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We don't need plastic pots - they need to be banned!



  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,048
    Can plastic pots not be standardised in shape  and returned to the the growers for reuse?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Sometimes. even though something is cheaper, more practical, more efficient, we should still find ways to work without it, for the sake of the planet - like leaded petrol for example
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,558
    edited September 2018
    B3 - pay attention.  They are made from recycled plastics.  They can be recycled again but the councils need to invest in the equipment to do it.  The UK generally doesn't.  Other countries can and do.   

    My local council is teeny compared to most British ones but all packaging goes in the recycling bag - not just plastic bottles, cans and tetra pak - and we can take plant pots to the recycling centre for separate collection and processing or, if we have no transport, put them in the yellow bag for sorting and processing.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027
    Some very laudable aims on this thread, and yes we can all do something to help, but I am afraid it is just naive to think that tomorrow we could stop using plastic pots.
    In the real world change happens slowly.
    IMO coir pots not a solution to anything: firstly would have to tool up factories to make them, they are much more expensive, they are not robust enough for the plant potting machinery and why would anyone take the risk, when the plastic manufacturers would win.
    Paper and wax pots: very difficult to recycle, can't separate the components, no incentive for anyone to bother.
    At least we are starting to try to find a solution.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • Does nobody want to consider the lifecycle of these so-called alternatives? A plastic pot can be used again and again, coir needs to be remanufactured every use. Using coir over a ten year period is MASSIVELY  worse for this planet than using plastic, for example. 
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,601
    Did anyone read the article in GW saying mastic pots would be easier to recycle in future? Don't have article to hand but thought it seemed encouraging! I re use all my pots many times. I also contribute to a charity that removes rubbish from the oceans. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness! 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,558
    Exactly Debs.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,511
    I was interested to see the article on GW last Friday, when they showed plastic pots being trialled in a different colour to black, which apparently has carbon in it which the recycling machines cannot detect. If this works so that pots can be recycled, that will possibly help to solve the problem. Some plants are already being sold in bright colours so why not all? However the industry is going to use up all its stocks of black pots first so it could take a year or so.
  • I have a mountain of plant pots, which I haved saved and re-use many times. I was tryng to sort them yesterday but it is an infuriating job as there are so many slightly varying designs, even in the same size pots, that it makes them stack unevenly.
    I'm sure we could manage with a few standard sizes in the same design.
    There are ones with tapered sides and ones with straight that won't fit together at all and there are 1/2 and 3/4 pots that fit together closely until you find that one is actually a smaller size and it won't slide out again, or accept another, and any number of different drainage hole arrangements that don't fit each other. Rant over!
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,558
    Yes, inconsistent sizing is a PITA but I did find that the shelving frames from deceased, disrobed mini plastic greenhouses were very useful for sorting and storing.   Haven't any here tho so need a new system.....
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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