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Plastics bags have second life as holders of lunch, trash, umbrellas and more

With a little imagination, your newspaper bag can be transformed into a number of things, from an umbrella holder to a lunch sack or disposable glove.

MARTHA RIAL | Times

With a little imagination, your newspaper bag can be transformed into a number of things, from an umbrella holder to a lunch sack or disposable glove.

Every morning the newspaper lands on your driveway or in your yard. You know what to do with the paper, starting with the reading and all the way through the recycling. But what about those pesky plastic bags? There's got to be something better to do with them than toss them in the trash, right? Here are a few suggestions.

Lunch sacks

These handy bags can hold sandwiches of all sizes, especially one that's a foot long. Fruits and vegetables also stay clean and fresh in the work office fridge.

Car trash can

Just slip one under the passenger's seat and no one can see. It is a great collector for the odds and ends that end up all over your car. Straw wrappings, gas receipts, potato chip bags, lost french fries. They all can fit in that plastic bag. It is also a good emergency car sick bag.

Umbrella holder

It always seems to happen. It starts to rain and your umbrella is in the car while you are at work, or the other way around. If you are lucky enough to have your umbrella, after each use, slip it in a newspaper bag. This will collect the moisture and help keep the floors dry. If your feet are small enough, slip them into the bags and tie up the top to prevent your shoes from getting wet while you tread through the parking lot puddles. Careful not to slip.

Disposable glove

Make sure there are no rips or holes in the bag before using them as substitute gloves. You can keep your hands clean when painting or staining. It is also helpful with products that can irritate. When through, just pull them off inside out and dispose.

Pooper scooper

I think everyone knows what I'm talking about. As a dog walker, you are obligated to "pick up" after yourself … I mean, after your four-legged friend. Even though you might not like that neighbor across the street, you still can't let your dog leave his mark. And let's not forget about that litter box. With just a simple scoop into the bag and a knot at the top, you can underhand loft that sucker right into the trash. It also can withstand a dirty diaper and holds in the odor.

Recycle

If you find these bags have no use for you, recycle them. Check to see if your local grocery store has a plastic bag recycling bin. You can store them by stuffing the extras in one bag until you have a good collection. Then do the world a favor and recycle.

Plastics bags have second life as holders of lunch, trash, umbrellas and more 07/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 2:16pm]

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