With the Government’s mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags set to take effect from 1 July 2019, why not start bringing reusable bags with you now.
And while most supermarkets and large retailers offer low-cost reusable bags at their checkouts, there’s no reason why you can’t make your own reusable bags from recycled materials – a double win for the environment!
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Reuse an old t-shirt
Grab an old t-shirt you no longer wear or visit your local charity shop to find one with a great design. Take fabric scissors and cut the sleeves off, make the neckline bigger and either sew or tie the bottom at the depth you prefer. And voilà, you have a reusable bag!
Here are a few sets of instructions we’ve found online that you could try:
No sew t-shirt tote bag [mommypotamus website]
Recycled tote bag with a seam [instructables website]
Make a sturdy bag from multiple t-shirts [WikiHow website]
Sort through your cupboards for that old piece of fabric you’ve been meaning to use, and stitch together a bag from scratch. There are plenty of simple patterns on the Internet, for those who know their way around a sewing machine.
Another option is to crochet or knit a bag – choose your own colour and add your own flair!
Reuse another bag
Rather than throwing away empty bags such as potato sacks, feed sacks or heavy pet food bags consider turning them into reusable bags for your groceries. You’ll save these items from landfill while creating sturdy bags for your groceries that will last the distance.
Here’s an example of how to turn a chicken feed sack into a grocery bag [communitychickens website]