I mostly use re-usable grocery bags. Still, I end up with some plastic grocery bags when I buy more than will fit in my re-usable bags, or I forget them, or someone gives me something in one. But that’s not all bad, as I use the plastic bags for mini trash bags in our small waste baskets.
If you’re not careful, though, they seem to multiply in the cupboard and spill out everywhere. Depending on where you’d like to store them, I’ve got 4 possible solutions:
1. Fabric Tube
You can buy bag holders like that shown above in almost any grocery store, Wal-mart or dollar store. It’s also very easy to make your own with a simple drawstring at the top and bottom. If you knit or crochet, you can make them that way, too.
We used one of these aboard Que Tal — left by the previous owner — and just hung it from a hook in a hanging locker. Since it’s “soft” there were never any bumps or thumps, no matter how the boat was moving.
2. Old Sock
If you don’t care about being able to hang the bag container, you can stuff the plastic bags into an old athletic sock. This can make good padding for noisy or breakable items in a locker, but can be a little less convenient when you want to use one. Of course, you could add a hanging loop to the top of the sock — or just cut a small hole to hang it by!
3. Paper Towel Tube
Similarly, you can stuff them into a paper towel tube. This makes a great way to take some along on a beach clean up day, or to stick inside a daypack for a picnic.
Just as I was writing this article, Jackie on Lively Lady sent me an e-mail saying, “Some people look at me cross-eyed when I suggest this tip, but I’ve found that on the boat we need to find ‘space’ however we can.”
She included a link to the Origami Resource Center, showing how to easily tame plastic bags into these cute (and neat!) little triangles. The photo here comes from their site, too.
These are really easy to store and are nice and tidy to take along in a purse, pack or pants pocket. If you have kids aboard, you might even get them to do the folding!
Admittedly, you can buy much more elaborate bag dispensers than those I’ve mentioned here. But most are steel, which rusts easily aboard a boat, and all are larger and heavier. These solutions are free to very cheap, lightweight, and are soft if you happen to bump into one.
Got another way you store your bags? Does it work well? Let the rest of us know in the comments.