Plastic. It's everywhere. It wraps our left-over food, it's the bottle of water you buy at the shops and it lines your bins at home. It's time to get savvy and use less.

Sometimes when looking for ways to reduce plastic waste, the best way to tackle the question is by asking: what would Grandma have done?

The plastic bag wasn’t invented until 1950, and their widespread use didn’t come until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s when supermarkets began to introduce them at check outs.

So what did Granny use to line her rubbish bin in place of plastic bin bags?

A paper grocery bag was frequently used in lieu of a plastic bin liner, but just as common was the practice of lining your rubbish bin with newspaper. A simple and free solution that we should all consider adopting.

While the internet is awash with YouTube tutorials that will step you through the more complicated method of creating an origami newspaper bin bag, our preferred method is even easier.

Simply place newspaper sheets around your bin walls, folding the excess paper over the lip of the bin. Once you’ve worked your way around the bin walls add some extra sheets to cover the base. You can use two pages per section to create a thicker barrier.



To empty, simply carry the entire bin outside to your council wheelie bin and empty the contents, including the newspaper liner.

If you’re composting your food scraps the bin should stay clean quite easily, as you’ll notice that without food scraps most of your rubbish is dry waste. If you don’t compost your food scraps, simply wrap them in newspaper before depositing them in your bin.

Tip: If the bin does get a bit messy, it’s easy to just wash it out and dry it in the sun.