Saving the environment is on the minds of almost everyone these days. Finding ways to reduce the amount of garbage in our landfills is one of the things that everyone is talking about. Most products are made from plastics that do not break down over time. Because of this, our nation's landfills are becoming clogged with containers that will still be there hundreds of years from now. Yet, many of the things we take for granted and toss out can be reused in more constructive ways. Here are a few ideas on how to turn disposable plastic containers into planters.

It won't be long and many of us will be thinking about getting our flower beds and vegetable gardens up and running. To get a jump on this, it's a good idea to get your plants started indoors while it's still a bit cold outside. Ice cream containers work great for this process. The smaller 1/2 gallon sized containers are perfect for getting plants such as tomatoes and pepper plants established before planting them in the ground. Larger 5 quart ice cream buckets are ideal for use as houseplant containers. Simply cut a small hole in the bottom for drainage while using the lid to catch any water. This works best when placing a few small stones between the container and the lid.

Milk cartons are another great item to use when starting seeds. Pint sized and quart sized cartons work best and can be reused once the first plants are in the ground. This way, as you have your first plants in the ground getting their roots established, you can have new seeds in the cartons and away from insect and birds. Gallon sized milk containers make great watering cans for both indoor and outdoor plants. If you're the type of person who collects rainwater, these make perfect receptacles. Simply rinse them out, fill them up, and store them away.

For those who enjoy growing houseplants, you know that there will be times when you'll need to cut some of your plants back. In doing so, you may want to save the cuttings to be replanted as a single plant as soon as they've grown a few roots. A great container for getting these plants to take root is in those large plastic fountain drink containers. I know many people who seem to have several of these in their cupboards, not wanting to toss them out. This is a great way to put these plastic glasses to good use, without having to throw them out or use them when company comes by. Plus, you won't be quite as upset when you notice the water stains left behind, as you would if using a glass vase.

If you've been looking for ways to help save the environment, and have a flair for growing plants, this is a great way to combine the two. See how many other items you would normally toss out that can be employed in such a manner. Rather than having all these products out there destroying the planet, turn it around and use them to enhance the planet. Because you can't have a planet without the plant.