With more and more shops now offering paper bags as an alternative to plastic carrier bags, you may have started a bit of a collection. Rather than just recycling, why not find an alternate use for them?
There are lots of things that you could be doing with your paper. Here are some top tips to get you thinking.
- Keep them in the car as your eco friendly back-up for food shopping. For when you forget your “Bag for Life”. Easily to store and they will fit nicely in the boot or glove box.
- Use them to collect your paper recycling. Once the bag is full just toss the whole thing into the recycle bin.
- Use them to collect all of your recycling rubbish – it doesn’t have to be just paper.
- Paper bags make an excellent catch-all table cloth for those messy jobs. Once you’re done just toss the whole thing into the bin. No clean-up required.
- Tear the paper bag into sheets of drawing paper. Let you kids imagination run wild.
- Rip your bags up into strips and put them into the compost bin.
- Sit-down with the kids and use the larger paper bags to make hats and masks. These can then be used for dressing up at play time. It will also save on expensive pre-made masks.
- Larger tote style bags can be used to store your kids toys. Excellent for general storage; excellent for transportation when visiting friends.
- If you’re going on a day trip, use larger bags to carry all of your snacks. Once eaten just toss the paper bag into a recycling bin. Enjoy the rest of your day hands-free.
- Stronger tote style bags can be re-used for trips to the high-street. Much easier to carry your shopping around in then countless smaller bags.
- Have a day of paper mache with your kids. A free but entertaining day of fun for everybody. And you get a memento at the end of the day.
- Keep you loose craft items together by storing them in bags. This can be anything from ribbons to buttons.