Elizabeth Entenman
June 11, 2016 7:05 am

When we heard the news that IKEA redesigned their iconic blue and yellow shopping bags, we were ecstatic. IKEA bags are a necessary evil that we inevitably end up buying every time we visit the Swedish superstore. They cost 99 cents, are awkwardly big, and crinkle endlessly when we’re attempting to haul our purchases home. Good riddance, right? Wrong.

Even though the blue and yellow bags are on the way out, there are still plenty of ways to put them to good use — useful ones that won’t drive you crazy. Once you see all the good that an IKEA bag can do, you’ll be stockpiling them like crazy.

You can grow a garden in an IKEA bag.

IKEA bags make for functional and stylish kites.

They also double as laundry bags.

Moving boxes, too.

Pets LOVE to lounge inside IKEA bags.

Travel in them, too.

They can divide a room or create walls — that are weatherproof! — where needed.

Car have a broken window? Patch it up with an IKEA bag.

Does your cat need a belt? Offer him a bag strap.

You can even turn the bags into wearable fashion.

Or, if you want to keep the bag functionality, you can upcycle the blue and yellow into something that’s more your style.

The new forest green and white bags will hit stores next year, so stock up on the blue and yellow ones while you still can. Who knew we would actually want a ton of these things laying around?

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