If you’re not yet on the reusable bag bandwagon, you should be. Plastic bag litter creates immeasurable harm to the environment. And don’t think you’re off the hook because you recycle plastic bags. Since it costs more to recycle a bag than it does to produce a new plastic bag, plastic bags typically are “downcycled” into items that can never be recycled.
Like anything new, switching to reusable bags will take a little effort to become routine, but the payoff is immense — and not just for the environment! A reusable bags carries more, is sturdier and the fabric handles make it easier to throw over your shoulder and carry heavy groceries to your car and your home. Best of all, you can make a bag FOR FREE from things you already own!
There are lots of reusable bag tutorials flying around the ‘net right now. Here are a few of the best:
- Make a reusable bag from an old tank top (by No Impact Man). Perfect for lighter items like bread, herbs and light produce.
- Make a reusable bag from a recycled sweater in 30 minutes (by Whip Up). The bonus with this project is that your bag will look like it’s from a boutique!
- Make a tote bag from an old t-shirt (by instructables). We all have way too many t-shirts, right? Now you can put some of them to better use.
- Take an old pair of jeans and make a reusable bag (by Crafting a Green World). Denim makes an unquestionably sturdy bag!
Photo by Crafting a Green World.