Reuse a lunch bag as a stylish car trash can

As the chief operator and responsible party for our family vehicle (an ’07 Odyssey), I see the day-to-day destruction that two little kids and two winters worth of snow packed into three months time can do to a car. One thing that has always struck me as odd is that trash receptacles have not been built into cars (especially family vehicles).

I had been reusing plastic bags from the grocery store (which I guiltily use when I forget my own) to store my trash. I’d loop it over the gear shifter, where it would drive my husband crazy – not to mention that it looks, well, trashy.

While waiting at the bus stop this morning, I was doing my usual five-minute clean-up of the “command center” in the front seat. I found one of my kids’ Subway reusable lunch bags and had a flash of inspiration. I hooped the handle on the edge of my slide-out cup holder and, ta-da! Instant and colorful reusable trash bag!

Though it’s rather small and will need to be emptied more frequently, it’s a much-better aesthetic improvement over the trashy and wasteful plastic bag that I used in the past. Score!

How do you manage the trash that piles up in your vehicle?

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About Julie Hurley

A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living and is the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media. Visit her personal blog at: