Since there seems to be an unlimited number of plastic bags in the world, it’s a good idea to start reusing them as many times as we can before they potentially end up in a landfill. Plastic is one of the leading causes of pollution on our planet and can take up to 1000 years for it to biodegrade. When I learned that, I started focusing on making better uses out of my plastic bags, bottles, and any other plastic objects that could be reused.
1. Store vegetables and other loose items in the fridge
Another useful way to use your extra plastic bags is to use them for storing your vegetables and other loose items in your fridge. Whenever I go shopping for produce, I don’t always want to use the baggies they provide at the grocery store so that I can reuse what I already have when storing them in the crisper.
2. Use them as gloves when handling messy food
Some food is just messy! If I have extra plastic bags lying around (which seems like all the time!), I use them as gloves when handling messy food, like beef, poultry, fish, and generally sticky stuff. I don’t use them the entire time I’m cooking, but just temporary so I can avoid getting my hands all messy.
3. Reuse them when grocery shopping
Where I live, it actually costs money (15 cents) to purchase plastic bags at the checkout counter at my local grocery store. Honestly, I’m not against this because I imagine it discourages the use of them and encourages paper bags. I personally like to reuse my clean plastic bags to help the environment and save a little change.
4. When prepping food for a meal
None of us want to keep going for the garbage under the sink or let the garbage sit out in the open smelling while we cook. It’s just annoying! Instead, wrap a plastic bag around one of your shelf handles and throw away your food prep scraps in it. That way you can simply toss that plastic bag out once you’re done!
5. Cover rising dough