Now that you know you should save up your plastic shopping bags either to reuse or recycle, here are two ways you can fold them into a dense little manageable pile so they don’t float around like environment-destroying fairies and escape from their box. It’s amazing how little space they take up once they’re folded!
Both methods start with flattening out the bag and folding it lengthwise 4 or 5 times. I use the doubled up sides of the bag as a guide. Smooth it out with your hand from the bottom to the handles to squeeze out as much air as possible.
Here are your two options: the egg roll or the curry puff.
The egg roll
Place your index and middle fingers at the base of the strip, furthest from the handles.
Roll the strip firmly around your fingers (but not so firm that you can’t get them out at the end). Once you reach the handles, extract your fingers.
Carefully separate the handles while keeping the bag firmly rolled.
Take the handle on the outside of the roll and wrap it around the roll the way it’s going. When it’s done a full loop, tie a knot with the two handles to keep the bag rolled up.
The curry puff
Start with your flat strip again. Fold the base of the strip (the bottom of the bag, away from the handles) diagonally to meet the edge of the strip.
Take the triangle you’ve created and fold it further towards the handles.
Keep folding towards the handles, squeezing out the air each time.
Once you reach the handles, look at the triangle – does the side with the handles sticking out have a pocket? If not, you might need to fold or unfold your triangle a bit until there’s a pocket. Open up the pocket.
Stuff the handles in so you have a neat triangle.
Pat the triangle to flatten it out a bit.