Did you know that it can take hundreds of years for a single plastic bottle in a landfill to completely decompose? In the ocean, however, researchers have found that plastic breaks down rather quickly. Sounds great, right? Not exactly. The chemicals leached into the water from the degrading plastics are potentially toxic, endangering sea life, and in turn, us. You can read about it here. Makes you think twice about buying bottles of water, doesn't it? It would be nice to live in a world where we weren't compelled to buy plastic, but of course it's almost impossible not to at some point in time. Especially if you're on a budget. I would love to have my ketchup and spices and laundry detergent all encased in both ecologically and economically sound packaging, but alas, this is the real world. In the meantime, here are some suggestions of how to repurpose those plastic bottles into something useful.