April is Earth Month and Earth Day is April 22. “Live green” has the battle cry to save planet earth. One big way to live green is to reduce waste. Did you know that yard waste represents the largest proportion of landfill trash followed by paper products, cardboard, newspapers and magazines. But plastic and metal are the deadliest landfill trash. Paper is somewhat biodegradable but plastic lasts virtually forever. One huge landfiller is plastic grocery bags. Some communities, like Tacoma, actually banned plastic grocery bags. Here are ways to reduce use of plastic grocery bags and repurpose and reuse recycled plastic grocery bags.
First, you can switch to reusable grocery bags. This Earth Day, save money making your own grocery bags from recycled sheets, towels and tablecloths, You can also use old clothing. If you choose paper grocery bags or plastic grocery bags, save them. Repurpose and reuse plastic grocery bags in these ways.
Save money on garbage bags–repurpose and reuse recycled plastic bags as liners for small trash cans. Use recycled plastic grocery bags to line waste baskets in bathrooms, offices, nurseries and even in the classroom. Repurpose and reuse larger plastic grocery bags in 13 gallon kitchen trash cans. Fill with recycled materials and place on the curb on recycling/trash day. Use recycled plastic bags in the car to collect trash. Repurpose and reuse recycled plastic grocery bags to line litter boxes or for cleaning pet cages and litter boxes.
When cooking or cleaning, tie recycled plastic bags door and cupboard handles. Collect waste from each room or from the cooking area in conveniently located plastic grocery bags. Repurpose and reuse recycled plastic bags in home remodeling projects. Cover paint brushes and rollers at the end of the painting project. This keeps paint fresh for tomorrow’s second coat or for touchups. Cover items with recycled plastic grocery bags.
To live green, stay healthier and save money, pack work and school lunches in recycled plastic grocery bags and dispose after use. Tie recycled plastic bags around a cast or dressing that can’t get wet when you take a shower or bath. Make a quick diy shower cap from recycled plastic bags. Tie securely around hair (don’t use for children as it might come loose and suffocate). Make quick aprons by cutting the bottom out of recycled plastic grocery bags. Slip over your head and use handles as shoulder straps,
Live green and save money on disposable plastic trash bags by using recycled plastic grocery bags to dispose of baby diapers. Make grocery bags into puppy training pads. Stash recycled plastic grocery bags in the beach bag for wet swim suits and towels and to dispose of beach trash. Reduce, recycle, repurpose adn reuse to save the earth and save money! For more ways to live green, visit Lady Greenwise and for more ways to save money, visit Penny Pincher Post.