’ll still save some money. They have enough strength to hold a wrapped sandwich, bag of chips/crackers, fruit and a drink.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #4: Plastic Gloves
Okay, this one might take some skill. You can use them to cover your hands when picking up trash, or other uses where you might use plastic gloves. They’ll be very loose but will work as plastic gloves. For example, if you don’t want to touch eggshells when disposing of them in the kitchen, you can cover your hands with them.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #5: Shoe Holder in Suitcases
A fifth idea is to use them to hold your shoes in your suitcase. This will prevent your clothes from getting dirt on them, and can make your shoes easier to find in your suitcase.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #6: Purse Trash Bag
Another idea is to place it in your purse to use it for trash when you don’t have access to a trash bin. This is especially helpful if you have children. It can be great for throwing away chewed gum, lollipop sticks and much more.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #7: Sock Separator
Do you like to wear cute socks? Do you despise it when socks go missing in the wash? If you want to make sure your socks stay together, put them in a plastic bag in your drawer and/or in the laundry bin. They are less likely to go missing.
Alternative Use for Plastic Newspaper Bag #8: Dog Waste Holder
If you have a dog, these bags are great for poop-scooping. You might also use an additional one to serve as gloves for your hands. This is save money on having to purchase bags for this purposes.
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Reusing items such as plastic bags can not only save money, it is great for the environment. Happy Recycling!