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How to make the most of used paper bags

One of the biggest benefits of using paper carrier bags is that not only can they be recycled, but they can also be re-used. Take a look below at some of the creative options available and make the most of your paper bags.

Gift wrapping:

With Christmas and birthdays, try getting creative with your paper bags and use them to wrap your heartfelt gifts. You can then either leave them as they are or add your own decorations such as ribbon, drawings, and other embellishments.

You can also use your paper bags to create bespoke gift tags to go on your wrapped gifts. Using bags with existing patterns or plain bags that you can decorate yourself to make small cards that you can attach to your gift.

Packing boxes:

If you’re planning on moving to a new house, office or even just packaging items to go in storage that are fairly valuable, then your paper bags could double as packaging/padding and will help to keep the more breakable items safe.

Packed lunches

Another option is an oldie but a goodie – you can use your bags for storing your lunch. Not only is it a much more environmentally friendly option than a plastic sandwich bag, but it can also help keep your food fresher for longer.

 Fruit and veg

Cut your paper bags and lay them flat before cutting food on top of them to make less mess. You can then scoop up the scraps and pop them onto the compost pile, before tearing the bag into strips and doing the same. This method prevents unnecessary mess and promotes recycling of both food waste and the paper bags.