by Liesl Clark
Much of our store-bought bread comes in a plastic bag (recyclable at most grocery stores, if clean) with a hard plastic clip to keep it shut. These clips also make their appearance occasionally on produce bags. Some call them bag clips, others bag tags. They’re made of hard plastic and as of yet we know no community that accepts them for recycling. If yours does, please let us know in the comments section below.
For some fun bread clip robot reprintables, please visit Mich L in LA’s blog, which is an inspirational site for repurposing our “trash” into artful creations.
But seriously, do you truly know the classification of your bag clips? If you’d like to learn more about those rectangular tabs, perhaps this British Medical Journal “morphology” chart will help you. Their chart is hilarious — I think. Don’t swallow them, or you might become yet another statistic for this study.
Reduce Your Use: Before we show you the fun and useful things one can do with bread clips, we’d like to wean you from accumulating them in the first place. How? Buy fresh bread packaged in paper or make your own! With modern bread-makers it’s not so hard anymore. And you can usually find a free one up-for-grabs on Freecycle. Here’s a foolproof bread recipe my family has been using for years. We make nearly a loaf a day and have saved bundles on our grocery bill.
Reuse It: Bread clips are now the rage. So, it behooves you to save a few for around the house.
1) Use them as earbud tamers to store those earbuds and prevent the inevitable tangles.
2) Use them as counter scrapers for hard-to -scrape -off crud. Same for pots and pans.
3) Use to hold together all your rubber bands in your everything drawer.
5) Use your bread clips to organize and label your desk and entertainment cables.
7) Make bread clip snowmen a la Crafts by Amanda, and impress your housemates.
8) Label your spare keys with them!
9) Place on the end of tape, like duct tape and masking tape, so you don’t have to spend time peeling the tape off itself.
10) Make bread clip gingerbread men!
11) Use them to hold hair ties in the bathroom.
12) Learn how to make a robot necklace from Mich L in LA.
13) Make some more fine jewelry.
14) Here’s a pendant for some more ideas.
15) Get others inspired with your bread clip art.
16) Use them to hold your twist ties in your reusable grocery bag for bulk items.
17) Flip flop about to blow out? Use a bread tag on the bottom to hold the little end in place for a quick reinforcement fix.
18) For some more ideas, visit Whole Living Daily for their top 10 reuses.
Not tired yet of bread clip ideas? Find more on our Trash Backwards app!
Please submit your own ideas, here, or through our crowd-sourcing tool, for other Trash Backwards followers to glean the wonderful reuses of the lowly little bread clip!