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.

Outdoor Pom Pom Light

Decorating for summertime on the patio just got easier (and incredibly budget-friendly) with these pom pom lights. It’s hard to believe something so fun and trendy is made using plastic bags!

DIY Outdoor Pillows

You only need a few simple supplies to transform your outdoor space into a cozy sitting area fit for entertaining guests. No need to invest in spendy patio decor, either. All you need is a cute tablecloth and a handful of plastic bags.

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!