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I am constantly battling my hoarding tendencies, which is why I usually shrink from the genre of “10 Great Uses For Old Twist Ties” hacks – and yet I tell you to have an empty sugar bag handy, especially if you are a bit clumsy (or have awkward children, awkward pets, or an awkward significant other).

The proposal relates to health and safety and comes to us one of my beloved Twitter mutualscarrying around an empty sugar bag just to dispose of broken glass. (My Twitter friends seriously have the best hacks!)

As Sacha explains in her tweet, a thick, double-ply paper bag is a much safer place to store broken glass than a plastic bag. When I asked Sacha where she got the idea from and she told me it came from her own brilliant brain:

I thought of it myself! Coming from a family with hoarding tendencies + practicing the security mentality while working in a QC lab = the occasional household hack like this one.

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This is a brilliant use of something I would normally throw in the trash without hesitation. Broken glass is known to be very sharp-edged, and I always worry that they will poke through a garbage bag and cause a stupid injury or at least an annoying mess, be it for me or a plumbing worker. A thick, double-ply paper bag prevents such tragedies.

Having an empty bag with you just in case you break a glass may seem too cautious, but paper sugar bags don’t take up much space. If you have kids – or hyperactive pets – it’s always best to be prepared for glass breakage. (Though honestly I wasn’t a stranger even before I got my wild dog. I’m very clumsy.)