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Why Repurpose Plastic?
Speaking for Mother Earth, plastic is a problem. It most often ends up polluting landfills, where it can take up to 400 years to break down, or contaminating our planet’s marine ecosystems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the global marine environment in 2010. Those plastic particles end up contaminating animals, allowing it to work its way up the food chain where it can eventually poison the humans that eat it.
Let’s work to keep plastic out of landfills and the environment. It may be easier than you think to reduce your personal plastic waste. Here are a few simple and budget-friendly ways to repurpose plastic bags.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Plastic Bag Ghosts
Celebrating Halloween or any other holiday doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy oodles of single-use plastic decorations. Instead, try upcycling some so-called trash laying around the house. These spooky ghosts, for example, can be easily made from repurposed plastic bags.
Plastic Bag Ghosts from Small for BigContinue to 5 of 24 below.
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DIY Outdoor PillowsContinue to 6 of 24 below.
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Plastic Bag Coin Purse
Need somewhere to stash your coins (or an eco-friendly gift idea)? Look no further! This easy-to-follow tutorial will show you how to transform one of your old plastic shopping bags into a stylish DIY coin purse. Say goodbye to fishing for stray change in the bottom of your bags.
Recycled Coin Purse from We Can Make AnythingContinue to 7 of 24 below.
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DIY Sleeping Mats for the Homeless
There are no buts about it—everyone needs a cozy place to sleep. Lend a helping hand to your community’s homeless population by DIY-ing them their very own sleeping mats. These comfy mats won’t break the bank either. Plastic bags and some hard work will do the trick.
DIY Sleep Mats for Homeless from The Savvy AgeContinue to 8 of 24 below.
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Recycled Plastic Totes
This blog will walk you through ways to crochet a cute bag of any size using old, unused plastic bags. You can make one big enough to carry your beach supplies, small enough to carry your keys and wallet, or that in-between size to take to the grocery store. And don’t even get us started on the various color options!
Crochet Beach Bags From Recycled Plastic Bags from Felt MagnetContinue to 9 of 24 below.
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Plastic Bag Basket
This may not be the easiest (or quickest) DIY out there, but it’s sure to help shrink your carbon footprint. Depending on what size basket you make, you could save a whopping 50 plastic shopping bags from ending up in the landfill. Talk about eco-friendly!
DIY Woven Basket Made From Plastic Bags from 1 Million WomenContinue to 11 of 24 below.
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DIY Gift Bows
Bows take every gift-wrapping job to the next level. But, let’s be honest, they’re made of a lot of unnecessary single-use plastics. Good news for environmentalists—you can have your cake and eat it too by making your own upcycled DIY gift bows out of plastic bags.
Unique Gift Bows from Creative Jewish MomContinue to 12 of 24 below.
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Reuse Your Plastic Bags for Storage & MoreContinue to 13 of 24 below.
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DIY Crinkle Toy
Finding the perfect gift for the new baby or pet in your life is a tough task. Making one yourself will allow you to express just how much you care about them. Plus, you can customize it with cute patterns and colors to match their personality.
Crinkle Toy From Scrap Plastic from Crafting a Green WorldContinue to 14 of 24 below.
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ReuseContinue to 17 of 24 below.
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Recycle ThemContinue to 18 of 24 below.
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Plastic Bag Flower PotContinue to 19 of 24 below.
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Pack Your Plastic BagsContinue to 20 of 24 below.
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