The World Plastic Bag Holder: An Upcycled Porject

17 Jun

The truth is that that I really do try to recycle and be “green” and bring in the reusable shopping bags every-time I head to the store- and I have like 100 reusable bags in my trunk of my car so I do remember (I ended up inheriting all my college roommates bags when we graduated!) – Alas, I still forget. I still don’t remember and ending up getting those stupid plastic ones when I check out. I hate using them because of where the end up – in trash dumps for ages. (Like in Nicaragua dump, they were everywhere. And kids play with them, and animals eat them).

Anyway, I digress.

So when I do get these bags, I don’t want to throw them away (And I of course forget to take them with me when I go to the recycling center). I created this nifty and chic plastic bag holder. That way when I need a bag for storage, or for transportation, or something like that – they are neatly stored away.

Here is what I used


I got this map from a mailing-gone-wrong from Docotors without boarders. I am not a doctor, I don’t know why they tried to recruit me, but thanks for the free map!


I got this tube from when I ordered a poster for E-bay! Of course I kept it to use it again.

Thats it. I cut the map in half, and then decoupage the heck out of it. And here is how it turned out:

Excuse the bad picture. But doesn’t it look cool?

I admit, I still haven’t hung it. It is sitting on the kitchen floor, but I do use it! Plastic Bags go in easily and come out easily now. Plus I love traveling and would love to see the world, so this reminds me of my passion and how amazing the world is.  (Not mention this is an up-cycled project. You are welcome future children of mine)  🙂

How do you store your plastic bags?

– Mindy


3 Responses to “The World Plastic Bag Holder: An Upcycled Porject”

  1. Laura Britton June 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Neat idea! Plastic bags ARE recyclable though!! I don’t think many people know about this so I’m trying to spread the word. Your grocery store should have a recycle bin outside for plastic shopping bags, it should be outside near the front doors. You could store them in your map tube and then when it gets full take it over there to recycle. So much better than throwing them away!!

    • Mindy June 18, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks Laura! That is very true! Thanks for spreading the word. You get the “green” award today 🙂

  2. sherri lynn June 22, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    This is such a good idea! I use recyclable totes for my groceries, but when I do get a plastic bag or two, I stuff them under my kitchen sink. I like this World map tube a whole lot better!

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