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8 items to reuse before recycling

G Magazine

Put any accidental packaging to good use with these tips.

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As much as we might take our own bags to the shops, and buy things with as little packaging as possible, sometimes it can still be hard to avoid things like plastic bags making their way home with you. Here's how to put any accidental packaging you end up with to good use.

1) WRAP SANDWICHES

Being an awkward shape and quite small, most people throw out their plastic bread bags. Use their shape and size to your advantage by wrapping up sandwiches in them rather than using plastic cling wrap or foil.

2) WRITE LISTS

While they might seem more innocent than plastic bags, paper bags still have an eco-impact, so it's important to make the most of them too. Before you put paper bags in the recycling bin, tear them up and use them as notepaper to write your shopping and 'to do' lists.

3) GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

Blueberry and strawberry punnets are the perfect size and shape for seedling trays. Best of all, when the ventilated lids are closed, they create a great greenhouse microclimate to germinate your seeds in!

4) KEEP SWIMMERS SEPARATE

Keep a plastic bag for the beach - it's perfect for storing wet swimmers and towels. Remember also, to recycle plastic bags at the supermarket afterwards.

5) STORAGE

Yoghurt tubs make brilliant storage for kids crayons and sewing paraphenalia such as buttons and safety pins. Give them a good rinse out before using to prevent any mould.

6) FLY HIGH

It's always a good idea to wrap your entire toiletries bag in a bag before flying on a plane just in case there's a sudden change in pressure and the liquids expand quickly.

7) TIN TINS

Pens and pencils look great in old tins. Make sure there's no sharp edges, take labels off and replace with your favourite re-used wrapping paper.

8) PEST TRAP

Simple DIY traps can be found online for pests such as mice, cockroaches, flies and mosquitoes using old milk, juice and wine bottles, or even some tins.

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