I am not using plastic storage containers any more. I made the switch to glass over a year ago. I do find that I am still using zip-type bags for things. I haven’t bought any for a long long time because I wash and reuse them.
I find that I didn’t always have somewhere convenient to hang the bags to dry after I washed them. I used to hang them in the laundry room with clothespins from a hanger. Other times they get put over the to of a clean bottle. Another option is to just dry it straight away with a towel.
I did not come up with this idea and I wish that I could remember where I saw it so I could give that person the proper credit.
I love the colored glass blobs in the bottom of the jar, but the clear ones are nice too. I couldn’t find my little bag of polished river rocks – I thought those would be nice. Shells, buttons, coins, or sand – really anything you want. I had everything at home for the project. The little glass blobs (I am sure they have a proper name, I just don’t know what it is) I bought at a garage sale for .50 a bag. I always have canning jars. The dowels were out back in the shop (fair game, although it is always safe to ask first before assuming I can use it!)
I know this will draw some questions out of a few guests when the see it sitting on the counter or on top of the fridge when there are no bags on it. Kind of like the padlock we have on the chain of the hanging light above the kitchen table. There really is a GREAT explanation for that one too (sounds like a good post idea!)
I have used this bag-drying contraction many times now and like it a lot. I don’t like using the plastic bags, but I just haven’t found a way to avoid them completely.
Simple to make:
- canning jar or any jar you like
- some sort of weight to keep the jar upright
For the larger bags I cut the dowels 19″
For the smaller bags I cut the dowels 17″
Have you found a clever way to reduce the amount of plastic bags you use?