Plastic in the garden: good or bad?
Newspapers, magazines, TV, social media, you see the headlines everywhere: plastic is everywhere and it's ruining the planet.
That doesn't make you happy, does it? Because you care about the world and nature. You don't have a Planty Garden for nothing, right?
But I'm not here to get into the doom and gloom. I prefer to look at what we can do about it.
With a Planty Garden, you're already making a difference
- 4 sprigs of parsley? They come in a plastic container packed in a plastic bag.
- Organic cucumber or bell pepper? Sold in plastic cling wrap.
- A handful of cherry tomatoes? You'll find them in a plastic cup.
Existing plastic is also a raw material
Plastic is extremely durable: it doesn't decay. That's why single-use plastic is so harmful to the environment. It serves a purpose for just a few minutes, then gets thrown away.
But if you collect that plastic and turn it into a durable product, that makes a real difference. You keep that junk away from our oceans and transform it into something beautiful, long-lasting, and useful.
Instead of using tropical wood to make poles, scaffolding, and lamp posts, they use repurposed plastic. So, they don't just clean up mountains of plastic waste, but also save rainforests.
One of those guys, Remi, used that material to turn a boring allotment into an insane Planty Garden.
Check out how cool:
That got us thinking
- By producing a garden box this way, we clean up a lot of existing plastic waste. That means less plastic soup in our oceans.
- By growing vegetables in a garden box, we're buying less produce that's been packaged in plastic.
So, we went all out:
Planty Gardening and recycled plastic
We had a number of garden boxes and grow bags made: small ones and some larger ones.
For the first 2, we used material that is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Meet our MM-Mini grow bags:
The 30x30 MM-Mini
Just click them together, fill them with MM-Mix, and you're ready to sow. You don't have to replace the soil mix ever, so you can enjoy it for years.
Only available in black:
It isn't cheap, but it's a boss garden box:
- This garden box is indestructible, it won't get crooked or warp over time, and is infinitely recyclable.
- It's made from a living room full of plastic waste - from plastics that are usually tough to recycle.
- Everyone who sees this garden box thinks it is gorgeous. The material looks clean and solid, like a cross between wood and concrete and the legs are made of galvanized steel.
What about micro-plastic? Don't the boxes shed tiny particles into the soil mix?
That's why I took a deep dive and found out all I could about it. Our garden boxes are the best solution out there.
What about other plastics in the garden?
It's true: sometimes you can't avoid plastic. I mean, I have no idea what an alternative would be to a plastic garden hose.
- Watering your plants? Why not use an old yogurt or deli container. They work just as well as a watering can- even better actually.
- Raking or digging a hole? A fork and spoon from your kitchen drawer would work just fine for smaller tasks.
- A nozzle for a spray bottle? Just poke a hole or 2 in a plastic top and tadaa!
Nice Jelle, but meanwhile you're still shipping in plastic bags
Yes, our MM-Mix comes in plastic bags. Unfortunately, there's no other way to do this with a bag of soil. However, 80% of the material is made from recycled plastic. As soon as it's technically possible, we'll make it 100%.
Plastic is also used to ship our stuff, but as little as possible. But all of that plastic is very easy to recycle into new material. That's a different story than potato chip bags, the plastic coating in cardboard coffee cups, and other composite products.
We're also looking into the possibility of making garden boxes from used bags. We think this kind of solution is not only important but also fun 😄
At the same time, we're also working hard to replace all our plastic packaging with something else. Because you don't have to clean up what isn't there in the first place.
So: how do we tackle the plastic problem?
Level 1: Start a vegetable garden and grow your own food. This way, you buy less pre-packaged produce and use less unnecessary plastic.
Level 2: Use garden boxes made from recycled plastic and transform existing plastic into a vegetable garden. For example, with our MM-Heroes, MM-Minis, or MM-Airbaks.
Level 3: Encourage your friends and family to participate as well.
If we manage to do 3, then we're not only doing something fun - growing plants - but we are also giving a positive twist to a problem that concerns us all.
So, what do you say - join us?
To give you an idea: 20 kg of plastic equals 1 cubic meter of compressed plastic waste. Uncompressed, that's the equivalent of a living room full of plastic waste.