Source of plastic bags

I'm planning to use laminated plastic bags to skin a boat but I need a few hundred or thousand bags.  Where does one get that many bags?

Topic by AlbinoMoose308 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How can I make a crocheted recycled plastic bag tote?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Any ideas on how to REUSE the plastic bags that newspapers are delivered in?

(Besides using them to clean up dog poo-poo, of course:])

Question by happi cat #71 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


African Makes Paraglider From Plastic Bags

Awesome.Cyril Mazibuko grew up in the shadows of the mountains. Born in a small kraal at the foot of the Drakensberg range in the southern part of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, Cyril would often look up at the 3,000-meter basalt peaks, a playground for African paragliders. Enthralled, Cyril made a decision: He would build his own glider and join them in the sky.Now 26, Cyril is the only black South African currently registered with the sport's ruling body. And it all started with a glider he made from plastic bags, purloined rope and baling wire, a glider that flew -- sort of -- though it both amazed and horrified the professional paragliders who saw it. Wired story

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


way to recycle plastic bags

I have been looking for a way to recycle the bags i get at the supermarket.

Topic by Kane Measham-Pywell 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


polypurse- the plastic bag project

Hi! my name is galit and I am an industrial Design student. im doing a project turning plastic bags into fashionable purses. I would love for your help and opinions on my bags and I will be happy to post the instruction for the ones you like. Thank you!

Topic by galit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Using plastic bags for gardening?

A friend is asking what he can do to protect the fruit on his trees without spraying pesticide. I told him my aunt uses little plastic bags like these to cover them up so insects don't eat them but he's concerned if it's safe/non-toxic. Can anyone help me answer this or come up with something else?

Question by finklfairy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Shopping Bags to Frisbees

Someone once told me that about the only way to join polyethylene plastic was with heat and pressure. Plastic shopping bags are a recycling problem.  I think they are polyethylene plastic.  Heat and pressure might turn them into Frisbees, or other essential things.  I visualize a vertical, heat-resistant cylinder with a removable  Teflon-coated bottom cap in the shape of a Frisbee -- black to absorb solar heat.  A piston inside with the other half of the Teflon-coated mold could have a weight on it to provide pressure.  Fill the cylinder with shopping bags, with the piston inside, and suspend it over a solar reflector to heat the end cap of the cylinder.   There you have heat and pressure -- and free energy to turn the shopping bags inside into Frisbees, or other objects. Personally, I don't have need for more Frisbees, and don't collect enough bags to keep the equipment busy.  On a community recycling scale, though, it might be a way to get rid of a lot of bags that nobody wants.  Would anybody like to run the experiment? 

Topic by Thinkenstein 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can you make a plastic cloth out of shopping bags and how if possible?

I mean can you use them to make nify stuff like purses and belts ,because I tried to do it with an iron but wasn't good.

Question by i_am_a_felt_unicorn 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Best way to Seal bags together (air seal) ?

Http://www.lawrimoreproject.com/images/visart-news-magnum-500.jpgWell, I thought it be kinda fun to take a similar idea, but my question is, What's the best way to seal bags? The guy used many black plastic bags, never stated how it's connected. I've attempted box tape, but when i tape 2 bags together fresh from the box, and try inflating, the left/right sides leak just about every time, and cant always hold pressure. (Yes id like it to be able to hold some pressure!!) So, is tape really the best way to do that?

Topic by Killa-X 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


what can i do with alot of wire coat hangers and plastic bags?

I have all this stuff from when i get my dry cleaning back and i dont know what to do with it

Question by scotchtape110 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I'd like to add closures to the plastic bags that Tostito's are sold in. Is there a way other than gluing on snap tape?

I want to be able to re-use these for dry food storage and am thinking snaps would be the best method. How to? Better methods?

Question by pchs72 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Melt and Mold Plastic Grocery Bags

Hi - I have been crocheting, knitting and sewing with plastic bags for several years.  Now, I'm wanting to try something new with the plastic bags by molding them into beads, brooches and other fun stuff. Can you safely heat plastic bags to be moldable?    Thanks for any help I can get..... 

Topic by crochooley 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to make a a tutu from plastic bags

My 13 year old would like to make a fairy costume using recycled materials.  Any ideas, suggestions, preventative thoughts are appreciated!  Best, EB

Question by Emily Ballinger 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is it possible to tint plastic yarn so as to use the resulting tinted yarn for crochet or knitting projects? Answered

I have lots of white plastic bags, less colored bags from which to make plastinc yarn. The problem are : - the difficulty of getting colored bags; - finding bags with the right colors for a specific project. For instance, I wish to crochet a bag in white and ultramarine, but don't have any bag of the second color. If I could tint part of my plastic bags, I would be able to complet this project (a bag for my daughter, who is a Sea Cadet).

Question by Bedelian 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How do I cut plastic bags to use for crocheting?

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Question by weezie putman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Can you use fused plastic bags to make small plastic boxes? Answered

I would like to make some small plastic boxes to hold assorted electronic experiments, are the fused plastic bags hard / strong enough to form around a wodden block or similar to shape into a small box?

Question by mad_mat 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Paper Bags Are Better Than Plastic, Right?

Paper Bags Are Better Than Plastic, Right? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Summary: The answer to the "paper or plastic?" dilemma is: Neither. They're roughly equal in pros and cons. While convenient addictions, they both gobble up natural resources and cause significant pollution. Get basic design benefits of a paper bag and plastic bag with our award-winning replacements - the ACME Bags Workhorse (the plastic bag replacement) and the EarthTote (the paper bag replacement). Same brilliant basic design as their wasteful relatives, but designed to be used thousands of times. __________________ Issue 1: Energy and natural resources It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag. ENERGY TO PRODUCE BAG ORIGINALLY (BTUs) Safeway Plastic Bags: 594 BTUs Safeway Paper Bags: 2511 BTUs (Source: 1989 Plastic Recycling Directory, Society of Plastics Industry.) Of course, most paper comes from tree pulp, so the impact of paper bag production on forests is enormous. In 1999, 14 million trees were cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans that year alone. Paper bag production delivers a global warming double-whammy forests (major absorbers of greenhouse gases) have to be cut down, and then the subsequent manufacturing of bags produces greenhouse gases. Issue 2: Pollution The majority of kraft paper is made by heating wood chips under pressure at high temperatures in a chemical solution. As evidenced by the unmistakable stench commonly associated with paper mills, the use of these toxic chemicals contributes to both air pollution, such as acid rain, and water pollution. Millions of gallons of these chemicals pour into our waterways each year; the toxicity of the chemicals is long-term and settles into the sediments, working its way through the food chain. Further toxicity is generated as both plastic and paper bags degrade. POLLUTANTS PAPER V.S. PLASTIC Paper sacks generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags. Source: "Comparison of the Effects on the Environment of Polyethylene and Paper Carrier Bags," Federal Office of the Environment, August 1988 Issue 3: Recycling It takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. But recycling rates of either type of disposable bag are extremely low, with only 10 to 15% of paper bags and 1 to 3% of plastic bags being recycled, according to the Wall Street Journal. ENERGY TO RECYCLE PACKAGE ONCE (BTUs) Safeway Plastic Bags: 17 BTUs Safeway Paper Bags: 1444 BTUs Source: 1989 Plastic Recycling Directory, Society of Plastics Industry. Although paper bags have a higher recycling rate than plastic, each new paper grocery bag you use is made from mostly virgin pulp for better strength and elasticity. Issue 4: Degradability Current research demonstrates that paper in today's landfills does not degrade or break down at a substantially faster rate than plastic does. In fact, nothing completely degrades in modern landfills because of the lack of water, light, oxygen and other important elements that are necessary for the degradation process to be completed. A paper bags takes up more space than a plastic bag in a landfill, but because paper is recycled at a higher rate, saving space in landfills is less of an issue. Do you have any conclusion on paper bag or plastic bag?

Topic by paperbag4u 8 years ago


My bag fusing always wrinkles. I don't get that nice somewhat smooth look...any suggestions? Answered

I'm making a book bag out of fused plastic but my plastic keeps crinkling up and wavy it also curls up one way. Not that somewhat flat sooth look I see in tutorials. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Is my plastic fabric I already made a lost cause? If so how do I prevent this from happening again?

Question by firequeen 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago




What would be the best way to dye a plastic bag?

I've been trying to fing a green way to dye bags for a long time, mainly so I can have some different colors for my woven plastic bag bags... Does anyone know a green way to dye them? Or at least change their color?

Question by dobbylvr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Inflatable Punching Bags for Adults!

I've always wondered how one could make an inflatable punching bag.  I realise I could go to a current manufacturer and get them to make one custom for me, but its just printed plastic with a blow hole, right?  Any ideas - on types of plastic and such? Thanks--- Angelika below is an example of what I'm refering to:

Topic by Angelikaelisabeth 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


LAN Party Bag

I need to build a LAN Party Bag.  Or rather, a LAN Party Bag that needs to hold 3 monitors, along with a desktop.  I had a few metal-related ideas, but sadly, no welding equipment.  The computer weights 100+ lbs, so I can't use anything too cheap.  The monitors are 19" widescreens.  Plastic is too brittle, wood would have to be way too thick, and I don't have welding resources, materials, or equipment.  I don't expect to be wearing it, but rather rolling, then lifting into the car, and out when I arrive.  One idea is to maybe buy a hand truck, and mount sheet metal to the back (side facing wheeler), line with insulation, and put clips along the sides and bottom (the backpack-style clip-and-socket).  Any ideas are welcome.

Topic by josheee12 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how do i remove the printing from a plastic shopping bag?

I'd like to remove the logo/printing from plastic shopping bags to use in a prop. I imagine there's some solvent that might do it, anyone know what it might be? Thanks

Question by chambrey 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Paper or Plastic when Neither isn't an Option

Paper... Or Plastic?The choice touted by environmentalists is... Neither - Bring your own bag and reuse it... But lets face the facts, not answer the question of paper or plastic isn't helping the majority of people who can easily make change but not willing to carry in a bag.... Honestly, it's almost sounds like an ego trip to hear "Neither" as the answer to this genuine question as asked (anyone agree with me?).Back on track... Paper or Plastic? Because most people, to my knowledge, do not bring their own bags - which is more eco-friendly? Please bring what knowledge you find to the table as a collaborative discussion :)Thus far, here's what I've found...Paper consumes 14 million treesPlastic consumes 12 million barrelsPaper creates 70% more air pollution than plasticPlastic creates 400% more solid waste than paperThe average American family (4) will consume about 1500 plastic bags annuallyAdditionally - does anyone know if cellulose plastic is used for grocery bags? If you're wondering what that is... Basically, it's taking cellulose (could be from trees) and making a plastic with it (such as cellophane among others).I am, as far as I know, the only person in my area that brings my own bag... It happens to be a plastic, vinyl and mylar soft sided cooler - but it has served me well.The floor is yours

Topic by trebuchet03 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Can you suggest some other materials for Candy Wrapper Bags? Answered

Rolls of candy wrap plastic/cellophane don't seem to be available in Australia.( I don't know what to call them")   I have made several so called candy wrapper bags using paper and tape so I want to find a "paper" that is already laminated or weather/waterproofed as my arthritic hands are not suited to all the cutting and sticking of paper and sticky tape. My current bag takes over 300 pieces so reducing some of the steps will make it more manageable. Any ideas will be greatly welcomed. Thank you.

Question by craftyv 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Demo (Contractor) Bags Are Sometimes Better than Garbage or Other Bags

Folks use garbage bags for storing and hauling .  Problem is, garbage bags rip easily and usually are good for one use. Demo bags are woven from polypropelene and are strong and  can be re-used.. Haul one load, dump it, bring the bag back,  Refill and repeat. Or use it for moving. No worries about ripping. They are not waterproof or completely dustproof. So one may wish to line it with a plastic bag. http://ecobrooklyn.com/demo-bags-trash-bag-alternative/ I think I may try to use this as a potato bag for growing potatoes a described in an earlier instructable

Topic by Wilmette 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I have a material that came from a coffee bag and I want to know what it is? Answered

All I know I have this coffee bag and I can see threw one side of it and not threw the other. I want to use it for an instructable but I need to know what it is so other people can make my project. Thanks for the help.

Question by inconceivable1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Source for TOUGH CLEAR PLASTIC?

A lot of my tools like screwdrivers, combination wrenches etc lack a nice organized spot. I'd like to make tool rolls, but those I've made in the past don't really get used.  What I'd like to make is transparent tool rolls. Sometimes craftsman screwdrivers etc come in clear flexible packs. But I don't have those. I think I could fuse plastic to make my own, but need a source for that plastic. Ziplock bags? Transparent, yes, but Too flimsy.  So where to get somethin tougher?

Topic by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Is there any way to glue plastic to fabric?

I want to glue a plastic ziplock bag to cotton/spandex fabric, is there a particular glue that will do the job or any other method anyone can suggest?

Question by nigelwclifford 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 weeks ago


fusing plastic bag question - can you add paper?

When fusing plastic bags to make things, can you add bits of paper to make a design/collage, or will that weaken the fused result?

Question by astartae 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



fusing plastic bags: can I use thicker &/or stiffer bags? Answered

I eat a lot of "pre-washed" & frozen produce, but those bags seem very different than the thin, almost filmy carriers, etc. I feel a little guilty throwng away these non-compostable bags (a few every week); but I'm also kind of scared of the fumes, so--rather than experiment blindly--would appreciate any guidance on whether this works, if you have experience with these other plastic types. Thanks!

Question by meowzebub 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


fused plastic-where can i get colors? all the local grocery stores have white bags now!?

I am trying to make some fused plastic rain coats, and i don't want them to be white with hints of blue(walmart), with hints of black(winn-dixie), or purple(sweetbay), who has bags with those vibrant colors?

Question by leggs2002 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What can I use to carry wet clothes other than a plain plastic bag?

Since I swim, I need something that I can put my wet clothes in and is reusable.

Question by notveryreal 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I use woven plastic feed bags (dog food, bird seed, etc) to make grow bags for vegetables?

HI, Could someone give me detailed instructions (from start to finish) on how to use the woven plastic feed bags to grow tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, etc?  The bag sizes vary from 10 pound to 50 pound capacities. Thanks everyone.

Question by pickled 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Make Your Own Tyvek

Got this from Carryology: http://www.carryology.com/2011/09/12/hacks-turning-plastic-bags-into-radness/ Question: If you take a bunch of radness (8+ sheets) /\, will it eventually become bulletproof?                                                                                                 ||

Topic by moneyfuskie935 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to convert TRASH PLASTIC into a MESH TRASH BAG MATERIAL for plastering with cement ? Help avoid disaster!

Https://www.instructables.com/id/TRASH-ROCKS-Eliminate-Unrecyclable-Trash/ To eliminate our plastic trash problem, I would put it all into "trash rocks" and build with it.  Right now, my source of used fishnet left the island, so my source dried up.  Best would be to not rely on finding used material, but rather to convert some of the same waste plastic into the mesh material that will contain the rest of the waste material.  Ideal, would be to have it already shaped into trash sacks for people, so that they only have to fill them and plaster them with cement.  Anyone who can figure this one out might help the world out a lot in eliminating all the waste plastic that is contaminating land and sea these days.  I imagine maybe melting down some of it and extruding it into lines that would fuse together over a trash sack size mold.  Figure out a safe way to do that and you could possibly have a very marketable product.  Everyone agrees that the trash plastic is a problem, and we are not recycling it fast enough to keep up with with the growing pile.  Plasterable trash sacks could help solve that problem.  You would probably need some chemistry background for this. 

Question by Thinkenstein 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Need help with home plastic smelting

I want to reuse some of the stuff that I've been throwing (bottles, plastic bags, etc) as well as plastic casings (from radios, CRT monitors, etc). Hope to melt/ mold them into usable parts.. What items in the garbage that are best suited for this? Something easy to work with at home / garage (low melting point, doesn't produce that much toxic fume, and the like) Btw, I've tried melting soda bottles, too sticky to work with... Any suggestion, help is greatly appreciated..

Topic by gyromild 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


which metal is using to make hot sealing for plastic bags?

Question by yoonusmnr 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Student figures out how to decompose plastic bags in 3 months

Http://news.therecord.com/article/354044#=rssI figured that with the green contest going on, people would be interested in this, although they should be with or without a contest.

Topic by Tomton 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Teach me how to make a Bag Monster?

Like http://www.bagmonster.com/ ?  prolly good for the current monster contest going on till the end of Feb.

Question by Rosilin 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I obtain an apparent specific gravity, of a plastic bag?

I need to verify an Apparent Specific gravity of a plastic bag- like the type used for a food vacuum sealer. I'm not sure how to go about it. I think I have all the needed items; scale, water bath, even a vacuum sealer if needed. I just can't find the method, or the formula used to calculate. I even called the manufacturer of the bag I'm using, and they had no idea how they came up with their data. Thank you for any ideas you can share with me. Jodie

Question by jodiebby 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Need a Strategy to Count/Sort Plastic Tips

I need a way to take bags of plastic tips below and sort them into groups of 100 quickly for packaging. The tips are 6 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter. Any suggestions?

Topic by Adamgadbois 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I'm stumped

Hey everyone, I can't take it anymore! At my workplace, I work in the shipping/receiving department...all kinds of new and strange packing materials come in. We generally are able to re-use things like the bubblewrap and boxes, but there are some things I just don't know what do do with, and I feel horrible throwing them away..Maybe you guys can help? We get ALOT of foam, all shapes, sizes, and textures, and I have no idea how to reuse it...then we also have these long rectangular tubes that hold electronic chips in them, however when they get to us, we take them out and put them in bags, so we no longer need the thin tubing, do you guys have any ideas? I've attatched photos. Thanks! Lita L.

Topic by luna522 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Adding Other Materials to the Mix

Over the past couple of years, I've evolved from being totally captivated by my 3D printer, making everything I could think of out of the three plastics I can print with, ABS, PLA and Nylon, to having the Replicator, sitting in my shop and becoming "another tool".  A tool that stands in as an "employee", who can make things while I do other things. Along with doing a pretty good job of making my designs, I've experimented with stepping in, during the print, adding components made of other materials, such as cloth, metal and other plastics.  I've successfully made pulls on tie bags, an electric push button, aluminum mounts for my project car and spring clips to hang my wife's potato chip and popcorn bags in the kitchen. Has anyone else been able to use their printer to make items, not 100% plastic?

Topic by bfk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Recycling from A to Z

I love to do what I can to help the environment, and I love helping others reduce their impact. I found an A to Z guide to recycling on the Real Simple website.Recycling made easyFrom aerosol cans to zippered plastic bags. I definitely recommend you read this.Aerosol cans. These can usually be recycled with other cans, as long as you pull off the plastic cap and empty the canister completely. .........Zippered plastic bags. Venues that recycle plastic bags will also accept these items, as long as they are clean, dry, and the zip part has been snipped off (it is a different type of plastic). photo from Realsimple.com

Topic by Brennn10 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


any way to reuse large plastic posters ?

Today was here a day of elections to city heads the day is over and the streets are full of posters up to 1 X 3 M size that are going to go to trash in the following days most of the posters are made of 3 kinds of plastic simple plastic like large shopping bags - it is waterproof and strechy and loses mechanical strength when stretched. available in size of 0.5 M X up to few M weave of flat nylon strings - not fully waterproof but very strong. available in size of up to 1 X 3 M. with holes reinforced with metal thingy in 4 corners plastic reinforced with nylon fiber - combines properties of them both. available in size of 0.8 X 1.4 M. with factory-made folded and sewd edges for installation on rope etc all are made of white material printed on one side with names / photos / slogans etc in semitransparent paint. passes some amount of diffused sunlight there are also tons of flyers and paper posters (up to 0.5 X 0.7 M) and the tickets used for voting laying all over the streets any good ideas what that stuff can be usefull for ? especially the plastic and nylon posters

Topic by 11010010110 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago