Make Plastic Lumber From Used Plastic Bags

Make Plastic Lumber From Used Plastic Bags

Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 14, 2010

What do you do with your old plastic bags? They're used in all sorts of ways these days, but a new one to us is creating "plastic lumber." Would you be daring enough to add them to a pot of canola oil until they make a thick sludge and them press them in a simple form? We might be now, read more about the process this way.

Our friends over at Make tipped us off to the works of Michael Colombo, from Push The Other Button, who created this curious Instructables tutorial on repurposing your old plastic bags in a new way.

Although the original intent was to make children's blocks, we think the idea has tremendous possibility when it comes to making things such as book ends or even a tile of sorts for backsplashes. How would you put this process to use for you (assuming you're down with the small mess that's involved)?

Let us know in the comments below!

(Image: Michael Colombo for Make)

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