Why are Designer Garden Pots Sustainable?
Garden pots can be said to be eco friendly if making them didn’t cause pollution and if they last a long time. Sustainability experts consider garden pots to be sustainable if they are made from some natural substance that breaks down in around 5 years. But how is that sustainable? If you are going to spend money for something like a designer garden pot that you adore the shape and colour of, it needs to last longer than that. And most do because that is what they are designed to do.
No landfill destination for designer pots
Designer garden pots are not going to find their way into landfill for a very long time. And when they do they will begin to break down just like any rock does, over time – if they were made of concrete to start with. Pots that break down quickly are all very well if they are to replace those ugly black plastic pots that find their way to landfill as soon as the plant in them has been planted out into the garden.
But pots for the balcony are not like that. They are going to be used for the life of the plant and beyond, because plants often die, so you could easily be planting several different plants in your designer pots over their lifetime. In fact, they should actually last as long as you do – or longer.
Designer pots are like pets
Designer garden pots are a special breed of pot that will be adored and cherished by their owner for many long years. They will make their owner happy just by looking beautiful and holding the plant that is put into them. You could almost think of them as pets, seeing they have to be fed and watered – at least, the plant in them does, so it’s almost the same thing.
Then you have to wash and wipe them down and you may want to move them to a better position, so you really have to care for your pots rather like you would a pet. You really don’t want to see them starting to degrade in 5 years.
Are they ethically sourced?
Another way to tell if designer pots are sustainable or environmentally friendly is if they were ethically sourced both in the materials used and their creation. That means that the environment was not harmed when they were made and the makers were given a fair wage for their work. If you purchase designer pots you can usually find out if this is the case because it will be stated on the website from which you buy them.
Knowing that they are ethically sourced gives you peace of mind that you did your bit to keep things fair and to help some part of the environment, even if it is thousands of kilometres away.