Don't get me wrong, I love me an impressive upcycle, where someone takes trash and turns it into a magnificent object. But that's just not me. Me, I'm strictly opportunistic (read: lazy). I see an interesting container, I'll toss it in the dishwasher. Maybe I'll find a use for it, maybe it'll end up in the recycle bin. No biggie.
My latest reuse hack: with a minute or two of TLC, turn the plastic mesh bags that clementines come in, into little drawstring bags. The process is embarrassingly simple:
That is: cleanly cut one end of the bag, ziptie the other end, cleanly cut it, thread a shoe lace through the first opening. And you're done.
The result looks like, well, a mesh bag:
I wish these bags weren't made from plastic mesh, as I bet old school string would be quite strong. But still, the bags are surprisingly useful. They are lightweight, pack down to nothing, allow the contents to "breathe" and best of all, if one gets damaged or generally nasty, it can be recycled like it was going to be in the first place. Zero guilt.