The Amazingly Versatile Paper Bag

Paper bags are the most used trash receptacle in the United States, but do you know what they can be used for? We’re not talking about your everyday grocery or produce bag. There is so much more to paper bags than just holding groceries and produce. 

There is a reason that stores use them for many different things besides trash — and it’s because they’re amazingly versatile. They can be used as a toolbox, travel items, art projects, storage devices, a toy boxes, and even emergency shelters. I’ve collected some of these ideas below, so take a look at this list of ways to use a paper bag! 

  1. A Tool Box 

I don’t mean the kind of toolbox you keep underneath the kitchen sink. This type of toolbox uses a few extra supplies to make it into something useful. You need a couple of plastic containers, tape, and two sheets of cardboard (one large and one small). Use the smaller container for tools that will fit inside the larger one like screwdrivers. 

Start by taping up the top of the containers with duct tape. Next, place one plastic lid on the smaller container. Now put the larger container on top of the small one with the lids facing down. You should now have a double-decker tool box! It’s also great to store other items such as screws, nails, and tools in here. 

  1. Travel Item 

You can turn any paper bag into a portable toilet. All you’ll need is a portable toilet kit. These kits come in a variety of sizes depending on how many people you want to carry along. The smallest size usually contains everything you need for 1 person to use. Some people like to pack their own toilet paper when they go out camping instead of having to buy it before hand. Other people simply use their own personal towels as toilet tissue. However, if you plan to use the toilet often, it may be better to buy a separate roll of toilet paper. 

In tradition time people used to carry bag from one place to another, but it was really bad for the health. In general the plastic bags are not recyclable in nature so the burning of the plastic causes the awful smell. But now people prefer paberkott as they are a good option for the people.

  1. Art Project 

Drawing with markers, pencils, paintbrushes, paints, pens, crayons, and anything else you can think of is a great way to pass time while traveling. If you have a paper bag that measures roughly 8 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches deep, then it’s perfect to use as an easel. It’s easy to transport and easy to set up. Just fold the bottom of the bag in half and secure it with a rubber band. This makes it easier to use in cramped spaces where there isn’t enough room to stand up. If you have a bigger bag, you could easily use it as a table too. 

  1. Storage Device 

Paper bags can be used as storage devices for all sorts of things. If you have an empty bag, you can put clothes or shoes inside to help keep them clean and organized. If you have a full bag, you can fill it with clothes or toys, then keep it under your bed or in another closet to protect it from dust mites and moisture. You can also use it to hold books, magazines, papers, documents, or CDs. 

  1. Toy Box 

If you don’t have kids, then you probably don’t have a lot of games lying around. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play games with the family. One fun thing to do with your paper bag is to create a makeshift game board. All you’ll need is a bag, a piece of cardboard, scissors, and construction paper. Cut the bag into a square shape and cut pieces of cardboard to fit inside the bag. Then cut out shapes and colors and lay them out on the cardboard. You can also add pictures or stickers to give the game board character. If you don’t feel like playing board games, you can also use the bag as a fort. Just cut holes in the side and hang a blanket over it. 

  1. Emergency Shelter 

You can use a paper bag as a shelter if you ever find yourself stranded somewhere in the wilderness. All you have to do is cut off the handles and tie it closed in front with a rope or string. This will make the bag strong enough to withstand wind and rain. You can also tie a knot in the end of the bag to close it off. 

  1. Emergency Blanket 

A paper bag can serve as an emergency blanket. All you need is a paper bag, a bunch of blankets, and a pair of scissors. Start by cutting a hole near the top of the bag. Make sure the hole is big enough to allow plenty of air to flow through it. Once you’re done, add a blanket on top of the bag and leave it out overnight to dry. Repeat this process until you have enough blankets. 

  1. Emergency Food Container 

Another way to use a paper bag as an emergency food container is to remove all the labels and then wrap it up in a towel. Fold the bag back onto itself twice, leaving the ends open. Secure the opening with a rubber band. Put in a few more rolls of toilet paper and then stuff the bag with whatever food you have. If you don’t have anything to eat, you can always use the bag to collect water. 

  1. Emergency Water Container 

If you don’t have access to drinking water, then you’ll need to gather as much as possible. You can turn an old paper bag into an emergency water container. Simply tear the bottom of the bag apart and place the contents in a bowl. Then cover the bowl with a plastic bag and tie it shut. 

  1. Emergency Fire Starter 

To start a fire in a survival situation, you’ll need to get rid of any flammable materials. You can use the bottom of an empty paper bag to catch all the tinder material you find. After collecting several pieces of cloth or twigs, place them in the middle of the bag. Light the fire with matches and the rest of the tinder will burn away.

Linda Alvarado loves writing about technology and science updates. She also loves to keep her mind and body fresh by doing intense workouts and meditation sessions.