By Lydia Krupinski

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A typical scenario: I’m downtown and realize that I’ve just run out of soy milk, so I stop at Trader Joes, and as is common, I don’t have my cloth shoppers with me.  My eyes turn downward. The guilt and shame of paper bagging envelope me as I leave the store.

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So what’s a gal to do with her amassed collection of paper bags? Why, turn them into paper! To make your own recycled stock follow these three simple steps.

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1) Gingerly tear off the paper handles.

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2) Cut your bag into 11″ x 8.5″ sheets.

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3) Iron your sheets flat

Quick, easy, and resourceful, use these sheets to print out coupons, bills, receipts, business statements and more!

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