Earth Day – Create Your Own Re-Usable Shopping Bag


Replacing your plastic bags with reusable fabric bags is the perfect Earth Day craft project.  Since it can take up to one thousand years for a single bag to break down this project really can make a huge difference.  Simply purchase inexpensive fabric canvass bags, and allow your children to create their very own designs with stamps, fabric pens or paint.  Each child’s bag will cut down on excess garbage in the landfills while sporting their fantastic art work.  Have each child create multiple bags and soon enough you’ll have a whole gallery of art work that poses multiple purposes.

Fabric bags can also be a great way to organize toys and other odds and ends that don’t have a place

To find more creative ways to design these reusable bags click here:

Plastic bag facts

  • Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
  • An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags.
  • Only 1 to 2% of plastic bags in the USA end up getting recycled.
  • Plastic bags are often mistakenly ingested by animals, clogging their intestines which results in death by starvation. Other animals or birds become entangled in plastic bags and drown or can’t fly as a result.

Even when they photo-degrade in landfill, the plastic from single-use bags never goes away, and toxic particles can enter the food chain when they are ingested by unsuspecting animals.

50+UPF Sunny Sleevez

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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5 Responses to Earth Day – Create Your Own Re-Usable Shopping Bag

  1. I need to look more into these cloth bags. We have way too many plastic ones floating around – literally!

  2. theINFP says:

    I love these bags, I have green, red, blue, black and white. They go on an on an on:)

  3. Mary Rowen says:

    Hi! I love this idea. Another thing you can do–to be even more environmentally friendly–is to make a bag out of an old (preferably extra large) t-shirt. Just turn it inside out and cut it right before the sleeves, so you have a rectangle. Then, sew along the bottom and use the part you cut off to make handles. Not pretty, but you can carry a bunch of groceries in it!

  4. aishatbuter says:

    Reblogged this on aishatbuter and commented:

  5. Love your blog! Great ideas. I have been using cloth bags for over 25 years and can’t understand how people can say, but I forget? To me they are irreplaceable just for the mere fact that they hold more and are strong so you don’t have things falling and ripping and they swing over your shoulder. I love the soap box in the the glove compartment idea tho for the rare occasions my bags get forgotten or I’m in my husbands truck etc…

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