I have a conundrum. I really hate throwing things away that are clearly not in tatters, or dirty beyond the power of bleach, or contaminated, etc. That’s why I get very excited when I find a way to give something a new, repurposed life. Remember the cleaning rag storage box?
Even if the item in question can be used just one more time before throwing it away, it makes me feel better. (For instance, the ziploc plastic bags that tortillas come in can be reused as to-go dog food bags.)
Anyway, it’s not often, but each time I buy new sheets I have this very big internal struggle about what to do with the packaging – you know, the heavy-duty plastic zippered thingy? Clearly not in tatters, dirty, or contaminated. It has served it’s intended purpose, yes, but does that mean it should go straight into the trash?! I just can’t do it. It’s nice and sturdy, with a zipper. So I need a way to reuse it.
Ah! A travel toiletry bag! And it’s see-through so I don’t have to put all my toiletries in a ziploc when going through airport security! Genius reuse, I believe!
Another idea: First Aid Kit. You can see everything in it, so whenever you need more band-aids, it’s obvious!
And, for the larger zippered plastic thingy that the actual sheets come nicely packaged in – I’ve been thinking about those too. Storage, anyone? Maybe the special occasion tablecloths, or the mounds of tissue paper and ribbons for wrapping.
I beg you, please don’t throw the sheet and pillowcase packaging away. It is so useful, if only given the chance to prove itself!
Any other ideas for how to reuse them?