One trillion plastic bags are consumed each year. Most end up in landfills when they are finished being used. Unfortunately, the plastic used in plastic bags is not one that can be readily recycled by recycling companies. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can recycle plastic bags at home that are easy, fun, and useful.
- Plarn- What is plarn, you ask? Plarn is plastic yarn. It is fairly easy to make and the possibilities it contains are endless. Basically, cut the plastic bags into strips. Using a crochet needle, you can weave the strips into tight, durable plastic strings. The strings can be used to weave anything from doormats to purses. Use different colored bags to make cool designs.
- Parachutes- Your children can make mini-parachutes for all of their action figures and dolls. Making parachutes are easy. Cut an octagon shape out of a plastic bag. Then poke a small hole on each corner of the octagon. Tie a string through each of the eight holes and attach the parachute to the action figure or doll. Drop them off the balcony and see the parachutes in action!
- Icing- Make an icing bag for decorating cakes and other baked goods. All you need to do is cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic bag. Then fill the bag with frosting and begin decorating. For more control over the frosting, you can also insert a small cone shaped item or pastry piping tip into the hole in the bag.
- Stuffing- You can use plastic bags as stuffing to fill pillows and stuffed animals. Plastic also makes a good insulating material and can be used to fill comforters for added warmth.
- Mulch- Plastic bags make great mulch for gardens. Black plastic bags have proven to be particularly effective in reducing the risk of frost injury in plants, as well as promoting water retention.
- Party streamers- Cut the plastic bags into long strips and use them to decorate the home in place of party streamers. You can use different colored bags to create fun patterns and designs throughout your house.
- Soccer ball- You can make a soccer ball exclusively out of plastic bags. Stuff a plastic bag full of more plastic bags, until it is as full as it can be. Then, using the plarn we discussed earlier, wrap the plarn tightly around the ball numerous times and tie it into place. You will have a durable soccer ball make entirely out of recycled materials.
- Paint texturing- You can use a plastic bags to add the appearance of texture to your walls. Scrunch the bag up and dip it in a paint color, similar but slightly lighter or darker then your current paint color. Press the bag against the wall to create a textured look.