Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser

We use the plastic grocery bags that we get at the store to line our wastebaskets at home. We don't accumulate that many as we typically use our cloth bags at the store, but the ones that we do get can clutter up a space fairly quickly. To keep them in order I made a plastic bag dispenser from a Dioramarama tutorial I originally found on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog. This is a quick and fun project that will revolutionize your closet or kitchen space. Who knew a plastic bag dispenser could be so cute and so handy?

On this note, I'm with Kris on the thought that by using these plastic bags as wastebasket liners, I'm just justifying the existence of plastic bags. But if I didn't have these 'free' bags from the store, would I buy plastic bags for my trash? I can't see putting my trash in the garbage can without a bag, because then I have visions of all my trash, loose, spewing from the back of the garbage truck. I think the only answer to this is to stop producing ANY trash. I will talk to my two cats (who happen to be the major culprits behind the export of trash from our house) about this issue and get back to you on it.


Jill said...

I don't line most of my wastebaskets with bags -- usually when it's time to take out the trash, I grab a big plastic kitchen garbage bag, then just dump the trash from our bathrooms and bedrooms into the bag.

The down side to this system is that our wastebaskets get dirtier and have to be washed more often than if I actually lined them.

Does anybody have any idea which method is more environmentally friendly - lining each basket with its own plastic bag, or tossing everything in one big bag like I currently do? I've got eight small wastebaskets in my house (plus the kitchen garbage can).

Jill said...

Oh, by the way, I love this dispenser you made, Courtney -- so cute.

Kris said...

I switched from lining them to not, like Jill and I don't think they are getting too messy. I guess the things that contain liquids or other gross stuff, I try to throw in the kitchen garbage or directly in the garage. Bathroom is mostly tissues etc. So far so good.