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6 Ways to Win the War on Reducing Plastic in the Garden

Published: 17 May 2019

Single use plastic has hit the headlines recently due to the adverse effect it’s having on our environment and wildlife. We can all aim to recycle more and reduce the amount of single use plastic we use in the garden and in our daily lives. This helps to alleviate or even irradiate the negative effect it is having on our environment.

  1. Reuse, Reuse & Reuse
    Plastic pots purchased from the garden centre are ok to use if they are reused again and again and then recycled once they are cracked. Instead of purchasing brand new seed pots, why not try using yoghurt pots instead which work well as seed pots.
  2. Wooden or plastic planters?
    As we are becoming more plastic conscious, when out buying new planters and troughs for the garden, try and opt for more natural materials from sustainable resources such as wood. Wood, if properly maintained can last for a reasonable amount of time.
  3. Watering cans
    Similarly, when considering purchasing a new watering can for the garden, consider all of the alternatives to plastic ones. A galvanized metal watering can works just as well as a plastic variety.
  4. Refuse Sacks
    Try and avoid using black bin liners to collect garden rubbish in, instead choose green plastic bin liners which are 100% biodegradable and are much better for the environment.
  5. Recycle – alternative seed pots & trays
    Instead of buying new pots and trays, think about alternative seed pots and trays. Microwave meal trays, kitchen roll tubes or toilet roll tubes all work well as either seed trays or seed pots. Some of these are biodegradable, so they can be put into the compost heap when they are finished with.
  6. Compost Bin – select a wooden variety over a plastic one
    Compost bins are available in plastic or wood. When considering purchasing a new compost bin try and look into the wooden varieties. Always ensure the wood is obtained from a sustainable forest.

If you enjoy gardening and are moving to a retirement development soon, ask about whether they have a gardening club, or set one up with a few of the other residents. Check out the retirement properties we have for sale near you.

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