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Living on Less

Plastic Bag Curtains

In an ideal world we would never have plastic bags enter our homes. Mostly we have been diligently refusing bags and bringing our own shopping. Sometimes they just appear out of nowhere still. We could put them out with the recycling to be down-cycled or we could reuse them.

When we bought our current home there were no curtains in the kid’s bedrooms. The mini-blinds didn’t block the light enough for our oldest child. It took me a little while to decide what to do. A book called Eco-Craft inspired and taught me how to make a “fabric” out of plastic grocery bags. I set up a work area on a heat safe wood table. Cutting out all the logos on a ton of plastic bags went by fast enough. This project really made me realize how many bags we accumulate if we don’t bring our own to the grocery store! Most of the bags I had hiding in the closet were white, beige and green so that’s what I used. I sandwiched layers of bags between parchment paper and ironed them until they adhered to each other. Sometimes it took adding them one at a time for it to work best. I played with the heat level and the pressing time until I found what worked best. I kept adding width and length based on what I thought I needed for the window. Finally, I was happy with the size of the curtain. I folded the top and side edges in half an inch and pressed with the iron to create a more structured appearance. A rod was purchased at Ikea to finish the project. The curtains still let in a bit of light because they are mostly white but that works fine for us.  A few years have passed and I am still happy with the results.

The parchment paper was $1 and the curtain rod was $8.99 so the total cost was $9.99 plus tax. Not bad. We could have bought “normal” curtains but this was more fun and a great re-use of those old grocery bags many of us have lurking in our closets.

How many plastic bags are in your closet?

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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