If you are moving into a new home in 2020 one of the key issues to look into is how the recycling is sorted. From this, you will then be able to work out how you can keep your household waste down and minimise your impact on the environment. Bags are one of the main items that many families will be looking to cut down on in the New Year. Here is our guide on how to recycle and reuse paper bags and the benefits of doing so.
1. Reuse your paper bags when you go clothes and food shopping
Naturally one of the main reasons that people cite as to why they do not take reusable bags is because they forget them, whilst the public is getting better at taking bags when they do their food shop, many paper bags are still dished out to people shopping for clothes.
If you remember to take paper bags with you to the shops, not only will you be helping the environment you will also be saving yourself some money.
2. Use old paper bags when you send off any parcels
One of the main troubles that people have when sending off packages they have sold online is a lack of proper packaging to secure the goods. If you have any old paper bags knocking around the house, this can be a great way to reuse them. It helps to clear out your home and cut down on your use of bubble wrap and plastic packaging.
3. Use paper bags to store shoes and clothes
Finding storage in a home can be challenging depending on your furniture situation, however, an innovative way of storing dirty shoes could be found through paper bags. You can store them and hang them out of the way till you get round to cleaning and properly storing them.
4. Collect compost materials in old paper bags
One of the New Year’s resolutions of many families is to start being more self-sustainable. A garden patch and properly composted waste is a great way to do this. Not only will you cut down on the food waste that goes to the landfill, if you use paper bags, you will also stop them from needing to be recycled.
The benefits of recycling and reusing paper bags
Finding new uses for your paper bags not only benefits the environment, but it also benefits you. You will cut out those pesky 5 pence charges and stop the build-up of unnecessary packaging in your home. If you try and buy well-made paper bags you should have no problem reusing them in years to come.