10 Easy Ways to Become an Eco-friendly Gardener with PlantBox

June 5, 2021 Tom Luck

Creating an eco-friendly garden is easier than you might think—you don’t even need a garden! Just because there isn’t room for a lawn, raised beds or potted plants, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a wall of living, breathing plants.

PlantBox is the eco-friendly vertical garden that packs heaps of plants into the smallest of spaces, from balconies to courtyards to inside the home. Designed to be as super-sustainable as possible, PlantBox gets your garden off to an eco-friendly start before you’ve planted up your display. But there are a few simple changes you can make in the way you garden to further support the environment.

1. Increase biodiversity 

Plants will give your local area a double boost of biodiversity. In addition to the plants themselves, they will attract and feed bees, butterflies and birds—outdoors only, we hope! With green spaces shrinking in our towns and cities, the need to plant more leafy havens and pollen pitstops has never been greater.

2. Prevent water wastage

The cascading watering system eliminates the need for daily watering and prevents water wastage. Each PlantBox has a water level indicator to show exactly how thirsty plants are, eliminating over- and under-watering. The water reservoir holds 1.8 litres of water. That’s enough for  1 to 2 weeks, depending on location, weather and plant thirst. Plants draw up water as they need it through the inner wicking-felt lining, which prevents the roots from becoming waterlogged. So you can say goodbye to all your watering woes!

3. Made from 100% recycled materials

PlantBox is made in the UK from 100% recycled materials. The mould used to create PlantBox is specially designed to make two PlantBoxes simultaneously. This reduces the carbon footprint by over 75% compared to other plastic moulds. In our effort to minimise the impact of shipping we designed PlantBox to nestle inside each other when transported. The carbon footprint is further reduced for orders within the UK as there are no air miles. When it comes to packaging, we use 100% recycled cardboard and potato starch bags to hold the small bits, avoiding single-use plastic and wasteful padding.

4. Plant for pollinators  

You can support your local populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators by planting pollen-rich flowers. These supply our super-important friends with essential food and shelter in the urban wastelands of our cities. Pollinators also love fruits, veggies and herbs. But don’t worry they won’t steal your food—they prefer to snack on the flowers for nectar!

5. £1 from every PlantBox goes to charity

£1 from every PlantBox we sell goes to the PlantBox Trust, an independent charity set up to provide access to nature where it is needed, such as the wellbeing garden for staff and patients at the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. 

6. Go peat-free

Peat-based compost is harmful to the environment, so if you don’t already make your own compost at home then make sure you buy peat-free compost from your garden centre. Peatlands, aside from being an important habitat for plants and wildlife, absorb and store colossal amounts of carbon—twice as much as all the world’s forests! When peat is extracted, the carbon is released into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. Peatlands are also important water stores, holding about 10% of global freshwater, but are incredibly slow to form at a rate of 1mm per year. 

For a more eco-friendly garden, we recommend using ordinary, multi-purpose compost, but there are plenty of other alternatives such as wood fibre, bark and coir (coconut fibre).

7. PlantBox is reusable

In line with environmental best practice we designed PlantBox to be high quality, durable and reusable—whether you’re moving home or want to take your plants on holiday, the troughs can be unstacked and taken with you!

8. Grow your own food

Growing your own food is an excellent way to reduce food waste and support the environment. By slashing food miles to food metres, you are reducing the reliance on long-distance transportation of food, which guzzles fossil fuels and emits large amounts of carbon dioxide. Check out our Top 5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food.

9. Go native

Native plants* are a great way to create an eco-friendly garden and to promote the environmental stewardship of our natural heritage. By going native, you will encourage local wildlife by providing valuable habitats and a source of food. The news gets even better for new gardeners: Native plants are often easy to grow and can be more resistant to pests and diseases. They also require less chemicals, which brings us nicely onto our final point.

*A native plant is one that occurs naturally in the region in which it evolved.

10. Cut out the chemicals

You can cut out the need for chemicals and pesticides, which harm the environment, by using natural methods and organic products to support your plants. By avoiding chemicals, you won’t harm beneficial insects or introduce unnecessary nasties to your garden.

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