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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Plastic Bags

Includes grocery bags, newspaper bags, and shopping bags.


Bring a reusable bag when you go to the store or supermarket. Some stores give $0.05-0.10 discounts for every bag you save, and some stores (Ikea) are beginning to charge shoppers for each disposable bag. Many grocery stores now sell reusable bags for ~$1.


Reuse them when you go grocery shopping. (I suppose this is also a “reduce” tip.)

Use them as trash bags or trash can liners.

Scrunch up a bag length-wise, fold it in half, then tie it in a loose knot and store it or keep it with you for those random situations you find yourself needing a bag. They’re more convenient to store and carry around when they’re not all poofy.

Take one with you when you walk your dog to use as a poopie bag.

Iron them together and sew yourself a messenger bag.

Easily make some plastic flowers. The hard part is making then not look ugly and tacky. :o \


Check your local grocery store for bins in which you can toss different types of plastic bags to be recycled.

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  1. Nancy said,

    July 27, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    Do you recommend reusing grocery bags as a trash bag? I use it for dog poop and bags for trash cans.

  2. Frank said,

    July 27, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    Thanks, Nancy! This site is still in development phase so I might start posting your suggestions without giving you credit since it might be stuff I was going to put but just haven’t gotten around to it yet heheh. :o P :o ) I was actually going to make a comic about that bag thing actually…

  3. e-frank.com said,

    December 18, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    Doodoo Bags…

    I actually do this. I mean, not the pooing in a bag part… but trying not to waste plastic bags.
    If you’re in the same boat, check out some ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic bags.

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