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Fold plastic free garbage bags from newspaper

Fold plastic free garbage bags from newspaper

Garbage bags and other plastic bags are still a huge problem for our environment. That's why today I'm going to show you one way you can fold plastic free garbage bags can. I'm going to give you a simple folding tutorial that will allow you to turn an old newspaper into a garbage bag. You don't need glue either. An old newspaper is the only thing you need to fold trash bags out of newsprint. Let's go!

Why fold plastic-free garbage bags?

One trillion plastic bags. That's the estimated number of plastic bags used worldwide each year. 90% of them end up in landfills. The average European citizen uses about 500 plastic bags. If you count only the garbage bags, you get about 176. In Germany, 10,000 plastic bags are consumed every minute.₁ As you can see, it is urgently time for something to change. The Zero Waste Lifestyle is already more than just a trend. And this DIY tutorial for your garbage bags from newspaper are an important part of it.

Folding garbage bags from newspaper - how to do it

1) First unfold two layers of newspaper.

Folding garbage bags from newspaper

2) Fold the short side of the newsprint inward enough to make a square. Then fold the upper left edge to the opposite side.

Folding garbage bags from newspaper

3) You can cut off the excess newspaper with scissors. When you bend the square, you should now have a triangle.

Folding garbage bags from newspaper

4) Fold a point onto the opposite side of the newsprint.

Folding garbage bags from newspaper

5) Take two layers of the paper and fold it upwards. Put the tips in the resulting "pocket".

Newsprint - Plastic free garbage bags

6) Turn the newsprint over. Repeat the process on the other side.

Newsprint - Plastic free garbage bags

7) This is how it should look in the end.

Newsprint - Plastic free garbage bags

8) Finally, you can fold the ends of the bottom of the bag, so that the bag can stand well. Done!

Folding garbage bags from newspaper

Folding garbage bags from newspaper is easy!

As you could see, it's quite easy to fold garbage bags from newspaper. By the way, the DIY garbage bags can also be used for the Compost be used. Newspaper inks are now free of heavy metals and water-insoluble₂ (except for magazines). If you are already folding plastic-free garbage bags, you can also use them for other things. For example, to carry nuts, fruits, vegetables or other food in the supermarket. You can also use newsprint use for wrapping gifts.

Have you ever folded your trash bag from newspaper or do you have questions and suggestions for the DIY tutorial? Then write me a comment.

Best regards and have fun trying it out,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: Do you want to learn even more about how to plastic free living can? Then click on the linked article!



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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

35 thoughts on “Plastikfreie Mülltüten aus Zeitungspapier falten”

  1. Hello Tabea, I find your page super and have tried to craft the garbage bags. Unfortunately, I failed quite... Either I'm doing something wrong or it does not work, in any case, the inserted corners slip out with me constantly. Even when the bag is empty, the corners suddenly slip out again and the bag falls apart. Also, I don't understand what you mean by "folding the ends of the bottom of the bag". Which ends fold over and how? The bag doesn't actually have a "bottom", it just stands on one edge. Even if I squeeze it a bit, it doesn't turn into a bottom so that the bag stands. In your last picture, I also find it a bit confusing that you can't see the opening of the bag.
    Can you help me?
    Thank you and best regards

    1. Hi Gina, thanks for your comment 🙂 If you flatten the bottom (what you call the edge) a bit from the inside, the bag will stand better. You can then also try pressing lightly into the center of the bottom with your fingers from the other side of the bottom (from the outside). If the bag still does not stand, you can try it with a layer of more newspaper, then the bag is altogether thicker. This also ensures that the corners do not slip out of the "bag". Alternatively, you can leave the cut edge on the newspaper from the front and just click it around so that the newspaper is a square from the beginning. This also makes the bag more stable.
      Love greetings

      1. Nice idea. But unfortunately just fitting the cosmetic bin when I take a normal newspaper. Even if it would be big enough for the kitchen garbage, it is not risky in winter what fly and maggots then in the gray garbage cans. Is yes then nothing closed and there is almost risk with kitchen waste but large

      2. Hi Tabea, I would sew the bag, put several double sides on half, sew up the long side, bottom too, Then press bottom in a bit and put an extra layer of newspaper in. When full, roll up the top. Lg Gabi

        1. Hi Gabi! Thanks for your feedback and tips! We'll give it a try 🙂
          Many greetings

  2. Hello Tabea. I think your idea of avoiding plastic bags is basically good. However, the size of the bag does not convince me at all. M. E. much too small, or I'm doing something wrong. ???♀️
    Then I prefer to take a newspaper page - unfolded - put the waste on it (potato peel etc.) and then crumple it up for the garbage can. ?

    1. Hello Corinna,
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 In fact, the garbage bags are relatively small. The advantage to them is just that you can easily compost them. If you're looking for a bigger alternative, there are also some options. For example, some use toilet paper packaging (if you buy the regular one from the supermarket). A friend of mine always picks up clean plastic bags lying around on the sidewalk on her way home (when you start paying attention, you only notice how many there are) and uses them as garbage bags. Otherwise, there are also compostable garbage bags made of corn starch (
      Love greetings

      1. Hey, the compostable ones are at least not suitable for household/residual waste, i.e. everything that is not composted but picked up, because they are sorted out and burned in the waste incinerators as normal plastic bags 🙂 So you can save the money 🙂
        Love greetings

  3. Hello Lara,
    I don't save money, but at least I save more plastic when I use compostable bags.
    That's reason enough for me to reach for alternative pouches.

    1. Hi Carola, unfortunately compostable bags are also not compostable in the way it says on the packaging. Also, these bags usually belong in the plastic garbage, as they cause trouble in the utilities. The garbage bag made of newspaper is therefore a good alternative. You can just give it a try 🙂 .
      Stay clean,

  4. For my organic waste, I simply use a medium-sized metal bowl with a strip of paper at the bottom. I then empty it into the organic waste garbage can as needed. No bags, no other garbage. I just make sure that I put the "drier" waste like avocado peelings, banana peelings, etc. at the bottom before I put the wetter waste on top.
    Who disturbs the sight, you can simply put a plate upside down on the bowl. Little flowers on it - already usable as a decorative object 🙂

    1. Hi Claire! Exactly, it can be so simple 🙂 .
      Thanks for your tips and have a great Christmas to you and your family!
      Many greetings

    2. You've probably never had maggots (especially in the summer) in the organic garbage can. That is so disgusting. I also wrap the paper bag when it's full in newspaper again, in the winter so the compost doesn't soak through and freeze and in the summer because of the flies. These paper bags I fold for years but by the size really only for the compost.
      lg sonny

      1. Hi Sonny! Ne I had not yet. For that you have to keep the organic waste but also a whole time so together, right? If I bring down the organic waste 1-2 times a week, I have no maggots in it. 🙂
        Best regards and happy new year,

  5. For the double size simply take 2 x 2 sheets of newsprint, and lay them so that they overlap about 10 cm and fold the bag from them. The two short sides together now make the longer side for folding. This is then enough for a normal kitchen bucket. I have been doing it this way for a long time and it works very well! Many greetings and a good plastic-poor new year! Monika

  6. A great idea and newspapers are always enough. Do you have possibly also a video in which the folding is explained / shown? I'm even too stupid to fold a well or a boat from newspaper ??
    I will try it later right away?
    LG Anita

    1. Hi Anita! I give everything that we can show this year also a few video posts, thanks for the tip 🙂
      Try it for now still so, good luck 🙂
      Many greetings

  7. Dear Christoph,
    I think Sonny means maggots in the bio garbage can in your comment, not in her kitchen;-)
    The organic waste garbage can is only collected every 14 days, at least in our country.
    It is helpful to wrap the respective organic waste portions in extra newspaper.
    I just had to laugh heartily at your little misunderstanding. Thanks for that!

  8. Hello??♀️, I just discovered you on Pinterest. I use an old soup bowl with a lid for my organic waste without a gap for the ladle in the lid because of the smell. You can get them at the junk store. Decorative it is in any case?. I think the paper garbage bags are great. I will try it out. Many greetings Katja

    1. Hi Katja, oh also cool! Thanks for the tip - maybe some readers here have a discarded soup bowl and can give it a second life 😉.
      Many greetings

  9. Hello,
    the idea I find so super that I have made myself two and will also use from now on! Thank you for it, because each plastic bag less is worth gold and finally everyone should also start with itself, then it would soon all do!

    1. Hi Marie! From the neighbor or you just take cardboard and fold it so that it fits in the trash 😉 It go otherwise also magazines and other journals 😉
      Best regards

  10. Hello
    I would like to make bags from newspaper. Unfortunately, these are much too small for the trash can. Is there another suggestion?

    1. Hey Petra. Phew, so either you take a larger newspaper or you just try it without garbage bags at all - depending on what garbage you want to collect in it.
      Do others have even better ideas?
      Many greetings

  11. Yes,I have decided to use the rectangular bags.I make stock when I sit in front of the TV.When the garbage bag is full,I take it away.

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