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Topic: From the Junk Mail Pile to the Wastebasket=Biodegradable Wastebasket Liners!  (Read 1154 times)
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« on: August 27, 2017 10:09:51 AM »

This summer, I took part in Plastic Free July (http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/), and while I was able to reduce some of my plastic usage, an area that I totally failed at was in reducing my plastic bag "habit." While I have a whole bunch of reusable shopping bags, I almost never use them for shopping. Besides forgetting to put them in the car (and remembering to bring them into the store), I often fill them with other things in the house (craft projects, for example). But, one of my main reasons for collecting plastic bags is to use them as wastebasket liners throughout the house (bedrooms, laundry room, bathroom).

One of the hints that the Plastic Free July site suggested was to line the bin with newspaper. But, I know that when I go to take the newspaper bundle out, I'll dump half of the stuff on the floor. I know that I could just skip the bag altogether but I don't want to do that because we have to put our city trash on the street in special bags, not trash bins, and sometimes the bags rip, and trash spills...using a second bag makes some of the trash a bit less likely to fly into the neighbor's yard.

So...I have a solution that works for me Smiley And, it's free, to boot!

Every week in the mail, we get a bundle of sales flyers. I almost never look at them, and usually just add them to the recycling. But now, they're my new wastebasket liners!



Here's how I made them:

First, measure the distance around the wastebasket.



Next, measure the height of the wastebasket. I didn't add any extra for the width of the wastebasket bottom, but you could always add a few inches if you wanted.



Now, if the flyers are long enough, you can cut a piece that is same dimension as the distance around the wastebasket. Mine were note quite long enough, so I cut two pieces that were half the distance. Trim the pieces to the correct height.



Pair up two pieces for each liner.



Then stitch the sides and bottom together, leaving an opening at the top. I used a large stitch length because I didn't want to have the seams rip. Also, I didn't use cotton thread for these because I didn't have any (so not 100% biodegradable, right now). But, if they work out fine, I'll pick up a spool of cotton thread for the future!



Stuff one into the wastebasket, and you're good to go!

I think they'll hold up pretty well. I don't usually put a lot of heavy, wet items in these wastebaskets, so I'm not worried about them tearing from that.

Now, I just need to remember to start using my reusable bags when I do the shopping!


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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017 10:39:32 AM »

I really admire your dedication to reduction, and your reuse of all the redundant and unnecessary flyers (I get them too, and only use them for paper mache - otherwise, they go straight in the recycle bin).

I keep my grocery bags in my car trunk. After shopping, and unpacking, I fold them into 1 (like a set) and put them by my purse, and just loop my car to chuck them back in the trunk. But I do have two sets, because it's not a foolproof method. And I have a soft, cotton one rolled and folded stuffed inside my purse for small purchases.

But your sewing and prep goes WAY beyond me remembering to bring a bag. Straight up, KUDOS!


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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017 12:20:32 PM »

Thanks, JoyfulClover! And, thanks for the tips on how to make sure to bring my reusable bags. My main problem is that when I bring them into the house, they are quite handy when I need to tote some craft stuff to a craft day. I can see 3 right now that are filled with non-shopping stuff. Since I need to stop eating so much take-out, I'll need to shop more, so I really need to empty them out Smiley And then, I can pack them as two sets (great suggestion!), so when I am guaranteed to leave a set in the house, I'll have a backup!

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017 12:43:29 PM »

Oh yeah! I have project bags and shopping bags, and never the twain shall meet.

You should start asking for project bags from swaps! They're so cute, I can't imagine only using them for shopping!
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017 12:45:13 PM »

Oh yeah! I have project bags and shopping bags, and never the twain shall meet.

You should start asking for project bags from swaps! They're so cute, I can't imagine only using them for shopping!

I have so many bags in my house, I seriously don't need more Smiley I have a slight tote bag addiction, and really, really have to work hard to not get any more Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017 05:13:41 PM »

You are so awesome, this is so awesome. You ROCK!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017 06:11:24 PM »

You are so awesome, this is so awesome. You ROCK!

Haha! Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017 07:21:38 AM »

Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017 10:03:50 AM »

If you have too many tote bags (or good quality plastic or paper bags with handles), you can donate some to your local food pantry for their clientele.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017 01:16:51 PM »

Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Thanks!

If you have too many tote bags (or good quality plastic or paper bags with handles), you can donate some to your local food pantry for their clientele.

I actually did that- we had a food drive at school and I collected a whole bunch of my bags (plus a few that I bought for the drive), and challenged each homeroom to fill a bag. We then used the bags to deliver the food to the food pantry, and left the bags with them. If I notice that my collection is building up again, I'll do it again (thanks for the reminder Smiley )!
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