Plastic containers have always been used by gardeners all over the world. Although gardening is good for the environment, we cannot deny the fact that some single-use materials used in gardening require sustainable alternatives.
Plastic pots have been the primary choice of many growers due to their durability, function, cost, and flexibility in design that makes marketing and shipping easy. Despite the convenience, plastics also come with environmental issues since they’re made with crude oil, making them toxic to nature.
The significant amount of plastic usage contributes to the growing plastic waste problem. They are left in the landfills and as they break down, they emit toxins that contaminate the area. Although recycling has also been implemented in many areas, they aren’t as extensively practiced as it should be.
Biodegradable containers are now being introduced as eco-friendly substitutes for plastic nursery containers. These can be made of bioplastic, coconut coir, poultry feathers, processed cow manure, paper fibers, and rice hull. They can reduce landfill waste since they deteriorate easily compared to plastic containers. Moreover, these biodegradable containers are either plantable ones that you can plant with your plant directly into the soil or that you can add to your compost pile after use.
Since more people are interested in non-plastic and eco-friendly options these days, this indicates that biocontainers have a high potential in the market one day. By letting the public be aware that biodegradable containers are good alternatives to plastic pots, more people will welcome the idea of using eco-friendly containers.