If you are an avid plant cultivator, you likely also care about the environment and your effect on it. One big environmental issue facing mankind right now is plastic. Plastic items such as water bottles, containers and plant pots are not biodegradable and will end up sitting in landfills or the ocean for thousands of years. To be eco-friendly is to use products that are easily biodegradable, recycled or naturally part of nature. There are many pots on the market that are eco-friendly.
What is eco-friendly?Eco-friendly is a term that seems pretty vague. If you were to ask 100 people to tell you how they would describe eco-friendly, you would get many varied answers. The general consensus would probably sound something like, any product or packaging that doesn’t harm the earth.
What is biodegradable?When a product is biodegradable, it means that the product is able to be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. These types of products are better for the environment as they won’t sit in a landfill for the rest of time, and the bacteria that decompose it can recycle the material back into the food web.
Top 10 Eco Friendly Plant PotsThese are in no particular order; they are just some of the best ways to provide good pots for your plants while not harming the Earth.
1. Wally Eco Wall Planter
The Wally Eco Wall Planter is a great option to have a small, sleek, eco-friendly planter that looks great on any wall. We sell these on our website in a variety of colors from brick red to olive green and everything in between. Made from 100% recycled milk jugs (HDPE) BPA Free, it provides some environmental respite through the recycling of milk jugs. Coming in at 1.1 pound and with dimensions of 8”x 11.75”x 8”, this planter won’t take up too much wall space, while still adding beauty to your room. Get more than one and create your own living wall!
2. Loop Hanging Planter
The Loop Hanging Planter is another wall pot that we offer at www.soltechsolutions.com that gives a different aesthetic to the Wally Eco Wall Planter. The hanging part of the pot gives a more natural feel, while the color palettes can appease the eye in any room. It has 360º drainage that will keep your plant healthy. It is very easy to install and very versatile with the cord type and color. Just likely the Wally Eco Planter, the Loop Hanging Planter is made from 100% recycled milk jugs. Standing at 6.5”x6”, it is another smaller option that will fit nearly anywhere.
3. POTEY Terracotta Indoor Planter
Potey Terracotta Planter via PoteyA terracotta pot is another simple yet beautiful planter that is an eco-friendly way to grow plants. With colors that match that of nature, nothing will look better together than a luscious green plant and this terracotta pot. Being made of clay, this pot is eco-friendly while offering quality drainage and breathability for your plants.
4. LIVINO Grow Bags
Livino Grow Bag via amazonThis grow bag is non-woven and made of recycled material. It allows excess water to drain efficiently while also preventing heat buildup. They are reusable while still offering good support and breathability for your plants. They are 8” tall and 6” in diameter so they do not take up a large area while holding your plants.
5. Ollvia Handmade Hanging Baskets
Ollvia Hanging Basket via amazonThese hanging baskets are made of natural seagrasses. The top basket is 6” tall and 8” wide and the lower basket is 6” tall and 10” wide. Once installed and hanging from each other, the total length is 41” so this option is definitely the most space intrusive on this list. Similar to the Soltech Loop Hanging planter, these baskets offer a different look to an indoor plant garden. It provides more room for plants on areas such as tables or the ground as it hangs on the wall, allowing you to cultivate an even larger indoor garden.
6. Zoutog Concrete Flower Pot
Zoutog Concrete Pot via amazonThese cement pots are a great way to add a little extra design to your indoor garden. Only being 4” tall and 4” in diameter, they provide a nice small place to allow smaller plants to live. The grey color adds a little bit of natural ambiance as it feels like your plants are in and around rocks. Concrete is an eco-friendly product as it is made with natural materials and produces minimal waste.
7. Maui Mike’s Soft Pots
Maui Mike’s Soft Pots via Maui Mike’sThese bags are produced from recycled water bottles. They are 12” tall and 12” wide and can fit a large variety of plants. They are able to keep plants insulated, so they can be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Like the Livino grow bag, these are reusable, meaning you can grow multiple plants over a long period of time.
8. Round Tapered All-Natural Lace Basket
Kazi Round Tapered Basket via Made TradeThis basket is handcrafted in Ghana by artisans in association with Kazi. Kazi was founded to help talented artisans in Africa unable to find markets for their unique products. This basket is a great piece to add to your indoor garden. It is made from elephant grass and is 12” wide and 8” tall. It is capable of holding a variety of medium to larger plants while being eco-friendly in construction.
9. Viva Terra Wine Barrel Planter
Viva Terra Wine Barrel Planter via Viva TerraA wine barrel may not have been your first thought when thinking of plant pot, but this repurposed wine barrel is just that. Coming in at 18” tall and 28” across in diameter, this planter has lots of room for plants. A hole has been cut into the bottom to allow for drainage to serve as a weather-proof planter. It has been built from repurposed oak wood barrels. This larger pot is a good was to have variety in the pot shape and size in your garden.
10. Do it yourself (DIY)
A DIY Clay Whale PotThis may seem like a cop out for a top 10 list, but it is a good option to have. Instead of going out and buying or ordering one online, why not make a clay pot at home? This way you can design the pot how you want, while feeling a sense of accomplishment that your own hands created the very pot your plants now live in. If you wanted a bigger pot with a specific design on it, you could do that with this DIY method. With this method, the results are endless. You could create a whale, as is seen in the picture above, or you can let your imagination run wild. That is the beauty of DIY, it is all up to you. Of course, you will have to take into consideration of the price of clay and everything else, but to some, doing it yourself may allow for a better sense of accomplishment than if it was delivered to your doorstep.