DIY: Get rid of plastic lining, make your own newspaper garbage bags

A lot of people take plastic bags at a store for the sole purpose of ‘re-using’ them as garbage bags. What if you could make a bin liner out of newspaper, it’s cheaper, good for the earth and easier for the animals at the dump (who end up ingesting it).

The idea is adapted from a Brazilian video. It is simpler and doesn’t follow precise Origami.

Great for:

Bathrooms (sanitary waste), home rejects (hair, dust that is swept etc which cannot go into recyclable or compostable waste).

Don’t expect it to hold for very wet or heavy waste.

What you need:

– Two sheets of newspaper (for a small bin liner) or 4 sheets for a large bin liner

– Glue

How to make it: Small bins

1. Pile two sheets of newspaper over each other

2. Fold across the largest diagonal you can make on the sheets (see crease in the next picture)

3. Once you have a triangle plus a tiny bit sticking out, tuck it into the triangular bit

4. Fold the ends in

5. At this point, you could use the gum to stick these ends together. Pull the flap down, you could glue it too

6. and we’re done!

Paper Garbage bag in use

How to make it: Large bins

Follows the same steps as above, but starts with a mesh of 4 sheets of paper

1. Arrange 4 sheets of newspaper to be overlapping

2. Use gum to stick loose ends to make it like one large sheet of paper

3. Fold across diagonal, fold that rectangular bit and tuck it into the rest of the triangle

4. Fold the ends in, and the top triangular bit (and secure with gum again).

5. Open up and line your bin with it

6. When it’s time to throw out your garbage, glue/staple the top triangular bit.. Your garbage should look like this:

Let 2014 be your year of doing and doing more with less! Got other innovative ideas around lining bins?

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