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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,347
    Nelly - have you tried the social media approach? It seems to be the way to get a response from some companies nowadays. A direct query about the mesh, and that you wouldn't have used them if you'd known about it, might open a dialogue with them. Worth pursuing. 
    Many of them don't bother to respond to emails, or if they do, read what you've written in them before responding. That's certainly been my experience.  :/
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    KT53 said:

    The Rolawn site states that the mesh biodegrades in 2 to 5 years. 

    Actually, it doesn't say it's biodegradable, but that it is degradable, and that it is non-toxic. So I suspect we are talking about micro plastics :disappointed:
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,595
    LG_ said:
    KT53 said:

    The Rolawn site states that the mesh biodegrades in 2 to 5 years. 

    Actually, it doesn't say it's biodegradable, but that it is degradable, and that it is non-toxic. So I suspect we are talking about micro plastics :disappointed:
    Apologies - yes it says it is degradable, but I think my error is precisely what many people would think.  Deliberately careful wording on their part??
  • It would be great if Gardners World /Monty Don ..... would investigate this issue. Very topical as encouraging gardeners to use less plastics. 🙏
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,504
    I can't see why Rolawn can't use a biodegradable mesh.  Ok, hessian would be too close a weave - but I'm sure something could be developed...  how about this sort of thing:
    https://www.geofabrics.co/products/jute-mesh

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    @KT53 I didn't mean it as correcting you, more making exactly that point - and yes, I am sure their wording is deliberate and careful. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,908
    edited July 2019
    It'll be all about the profit margins, @Liriodendron. If it costs a wee bit more to add a different type of mesh, you can be pretty sure the case for any mesh at all won't be nearly as persuasive. After all, grass roots themselves are a pretty good plant-based, biodegradable mesh, but they take time to develop. And time is money!
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,504
    True, @LG_... more's the pity.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • B3B3 Posts: 15,457
    Can they not make an open mesh out of string or similar? It doesn't have to be a close weave like sacking. Admittedly, it would be more expensive than plastic but if you want to industrialise horticulture, it must come at a cost. The teabagging of plants to facilitate a production line is a similar case.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Why do we need mesh at all? 
    We have managed for hundreds of years with out it.
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