Do you try to minimize the plastic bags at home and go green but always accumulate so many of them at home? Well, I have the same problem at home!
I feel if we cannot totally get rid of them, One way to go green is to at least reuse them.
So I made a plastic bag dispenser for myself about a year back – a simple one by up-cycling a bag that someone had given me. I use it regularly and I have found it really useful. So this year for Navarathri, I decided to make a few of these for the return gift with the Thamboolam (Usually when people visit for Golu, we give beetel leaf, coconut, along with a small gift). It is very common for people to give articles like plastic boxes or small steel bowls or baskets but nowadays people are innovative and thing of different kind of useful items to give as gifts.
Here is how I made the Plastic bag Dispensers –
I got some bags like these below (these are nowadays used instead of plastic in many places – it is not fully cloth but some other kind of material which is quite sturdy and can be reused)
I paired the bags and for each pair – From one bag, cut the top portion (handle) and bottom portion – Bag A. From the other bag, cut the bottom portion alone – Bag B.
Then I stitched some decorative lace on the one with the bottom portion cut (on Bag B). For Bag B, I ,made a small cut in the center of one side, folded the bottom end and stitched it. Put an elastic through this – the cut is to allow the elastic to go through.
Then stitched the two pieces together as shown – Bag B in the top and Bag A in the bottom.
- Since the bags I used were reversible, I reversed it before using it as I did not like the seam showing outside.
- When you dump the covers inside it, fold/or just squeeze like a ball so that it does not get entangled with other plastic covers
Hang this using a S-hook wherever you need and manage the plastic cover mess in your house :)!
What are your tricks for handling the plastic cover issue at home? Do share them 🙂