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We all have them,
hidden in drawers and closets
where they have an uncanny ability to multiply.
And while there are alternatives, we all use them.
So why not find ways to re-use them?

Note: The Scrap Box does NOT accept donations of plastic bags!

how to fold a plastic bag

The most obvious way to re-use plastic grocery bags is to carry things other than groceries to your car, then to your kitchen.

Have one or two in your pocket when you take your dog walking. Line waste baskets with them. Keep some in your “baby bag” for used diapers. When you travel, have 1 or 2 in your suitcase for laundry. On a trip to the beach, use them to take wet swim suits home. Keep a few in your handbag for shopping at Farmers’ Markets: the vendors pay for those bags! Use as packing material when shipping fragile items. Carry a few in your car at all times. On a rainy day, a bag can protect your head from getting wet (OK: you won’t be fashionable).

You have good intentions to re-use those plastic bags, but when you open the drawer or cabinet where they live you are faced with an unsightly mass of crinkled beige and white. The solution? Take a few minutes to fold them neatly so you can put them exactly where you need them. Watch the video above to see how easy it can be!

learn to fold a plastic bag

The modern lightweight shopping bag is the invention of Swedish engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin. In the early 1960s, Thulin developed a method of forming a simple one-piece bag by folding, welding and die-cutting a flat tube of plastic for the packaging company Celloplast of Norrköping, Sweden. Thulin’s design produced a simple, strong bag with a high load-carrying capacity, and was patented worldwide by Celloplast in 1965.
from Wikipedia

Watch the video above to see how plastic bags are made. If you have been a long-time Scrap Box fan, then you will recognize the plastic pellets we occasionally have available at 0:31.

Below is another video, that shows how the bags are printed and cut. If you have seen the folks working behind the check-out counter at The Scrap Box, chances are you have noticed people using a bag sealer to package materials for The Green Room. The machines in this video seal and cut, and even count…