Does anyone else always forget to take bags out with them when they go shopping? Seriously I literally have hundreds (or what feels like hundreds of bags) dotted all over the house. Yet I never ever remember to take them out with me when I go shopping.
Despite the law on charging for carrier bags being in place since October 2015, it’s just one of those things I always forget about. And I work in a shop. Go figure! The shop I work in isn’t classed as a large retailer so we don’t need to charge however we do as people think it’s OK to come and just take the bags free of charge to use in other shops to avoid paying! But I’m going off on a tangent here and that topic get’s me all kind of ragey.
What Do I Do With the Bags?
I’ve been shopping and I’ve paid anywhere between 5p and £1.50 for a bag for life that is ultimately going to sit under my stairs. I tend to go for the 10p plastic bags mostly. But it’s just a waste, isn’t it! Aside from being a waste of money, I’m not exactly implementing the reason the charge was introduced for in the first place, am I?
So what exactly can I do with these hundreds (literally) of bags that are collecting dust under my stairs?
Personally, I use them for the following;
- Bin bags in the bathroom bin.
- To line the inside of Olivia’s backpack if it’s raining and her clothes for her dads are in there
- I gather up all of Olivia’s craft bits and bobs to take upstairs (and stay in there if she has her way)
- We use them in her arts and crafts, they make great dolls dresses apparently.
- To put paint tins on when I’m decorating to save spilling paint on the floor.
But what other uses could plastic bags have?
There are so many things really. The use of plastic as a material is everywhere. Things you didn’t know you could make with plastic. Like dresses, blankets, clothing to the standard windows, bottles, shop signage like the ones you can find on Simply Plastics UK.
If you have a quick Google of plastic products you will find them being used more and more innovatively. As technology advances and lets us experiment we are not limited anymore. A bit like this man who built a house out of plastic bottles!
But I doubt any of that would be possible with 10p carrier bags alone. So if like me you have an abundance of carrier bags lying around here are a few ideas we can think about to utilise them a bit better.
- Nappy bags, granted they’re a bit big but still useful
- Doggy bags, as above
- As filler when sending parcels in the post to secure and protect the item a little bit more.
- To take swimming with you to wrap wet clothing/towels in
- Make something cool and unique like a rug or a blanket!
- As a temporary filler for gaps around the house. This could also work as a temporary draft excluder.
- Opened up they can be used as a dust sheet for when you’re decorating.
So what do you think? Have you gotten any ideas from this of ways to make use of your mountain of carrier bags to stop them languishing for all eternity under the stairs? Failing that you simply could just remember to take them shopping with you!
*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post*