Trash Hacker: Produce Netting to Pot Scrubber

One of our local grocery stores frequently doesn’t have loose produce for sale, it’s already packed up into non-recyclable plastic netting. If you bring these home don’t toss them out! They make reusable bags just as they are and you can transform them into useful new items.

This trash hack takes a few minutes. If your plastic netting is somewhat stiff, it will make a durable pot scrubber; netting that’s as soft as fabric is best as a bath pouf or for use on delicate glassware.

Turn a few plastic netting bags into a pot scrubber.

Gather up your plastic produce netting – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

1. Gather your fine mesh bags and accordion fold them into segments 2-3″ long. I used one bag from some satsumas and a smaller one from some onions. Using more bags results in a larger and fluffier scrubber, but even one bag will work. Don’t worry about cutting off any tags – You’ll get to that in step 3.

Netting accordion-folded and tied tightly around the middle – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

2. Tie the center as tightly as you can with a length of string; I reused cotton string that had stitched closed the top of a bag of birdseed. Square knots are perfect here, and an extra set of hands can help you seat the knot tightly around the center.

Folded ends cut and fluffed – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

3. Once the bundle is securely knotted, clip the ends of the string (cotton remnants can be composted), then cut each loop of bag to fluff the ends up. Voila! From produce netting to pot scrubber.

Produce netting pot scrubber in action – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

I tested this one by scrubbing a bowl of chocolate frosting and our very dirty sink.

Rinse your pot scrubber clean in seconds – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

The bowl, the sink, and the scrubber are all clean and ready for longer lives.

Sparkling clean pot scrubber and bowl – photo by Rebecca Rockefeller

Looking for more reduce, reuse, recycle ideas for plastic produce netting? Try our Trash Backwards app for further inspiration.

Plastic Produce Netting Reuses at App.Trashbackwards.com

And if you have any reduce, reuse, recycle ideas for produce netting, please let us know below or on our crowd-sourcing page.

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