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Survive With…Plastic Shopping Bags

Everyone has a pile of plastic shopping bags overflowing out of a kitchen drawer or pantry just taking up space. So, make a survival tool out of ‘em – specifically, a strong, durable waterproof rope, which you can braid without any tools. All you need is as many plastic bags as you can get your hands on and a pair of scissors.

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Now begin connecting half-bags to make strands. Open one and poke a hole near the bottom seam on the side of the half-bag.


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InPhAmUs AL
Apr 29, 2014

You just NEVER know what life throws at you in an INSTANT. Knowledge is POWER. Learn all you can.

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Chris
Apr 25, 2014

Bunch of wannabe outdoors men.

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Chris
Apr 25, 2014

Why did you read the article if it was so useless? I thought it was a good idea as plastic bags are everywhere these days, in trees, lakes, rivers, etc. I could see being lost, stuck, whatever and being able to gather enough bags to make some cordage. Cordage is one of the main things you need in a survival situation. Would you use this idea to make a rope to use at home? Probably not; however in a survival situation you use what you have available in your environment. What do you contribute other than complaints?

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deltazen
Apr 17, 2014

When, where, and why would one actually need to do this?, in a survival situation?, what situation?

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Zel
Apr 17, 2014

Ditto HillSlug - Not much practical value here. Cute idea, very Boulder. When, where, and why would you actually do this?

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Griff
Apr 17, 2014

This article is worthless garbage and to make matters worse, they used a stack of BRAND NEW, NEVER USED, SHOPPING BAGS. What happened to: "Everyone has a pile of plastic shopping bags overflowing out of a kitchen drawer"? Couple more trashy articles like this and you're going to lose this avid supporter at the very least.

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Nat
Apr 04, 2014

I agree with Frank, Most other DIY sites give you the option to see the whole process.

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Alan
Apr 04, 2014

I agree with Frank

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Alan
Apr 04, 2014

I agree with Frank

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HillSlug98239
Apr 04, 2014

I don't see the point of this, unless you're trying to get rid of a lot of plastic grocery bags. It's listed as a "survival hack," but I'm at a loss for under what circumstances I would find myself needing a rope and also having scissors and a lot of plastic grocery bags readily available. It may be a strong rope, but it does not look very compact and I doubt it's abrasion resistant.

My mom has knit things from plastic grocery bags. Those are a big hit with the Waste Warriors crowd. More practical than a rope, too.

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Frank
Apr 04, 2014

What a terrible presentation of a how-to article, it's a great concept, but thanks Backpacker for selling us out to your advertisers. Do we really want to click through 16 different pages so you can boost your page views?!

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