No, this is not a landfill. If you are honest with yourself, you may have a similar stash of plastic grocery bags lurking in your home. This is what happens when we save to reuse… but don’t. We subscribe to various trade publications that often have long articles about recycling and how to house the items being recycled. At times it is overwhelming and leaves me with a big sense of guilt that I should be doing more.
So true to my approach of how I justify everything…I threw out all my hoard of these reminders that I was not reusing them at the rate I was acquiring them. Yep…I tossed them in the regular trash collection on a Wednesday. (gasps) Thursday I started a system that has worked for me for several years. I do have a few reusable type bags I use, when I remember to put them in the car, on a big shopping day. However, I like shopping in smaller batches, stopping at a store as part of another errand on my way home. So I do bring in 5-7 of these bags every week or so. There is no set number. AND I reuse them to the point of sometimes running out before the new ones come in! Let’s take a look at what works for me.
First, is this not a great way to store these babies? Plus you get points for saving the life of one Kleenex box. A box this size can be kept almost anywhere.
Next, the way I use our bags most is for kitchen trash that I don’t put down the disposal. We cook most nights, and have marathons on Sunday, so we have a lot of bits and bobs of “stuff” and wet food packaging. Using a $2.99 Ikea stainless bowl, I place a bag as a liner and toss anything in it that is too messy, or too smelly for the daily trash. It’s so easy for me to toss as I go and clean up once. These bags get placed in the freezer until trash day. Since we live in Florida, we have trash pick up 2x a week. We now have trained ourselves to automatically get “the freezer” trash on garbage day. We also place our cans/glass in these bags and then put the bag into the recycle bin. Saves trips to the bin and keeps the bin cleaner. I feel pretty good when I reuse and also recycle any bags I bring into the house each week.
Lastly, if you have one of these guys hanging around your abode…you know another endless use of a plastic bag!
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