End Ziplock Tyranny, Recycle Produce Bags!




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I never buy something if I can get an equivalent for free. Why buy Ziplock plastic baggies at the store, when the store gives you plastic bags for free...in the produce department.

Here's a quick kitchen hack. Keep your produce bags and reuse them in the place of Ziplock bags for general refrigerator food storage.

OK GREAT! But then its bags, bags, bags, it always seems like you've got too many bags!

So lets figure out what to do with them so you can have an organized kitchen free from the corporate chains of the Ziplock and Syran wrap empires


fruit market photo originally uploaded by flickr user [Shayan USA]

Step 1: Fine a Good Container

The past two apartments I've moved into, I always seem to end up with wine chillers the previous tenant left behind. These work great. Or a large vase that works great too. Grab it and stuff those bags in there.

Step 2: Not So Easy...What About the Pesky Air?

You go to just stuff the bags in and they're full of air. You can only get a few bags in there. That's a waste of space!! So here's what we're going to do to get rid of all that hot air.

Grab each bag from one of the bottom corners.

Step 3: Squeeze the Air Out of the Bags

Keeping hold to the corners, use the other hand to slowly but firmly squeeze all air out of plastic bags. Just make it happen. Work it out.

Step 4: Stuff IT!

Stuff those airless bags in the container. Just have fun with it, really get it in there.

Step 5: Screw You Ziplock!

No more useless dollars down the Ziplock toilet. You've just used your DIY hands on can do attitude to make you independent of the corporate man and ready for any plastic bag needs like wrapping up left overs to chilling pie dough. And you're recycling. FUN FUN FUN!

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      9 Discussions

      Marilyn Ethel

      2 years ago

      Its a great idea if you're on a fixed income and don't have tupperware or pyrex,

      which reminds me I've been using mine to put small amounts of rubbish in like chicken bones then freezing until garbage collection day. This keeps nosey animals from scattering my garbage in the street, which I am told the crows and possums do.


      10 years ago on Introduction

      I just use my ziplock bags over and over for stuff like chips and cookies. Basiclly anythig that doesn't leave the bag all icky inside.

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      Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

      I even reuse all Icky inside" zipper bags, carefully washing and drying them IMMEDIATELY after use [or put 'em in the freezer immediately after use until ready to wash a few of 'em].

      Works for me!


      10 years ago on Introduction

      I agree, I don't buy anything more than I have to, I try to reuse everything. I don't throw away wrappers I just use them as drink coasters, I keep cardboard boxes for plates, and I wash out my condoms. I'm one green consumer. I also don't even use garbage bags anymore, I just throw my trash all over my apartment and when it gets hip deep I simply open my window and push it all outside, because hey, I don't want to use plastic to carry my garbage out. Really I'm just taking out the middle-man, most garbage gets buried anyways right? So I figure just dump it onto the street and let nature take it's course. I remember reading that surface area contributes to faster decomposition, and what's more surface area than a gusty day blowing my trash all over the place. Ahhh Mother Nature, I bet I'm her #1 fan!

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      10 years ago on Introduction

      I note that no-one has rated, 4.5 stars for you (the last 0.5 stars only missing because you'll be ahead of me by 2.22 :( Also, nice instructable :P