Hi CBH, this is a link I like because it has lots of varied ideas:
Just out of curiosity, who all (states) still have shopping bags? It has been more than a decade since stores provided bags of any kind where I live. When I shop out of state and go into stores with my reusable "shopping bags" you would be surprised at the looks I get, like an alien from outer space! 😊 I have actually had cashiers not know what to do.
Yay for Texas! I never let mine go to waste, I always seem to be schlepping something somewhere . . . And the few I have left are highly coveted! If I ever, (a very rare occurrence), had too many on hand, they were recycled, just like everything else in my household. Thanks for responding! 🌞
You can crochet them into mats/rugs. There are some programs that will accept these plastic bag mats/rugs to give to homeless people.
You can blow them up and use them to take up space when you ship things in boxes that are too large.
Until you asked I didn't know you could do so many things with plastic bags. I found a page that tells you how to do 39 different things, anything from a flower pot to shoes
Wow! 39 unexpected ways to reuse plastic bags...
They're good for making outdoor pillow forms!
Interesting. I always wonder why the hub-bub? I take every last plastic bag they’re willing to give me. They’re great for cleaning up doggy-doo 3 times a day, hold just enough bathroom and kitchen trash to keep the house from reeking. Love them for separating my shoes from my clothes in luggage. They even serve well as rain hats. In our neck of the woods our county requires all trash in the trash can to be bagged. I can’t see recycling free plastic bags from the grocer, then turn around and buy plastic bags for my garbage. I’ve used them for painting the wall, sort items around the house... I could go on and on. There are so many useful things to do with them that we often run out.