While you might assume that the terms gardening and green are inextricably linked, it can actually be fairly tricky to find gardening equipment that is truly environmentally friendly. While recyclable and biodegradable planters should be at the top of everyone’s gardening supply list, they are often overshadowed by more traditional terracotta and ceramic pottery pieces. Thankfully, there are a few creative gems out there that make your house plants both beautiful and sustainable. Here are six of our picks for the most creative eco-friendly planters and pots.
Growth origami pots
While traditional planters and pots work well for small indoor plants, larger and quickly growing varieties need regular attention and frequent repotting. Growth origami pots, made by artists at Studio Ayaskan in London, solve this problem by expanding, or “growing”, with the plants they house. These clever pots are ultra modern, super chic, and architecturally intriguing. Best of all, they are made from polypropylene and can therefore be recycled after use (although who’d want to throw something this beautiful away?).
Plastic bottle planters
As far as recyclable materials go, plastic bottles are one of the most versatile. Housing your indoor plants in bottles is a clever way of reusing your old bottles and is perfect for families, environmentalists, and anyone interested in watching the growing process. Plastic bottle planters are a super simple home DIY project that even kids can complete. Once you’ve chosen your seeds and soil, place your plastic bottle planter on a windowsill or hang multiple bottles vertically for an instant hanging garden.
DIY recycled newspaper planters
Newspaper accounts for a large percentage of our daily recyclable waste, and it’s likely that most of us have at least one or two stacks of old papers scattered around the house. If you’re looking for a creative way to start seeds for your indoor plants, make use of those old papers and make your own newspaper planter. Creativity is key here, so any number of folding tricks will accomplish the same goal. If you’re struggling to get your pot to stick together, try wrapping it around a tin can or jar during assembly. Newspaper decomposes naturally in the ground, so transplanting your seedlings is straightforward and simple.
For many eco-friendly homeowners out there, something is only green if it can be returned to the earth. Coir, made from the outer husk fiber of coconuts, is a fairly common natural gardening alternative. Coir fiber is 100% natural, biodegradable, malleable, and attractive. Gardening stores and websites sell coir gardening products in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs, so you will have no trouble finding something that will work for your house plants.
Mini cork succulents
Planter creativity is taken to another level with this ingenious and adorable way of growing succulents: in corks. If you, like many others out there, have a rather large stash of corks taking up space in your kitchen, there couldn’t be a cuter solution to your oversupply problem. All you need to complete this DIY planter project is a cork, a knife, some soil, and succulent clippings (the steps are pretty self-explanatory). Add a magnetic strip to your cork for an instant fridge magnet and a pop of green in your kitchen.
Recycled, upcycled, reclaimed, reused—however you want to put it, container planters are non-traditional and definitely eco-friendly. Choose anything from a recycled Mason jar to an old rain boot to create instant character for your household plants while also upgrading your green status. We particularly love the juxtaposition of old things and new life in gardening, so we think that the older and grubbier the container, the better.
Article Written by Kaitlin Krull from Modernize