Did you know? US consumers generate 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bag waste during the holiday season alone.
Did you know? The US alone goes through 100 billion single-use plastic grocery bags every year.
Isn't that mind boggling? It is to me! I have started using cloth bags for my shopping again. Years ago, I used cloth bags for my grocery shopping. I remember getting my bags out to go shopping the day that Erin was born and she is 16! So I had them at least that long ago! (I might add that the bags I had back then were sturdy canvas....I still have some of them and they are in excellent shape as compared to the junky ones they sell in the stores now.) Over the years though, I got away from using the bags because I shop at Wal-Mart a lot and their bagging area is less conducive to that. I started using cloth bags some again this year when I got a few free ones that they sell in the stores and bought a couple insulated ones which I LOVED using in the summer. (I have found that some checkers are not that happy to see me with my bags. :( I try to help bag so they aren't annoyed with me.)
About a month ago I heard about The Green Bag Lady and made up a bunch of bags using this video tutorial.
|Katie snagged this one for her organ music.|
|Some of the bags I whipped up about a month ago.|
|bags folded up|
|bags folded up inside another bag I made|
|I have a few of these. I love them. |
They are made from old drapes!
So, after seeing this challenge to use fabric instead of wrapping paper I wasn't sure how it would go over with the family. Well, honestly, it went over like a lead balloon. They want to rip open their packages. I always buy wrapping paper 50% the day after Christmas so I already had paper for this year but not a whole lot so I figured I could do at least a few bags while I used up the paper I have and maybe break them in a little. This way, I'll use up my wrapping paper then maybe I can purchase Christmas fabric on sale the week after Christmas to make more bags for next year.
Here are a few of the bags I've made ready to give...some are for Christmas and some for an upcoming birthday. I did use tissue paper in the bags. If we want to be really green it can be re-used or saved to make paper or color on or something right?
Anyway, here they are:
|Love this fabric! When I was making this bag|
Emma(7) asked me if I would wrap her present in this. I had
already wrapped a present for her in a different bag so I just
took it out of that one and put it in this one.
|This is a shopping bag. I used it like wrapping paper and even|
put a little tape on it to make it more like a regular package.
|a tube shaped package...it was a little long so I tied it with some ribbon, |
stuffed some tissue paper then the gift, more tissue and another ribbon
|This is my favorite. It is for an oversized package. |
The fabric is satiny. I tied it with a gold star ribbon and
a large jingle bell. I don't think the picture does it justice.
|A shopping bag used to wrap a gift. I just|
tuck the handles inside and fold up the top in pleats...then
tie with ribbon.
|nice ornament fabric|
|This one looks like a gift bag (no handles though).|
I love how versatile the bags are!
For more information and lots of bag making tutorials join the Green Grocery Bag Challenge on Facebook.