Making gardening greener! Our seaweed plant pots will be locally made, natural alternatives to plastic plant pots for gardening novices and professionals alike.
We will use Cornish seaweed which is full of nutrients, to make the compost-able pots which will benefit plant growth whilst helping reduce the amount of single-use plastic pots. No one else is currently sourcing Cornish seaweed for use in the garden in the form of a plant pot.
Every time you buy a new plant, it comes in a plastic pot. Plant pots are usually made from High Density Polyethylene or Polypropelene and are harder to recycle than the Polyethylene Terephthelate from which plastic drinks bottles are made. There are very few garden pot collection schemes available and local councils don’t readily accept the pots in household recycling.
The biggest reasons people throw away their plastic pots, are because they break and because they have no room to store them all. Most of the 500 million plant pots bought are incinerated or go in landfill every year. Building a natural garden shouldn’t come at an environmental cost...
Plants aren't meant to be encased in plastic. The lack of air from a plastic pot means the root continues to go around in circles. However, if air is sensed the plant will branch out, creating a denser network of roots, making a healthier and more stable plant.
Seaweed is packed full of nutrients, making it one of the best tools for a healthy garden. It’s rich in nutrients, helps keep soil moist and improves aeration. Derivatives from seaweed are being used to make plastic alternatives for water bottles and containers – there’s an opportunity for a plant pot alternative too.
Seaweed has 60 beneficial trace minerals such as nitrogen, potassium and magnesium, as well as hormones that stimulate plant growth. It breaks down readily, nourishes and aids recovery. And unlike other fertilizers such as manure, it doesn’t need to decompose before being a benefit. We will be harnessing this goodness, into a plant pot that benefits the plant directly.
Initially, we will be collecting freshly washed up seaweed that appears on the beach in Cornwall. With any funding I receive, I’ll be developing a variety of prototype plant pots made from seaweed to test for improved plant growth and performance. The pots will be planted straight into the ground, with roots growing into surrounding soil. I want to work with sustainable suppliers and product designers to design, test and engineer and then run our first production line. Any methods used will adhere to the Seaweed Harvesting Code of Conduct.
I have the chance to receive £500 in extra funding and a share of £20,000 of grant funding to start the business. But I need to reach my minimum target to have a chance.
By supporting our cause, you’ll be helping to develop a solution to single-use plastic in the garden. Our ultimate goal is to have our plant pots offered to consumers at garden centre check outs, to have bought plants placed in, so that plastic pots are kept at the garden centre to be reused.
I'm Maddi - I love the outdoors and am always looking at ways to reduce our household plastic consumption. I’m a keen gardener that lives by the sea in Cornwall. I recently took a seaweed foraging session with expert Rachel Lambert, being amazed at the goodness seaweed contains. I wanted to translate this into a product that benefits the garden and reduces plastic waste.
I moved from London to Cornwall over seven years ago. You can see snapshots of our beach life at @saltwaterstories. I’ve established a successful career in brand communications for the past ten years, with senior level roles in public relations, brand management and marketing. My clients have been in the healthcare, wellbeing, tourism and food sectors, including the likes of reusable coffee cup brand rCup and Clean Cornwall.
I want to make a difference, combining my skills and passion to create one type of solution to help reduce plastic waste. I’m tenacious, determined and will try my hardest to make this product idea become a reality. I’m a team player who’s not afraid to take chances and want to work with the right people to achieve my goal.
I really want to make a difference and feel I’ve identified a natural plant pot product to help dilute the accumulation of plastic pollution whilst benefiting plant growth.
It captures the Cornish seascape – granite rock and the green of the sea, where our seaweed lies.
Reward products you can buy include the following. If the project successfully meets its target and you receive your reward, please shout about it on social using #graniteandgreen #seaweedforplants
£10 Reward Plant Pack: Includes hand collected dried Cornish seaweed plant feed to scatter over your soil and a selection of plant seeds i.e. lavender or calendula/pot Marigolds
£12 Plastic Nurdle Seed Head Art - Reward. Available before Christmas! The lovely Michelle at Smartie Lids On The Beach has offered a variety of three of her Nurdle Seed Head art pieces, discounted (usually at £15). She collects the plastic marine debris when beach cleaning, and makes wonderful pieces of art. Nurdles are pre-production plastics that often end up lost in the sea during handling and transporting. Framed in a boxframe measuring 12x12cm. Includes postage.
£23 Plastic Turtle & Seaweed Art - Reward. Available before Christmas! The lovely Michelle at Smartie Lids On The Beach has offered a variety of three of her Plastic Turtle in Seaweed art pieces, discounted (usually at £25). She collects the plastic marine debris when beach cleaning, and makes wonderful pieces of art. Framed in a boxframe measuring 18x18cm. Includes postage.
£20 ECOPOTS Planter Reward: An ECOPOTS planter, made from recycled plastics and materials. Distributed by ashortwalk company in Cornwall. Durable, sturdy, timeless, stylish and with a natural look.
£25 Wild Swimming & Seaweed Foraging: hosted by The Surf Club Cornwall, a surf school run by a professional surfer. We’re offering places on a two hour group wild swimming session with seaweed foraging in Cornwall. Up to 5 people per group. A selection of dates will be set for 2020 dependant on interest. Will include equipment (wetsuits) and is likely to be near to Mawgan Porth beach.
£30 BeePot Mini from Green&Blue: a concrete planter and bee house all in one. Made in Cornwall from cast concrete, using up to 75% waste material from the Cornish China clay industry. 90% of our bee species in the UK are solitary bees, bees who don't produce honey, don't have a queen and don't live in hives, but who are really important pollinators. By putting the Beepot mini in your garden/space you're helping by providing a bee house nesting place for them to continue vital pollination.
£30 Surf lesson - group lesson with The Surf Club. Surf's up! This reward buys you one of five spots on a group surf lesson with The Surf Club Cornwall in Mawgan Porth. The Surf Club specialises in small groups and is run by a professional surfer. The surf lesson will last two hours. Wetsuits and surfboards are included, just bring swimwear and a towel! Valid to use from May to October 2020.
£70 Surf lesson - private lesson for two with The Surf Club. This reward buys you a private surf lesson for two people with The Surf Club Cornwall in Mawgan Porth. The Surf Club specialises in private and small groups and is run by a professional surfer. The surf lesson will last two hours. Wetsuits and surfboards are included, just bring swimwear and a towel! Valid to use from May to October 2020.