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« on: August 09, 2013 04:09:18 PM »

So, I'm participating in the Annual Destash-Along and recently discovered a huge box of plastic bags.  Unused ones I probably stored away when I had an Etsy and made totes with them.

Now, I need to know what to do with everything.  I have plenty of totes and I don't know who I can give them to.  I considered making a few homeless plarn mats (http://crochet-with-cris.blogspot.com/2012/01/charitable-crochet-sleeping-mats-for.html) but I can't seem to find anywhere local or outside my area accepting donations.  I am moving cross-country in about 2 months and I really need to get these things gone!

Ideas?  I have about 1,000 of them to use up!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013 02:55:30 AM »

Fused plastic fabric making: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/fused-plastic-backpack/
(which then can go for placemats, picnic mats, any kind of mats really).

As for donations: see if you can get it straight to a homeless person?
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013 03:58:50 PM »

After you iron them together, you can sew them! Paint on them! I call it "pleather" it makes like a leather texture. I have stitched them into lighter cases for a cigarette lighter, made neat doll dresses that stand up (like there was a tutu under it. You could probably make clothing, though it might be too sweaty and warm for anything more than just a short term costume. Probably could make new bags for the "green" generation of a shopping bag that would not rip. I have used 6 layers ironed together (between parchment paper so the iron does not stick). This gives a good structure, but you could layer more to make it heavier.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013 08:46:50 PM »

We always like having bags at the library, for rainy days, or just for when someone has checked out a ton of books and didn't bring a bag with them. Maybe your library would like some?
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013 09:30:31 PM »

Last post brings another idea... your local humane society? To line underneath the cages, with newspaper on top. And send the doggie/kitty people home with? A quick sanitary item? Just brainstorming.

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2013 06:52:58 PM »

I know the post is about re-using, but maybe you can sell them for a cheap price so that another crafter can use them in their upcoming business?
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013 09:28:59 PM »

Use them as stuffing for a cat bed. My cat loves to play with and lay on plastic bags; I think she likes the noise.
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jnicodemus
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2014 12:29:04 PM »

You could donate them to a local daycare - when my daughter was potty training she would come home every day with a baggy of wet clothes. Sad  I started to bring my own bags after a few weeks.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014 03:48:54 PM »

Maybe you could Freecycle them?
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014 07:08:28 PM »

I saw this tute today which may be cool:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332598.0#axzz2pULUI3rO
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