Around the home: the plastic bag
When buying your groceries are you one of the “green” bags people or do you use plastic bags (or a combination of both). I am a green bag user and have a boot full of them. I like using them, they are easy to pack, carry and to place in the boot of the car—I have many uses for these bags from carrying food to taking parcels to work and storing things in them.
However I do find plastic bags very handy at home—to line my bins, for the kitty litter, or travelling, carrying items in the car, baby stuff (once upon a time), plus many more uses. If I don’t have any at home I have to buy plastic bags.
This got me wondering, what did our grandparents do before plastic bags—how did they line their bins, what did they do if they wanted to carry wet /muddy items and so forth. The reason for asking is we are about to become a region where the grocery plastic bag will be banned from November next year. This will mean buying plastic to use in the home.
So I went searching for idea and this is what I found—alternatives to the plastic shopping bag:
- Line the bin with newspaper — instructions on how to create a newspaper bin liner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfEX85V9n8w
- Take the “sloppy” items straight to the outdoor “wheelie” bin (trash can) or place them in other containers such as cans, old tissue boxes or plastic meat trays that you are throwing away anyway.
- Recycle plastic bread bags, fruit and veggie plastic bags, cereal boxes or paper bags for rubbish and take out the “wheelie” bin at the end of the evening.
- Recycle food scrapes in the garden compost.
- Place rubbish in small bench top bin and wash after each use.
- Use the re-usable cooler bag for transporting wet items, these bags can be wiped down, hosed out and dried in the sun
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