|Tuesday Products: StrawPots|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 10 January 2012|
A product came across my desk yesterday that I thought was worth mentioning. Weíve talked about eco-friendly, green, plastic-free planting pots before-- CowPots and EcoForms--and now thereís the StrawPot, a patent pending eco-friendly planting pot made from rice straw with a small amount of coconut fiber or coir derived from coconut husks mixed in. Available in a several standard shapes and sizes, a natural latex adhesive is used to enable the pot to maintain its shape.
What makes the StrawPot sustainable? A couple of things, first of course is that itís not made from plastic, a petroleum based product and non-renewable resource. Instead, itís made with a by-product (rice straw) of rice harvesting that would normally be disposed of by burning thereby releasing pollutants into the atmosphere. Another reason is that the pots, when placed in the ground, decompose into organic matter within 3 to 6 months and allow roots to easily break free of the StrawPot. While above ground they will take much longer to decompose.
StrawPots are ideal for plant growers specializing in annuals and for home gardeners who want to get a head start on vegetables seedlings, need temporary homes for just divided perennials, or have perennial seedlings waiting to be transplanted.
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