In an effort to reduce and reuse plastic bags, how about making a plastic bag keeper? Chances are you already have everything you need to make one for free. Or you can buy one at The Container Store for 4.99 plus 6.50 s & h. Your choice.
- A 2 quart plastic bottle (I used a Juicy Juice bottle, which worked particularly well.)
- Box cutter and/or scissors
- Durable tape
- Excess plastic bags
Mark your bottle on top and bottom as shown.
Use box cutter to punch hole in marked areas and then switch to the scissors to cut out openings. (Using a scissors will greatly reduce the odds of cutting off one of your fingers.)
Apply tape around openings, if plastic edges are sharp.
Punch or drill a hole in the bottle’s cap and add twine to hang, if desired.
As you get them, shove bags in the top hole; as you need them, pull them out of the bottom hole. (I fit 15 medium-sized bags in my bottle.) Having the plastic bags at hand–my keeper will be hanging by my back door–should encourage reusing them. Plus, they look a lot neater packed in that bottle.