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Sustainable plastic use and the plastic lobby.

Its been exciting times for us, the peak of the season has passed and we have the time now to head out to growers and suppliers and shout about POSIpots. We never expected a instant rush to switch, its going to be a real tough one to challenge the structures that many growers have spent years developing within a very tough industry. Our motivation is to see POSIpot thrive as a business, why not! The best thing for me personally is seeing stacks of cleaned pots we don’t need to purchase next year, our accountant is pleased because we can put through our final big pot purchase as a capital expenditure. You can run a business on environmentally sound principles and make money.

I spoke to Friends of the Earth recently about another project we are starting at Edibleculture called Treecover. I spoke about disruptive products/concepts, the idea that pot manufacturers may have to make less pots, compost companies ditching peat and plastic, garden products like feed or seeds being sold by weight.. it is a challenge to those who have profited for decades from the convenience of plastics. They are a wealthy and organised lobby.. they will fight like hell to keep market share..

I still believe the only way to really change the industry is by legislation or punitive taxing. In the same way insulation or electric vehicles are supported green products should also attract lower vat, single use plastic needs to be so heavily taxed so its almost like tobacco.. the addiction of convenience needs to stopped and allowing companies, trade ‘charities’ and trade associations to self police wont truly address the issue. Like ridiculous taupe pots or claiming biodegradability of packaging the reality of what they promise is as wasteful and stupid as our plastics recycling system.

We are at the start of climate collapse and nature collapse is accelerating… nothing much is changing because the self regulating market is like a super tanker trying to turn.. when up in front is the jutting rocks of all our realities. We are heading off to 4 oaks this year (a big horticultural trade fair) and I hope we get challenged like mad.

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POSIpot Press Release

POSIpot will save over 300 million plant pots and labels being wasted every year in the UK.

POSIpot© is a simple solution to stem the tide of the 100’s of millions of single use plastic pots (and labels) being sold with plants every year. The huge majority of which end up being incinerated, sent to landfill or exported across the world to be ‘recycled’.. all simply to transport a plant from shop to garden to be planted.

The plant is transferred from plastic to POSIpot when the plant is purchased taking the same time as a normal plant sale.

POSIpots revolutionary concept re-positions plastic as an industry tool allowing growers to re-use plastic pots again and again, resulting in millions of plastic pots not being made in the first place. Also, this means plant buyers don’t have to dispose of pots or store them for years and years in sheds or greenhouses!

Edibleculture have designed and manufactured POSIpot after years of experimentation. This year, the 2 owners David Ware and Chris Williams set an ambitious goal… we said that this year is our plastic year zero and we have taken a stand that ‘from 2019 it is now illegal to sell single use plastic as a product or for packaging‘ . The first garden centre/nursery to do this in the UK.

We are a small company with big ideas, we started the first compost ‘bag for life’ scheme in the UK – saving 1000’s of single use bags in the first year of running. Our innovative and empowering approach is quickly being seen as the sustainable future of retail horticultural and we have attracted media interest from prestigious programmes like BBC gardener’s world.

Edibleculture is situated in the heart of the Abbey school, Faversham. The school has the ambitious aim to build a plastic sorting facility to take plastic pots, sort and wash and make in to new products. At the moment 3D printing filament is being made from all our broken pots.

A proportion of all POSIpot sales will directly go to funding this project and we hope that other nurseries and garden centres using POSIpots will send broken pots to us soon!

We have a range of photographs taken by our professional photographer available. Also, professionally written articles are available if required. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

We would welcome visits; we have full facilities including parking and food and drink. Faversham is 1 hour from London on HS1 and we are a 5 minutes’ walk from the station.

01795 537662

Edibleculture Ltd

The Horticulture Unit, The Abbey School

London Rd (A2)

Faversham, Kent ME13 8RZ


Please contact us for more info –

David Ware – 07926 961056

Chris Williams – 07826264689

Shop number – 01795 537662