10 Ways You Can Go Greener in 2022 with PlantBox

January 7, 2022 Tom Luck

When it comes to making a New Year’s resolution, our first thought is often to improve our health—eat less chocolate, order fewer takeaways, hit the gym more—and we often overlook an easier, and arguably better, solution: surround ourselves with plants.

One of the best resolutions to make (and stick to) in 2022 is to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Doing so will not only improve your mental and physical health, but it will improve the health of the planet too. 

In an ever-changing world that’s being directly impacted by climate change and worsening air pollution levels, more and more of us are looking for alternative ways to live more sustainably. A PlantBox living wall is one of these ways.

As well as being easy to stick to (we’re looking at you, unused gym membership), going green with PlantBox doesn’t require a garden—any old boring brick wall will do—and you don’t need to be a plant guru in order to enjoy all the wonderful health benefits you’ll gain too:

  • A regular connection with nature is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, whilst improving mental health. 
  • Plants combat air pollution by cleaning the air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—airborne toxins released from everyday plastics, carpets and furnishings.
  • The fresh air plants produce increases our productivity.
  • Studies have shown plants speed up recovery from mental fatigue and reduce high blood pressure.
  • The list goes on—discover more benefits of living walls.

So how does going green help the health of the planet? Find out in our 10 ways you can go greener in 2022 with PlantBox.

1. Increase biodiversity

Packing large numbers of plants into even a small space will give your home a much-needed 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. 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. Don’t worry, they won’t steal your food—they prefer to snack on the flowers for nectar instead!

3. 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. 

Growing your own food is also incredibly enjoyable and satisfying, and that’s before it has even hit the plate! You don’t need a huge amount of space—a kitchen surface, beside the back door or an unused windowsill can all be turned into a personal fresh food aisle. There are lots of delicious fruits, veggies and herbs that make great home-grown crops, many of which are suitable for first-time growers. Simply let your taste buds be your planting guide. Check out our Top 5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food.

4. 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. 

Water is poured into the top PlantBox and cascades into those below, filling up each water reservoir in turn. Each 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. Make 2022 the year you say goodbye to all your watering woes!

5. PlantBox is reusable and refillable

PlantBox is designed 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! You can update the plants in your display as frequently as you want for a fresh look—from individual plants to the whole display—or use low-maintenance evergreen plants for year-round colour that requires minimal attention. PlantBox allows you to grow what you like and helps plants to thrive, whether in a sunless, plant-stripping north-facing garden or the desert-like conditions of a south-facing garden.

6. Made from 100% recycled materials

PlantBox is made in Norfolk, 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 compostable bags to hold the small bits, avoiding single-use plastic and wasteful padding.

7. 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 next point.

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

8. 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).

9. 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.

10. 1% of PlantBox sales is pledged to 1% For The Planet

We pledge 1% of PlantBox sales to 1% For The Planet, a global organisation that supports non-profits who are tackling our most pressing environmental issues. We also support local community projects to help people reconnect with nature, such as the wellbeing garden for staff and patients at the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. By going green with PlantBox you are transforming more than your own space. Find out more.

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