We have a Saturday broadsheet newspaper about once a month as a treat and it lies about for ages until we have read all the sections till I finally recycle. This week it has been cannibalized to replace the plastic bags. I have Googled the idea of folding the paper into useful bags. This method looks handy -
I have also started to look at any packaging as potential containers. I reuse the plastic square tubs the mushrooms come in to gather veg from the garden and these last for ages. I use the cereal packets for crafts or leave them in the kitchen for a few days as somewhere to pack the small bits of paper, card and plastic for the recycling bin.
I shall miss the plastic carriers next summer as I used them to make flags on the veg garden. tied to canes they rattled and blew about nicely to scare the birds.
I have been experimenting with tin cans cut into flowers and used as whirly gigs. Not very successful so far as I need to find something for the centres. The screw through a straw is not quite moving smoothly enough. I see one of my sewing threads is on a hard small cardboard cylinder and that may be useful when it is empty.
I carefully checked my on line supermaket shop and made sure I had the box ticked for no bag delivery. If I had left it I could see the cost would have been an extra 40p on a £43 shop. Price of a tin of beans or tomatoes!