Biodegradable Plant Pots

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Biodegradable Plant Pots
Make your own biodegradable pots with old newspapers. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You don't have to leave damaging ecological footprints when you garden. Biodegradable plant pots break down after you discard them, so you can grow plants without harming the environment.

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Biodegradable pots use natural materials so they can break down and re-enter nature after use. Manufacturers use materials such as bamboo pulp, rice hulls, sugar cane and straw. You can make your own biodegradable plant pot using old newspapers.


Biodegradable plant pots decompose into organic materials such as carbon dioxide and water after you discard them. They also eliminate the need for you to transplant your plants because you can simply place the pot in the soil. This keeps the roots undisturbed and undamaged.

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Old newspapers and a mould such as a rolling pin or a jam jar can be used to make biodegradable pots. Tear strips of newspaper and wrap them around the mould, then use sticky tape, staples or string to maintain the shape.

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