When you sell a plant, you sell a plastic pot…the pot is then not your responsibility, so in theory this is when the whole POSIpot concept should come crashing down. But, growers and plant buyers are people who celebrate the environment and dislike the sheer waste that the horticultural industry generates.
POS Changes – Countering the ‘convenience culture’ of plastic.
POSIpot are flat pack, assembled at point of sale. Our staff can now ‘construct and prime’ 8 pots in 1 minute.
The plant must be well rooted, you tip out the plant from the pot in front of the customer – For a grower, no problem.
You will need to write the plant name on the label or directly onto POSIpot if required by customer. Our customers do this themselves.
You will need to develop a internal recycling procedure for your shop or nursery including washing pots.
Your pots will need to correspond with the square POSIpots – Currently these are 1 litre, P9 and veg tray.
POSIpot allows you to show the customer you are taking responsibility for the plastic used to grow the plant.. plus priming the plant with Mycorrhizal fungi will help the plant establish giving them some value added!
Contact us to discuss options and pricing, the benefits for your business are surprising, we also have a range of other processes running at our business which might be of interest to you including our compost ‘bag for life’ scheme and a scoop and save feeds and seeds section.
POSIpot for Plant buyers and Planet lovers
We have called 2019 our ‘plastic year zero‘ and we have taken a narrative that ‘from 2019 it is now illegal to sell single use plastic as a product or packaging‘.
POSIpot is not a pot to grow plants in. It is a compostable transportation sleeve with integrated compostable plant label.
It’s a new way of thinking…what we have to except as growers is that that no alternative container material exists for growing the plant from seed, cutting or bareroot. Plastic is the only option for us as a nursery to do this and by not passing plastic pots on to you (our customers) we are able to reuse our plastic over and over again.
We have tried growing in coir, earth block growing, cow dung pots and wooden pots and they are all unsuitable for commercial use. We will continue to grow the plants in our normal way but when we sell the plant we will remove the plug/plant with root and earth from the pot and prime with Mycorrhizal fungi put it in a POSIpot to be planted (completely) within 1 week of purchase.
Are the new Taupe Pots an answer?
This is a complicated question. Billions of pots are produced each year, black plastic is not recycled. Taupe (neutral coloured, sorted at suitably equipped waste processing plants) pots are being promoted by the big producers and plastic pot manufacturers as a environmentally responsible solution. We say reduce, reuse and then as a last option, recycle. A lot needs to be considered with this new taupe process, very little plastic is actually recycled in the UK, it is generally shipped to the far east and a lot of countries are refusing to take it on environmental grounds. So a lot then goes for incineration. Can we afford not to try something different? Is it better for the pots not to be produced at all just for transportation?
What is the POSIpot made from?
Quite simply it is made from compostable, low grade, UK produced, unbleached recycled cardboard. It has a slight sheen which slows water absorption from the interior which enables plants to sit outside of planting for about a week, but when planted the exterior paper rapidly absorbs moisture allowing it to compost in the soil. Unlike coir even fine roots rapidly break through the POSIpot when planted.
The Mycorrhizal fungi addition is a measure cast into the constructed POSIpot. The wooden label acts as a locking mechanism when the boxes are constructed, these are made from low grade pine and break down to nothing after a year in the soil.
So whats in it for us?
We are a business, we grow edibles like veg plants and herbs. We are also based at a school and any profits from POSIpots are going to be used to help set up a plastic recycling centre on the grounds run by students for the local community. Plastics from all sources will be sorted, shredded and made in to new products. All our waste plastic (broken pots) will be processed within a thrwing distance of our nursery!