Now that Queensland has finally decided to ban plastic bags we all have to start looking at alternatives. We use plastic bags so much in our day to day lives and it’s going to take a very long time to fix the damage they have done to the environment. In this post, I have included alternatives for a range of plastic bags, not just the bags that will be banned throughout Queensland in July this year.
DIY Fabric Bags
Fabric bags are unbelievably easy to make yourself – even if you don’t have a sewing machine – they can be made out of pretty much anything and can be used for just about everything!! They are great for unpackaged items as well as fruit and veg when grocery shopping and you don’t even really need to add a zip or anything! You can also use these fabric bags as a washing bag or to line a basket for storage!!
If you did decide to add a zip, button or even velcro it becomes a really cute multipurpose storage bag, depending on size. They would then also be perfect for packaging food for lunches, creating lunch boxes, makeup bags etc… the possibilities are endless.
Tote bags should be your go-to for any type of shopping. You can carry groceries, clothes and pretty much anything in a tote bag and you don’t have to worry about it breaking or the handles snapping on you as they would with a plastic bag.
Unlike heavy-weight plastic bags, they will last years with no problems. They’re machine washable and you could even sew extra bits of fabric to it to create pockets for receipts, your phone, valuables etc… you could also make your own tote bags and personalise them to suit your needs.
Fabric Bin Liners
I was very hesitant when I heard about fabric bin liners. But if your household is recycling properly you won’t have to deal with a wet, smelly fabric bin liner. They’re machine washable and you can make them look super cute with a bit of effort. They’re a lot more attractive around your home and especially within the workplace, so if you recycle properly you really don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to switching from plastic liners to fabric liners.
Glass Jars and Metal Containers
If you use plastic bags as storage then make the switch to glass jars and metal containers. You don’t even need to go out and buy anything as they are easily obtainable by keeping and washing pasta sauce jars and other products/items that come in reusable packaging (metal, glass and wood).
Have any ideas for plastic bag alternatives? Let me know, I would love to hear about them! .