If there is one thing we seem to always be in a shortage of at my house, it is plastic grocery bags. I hate taking them from the store, and try to use reusable grocery bags whenever I can, because I know just how bad plastic bags are for the environment, and how hard they are to recycle. Chicago hasn’t banned plastic bags yet like many cities across the country, but in August they will start banning plastic bag use by large chains. As much as I think this is a great step, I’m also going to miss them.
But, in the meantime, while these bags still exist, my roommate and I use them for quite a bit of things. Their main use in our household, like in many households, is for dog poop pick-up. For a while we were buying the earth-friendly kind. However, these quickly got to be too expensive. This was when I got the idea to double our plastic bags, making them last longer and making our impact on the environment just a little less.
For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to easily cut and reseal a plastic bag. I’ll be using one of these plastic grocery bags, but you could use just about any plastic bag (the thicker the bag the more heat you’ll need to apply). You could even use a garbage bag and cut it up into a dozen or so smaller bags.
What you’ll need:
Scissors (ignore my scissors, I couldn’t find my regular pair and had to use a pair of scrapbooking scissors instead)
Parchment Paper (the kind you can get at the grocery store for baking)
Flat Iron (you can use a regular iron, also, but the flat iron eliminates the need for a surface area, and is much quicker in my opinion)
1. Cut your bag to desired sizes
2. Fold parchment paper in half longways
3. Line the edge of the bag that you wish to seal along the inside of the crease of your folded parchment paper
4. Slowly run your flat iron over the crease, reaching a centimeter or so inward
5. Remove bag from parchment paper
You now have a newly sealed bag. It only takes a few seconds, and you can do this for as many sides of the bag as you desire. It is a great way to seal bags for just about anything. The possibilities are endless. For instance, you could use it to seal the tops of goodie bags.