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Recycled Plastic Plant Pots: the sustainable choice

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Recycled plastic planters are common in homes, gardens, and patios worldwide. Plastic planters have many benefits, such as being robust, light, attractive, and affordable. However, traditional plastic pots are made from virgin plastics manufactured at great expense to our natural environment.


We knew there had to be a better way to make planters and decided to do something about it. We have created recycled pots and products made from abandoned fishing nets. They are a much more sustainable choice for your garden and the planet.



Recycled Plastic Plant Pots made from recycled fishing nets with succulent plant
Recycled Plastic Plant Pots made from recycled fishing nets

Recycled plastic plant pots are a great alternative to traditional plastic pots. They are made from recycled plastic, reducing the waste sent to landfills. Recycled plastic plant pots are just as durable and stylish as traditional plastic pots. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional virgin plastic plant pots.


At Ecotribo, we go further. A life cycle assessment was conducted on recycled fishing nets materials. It was found that using recycled fishing nets instead of virgin plastics can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This reduction can be up to 5.7 times.


Producing recycled plastic requires less energy and resources than producing virgin materials. Our Ecotribo process has reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This is because we no longer use pelletising, a process that requires a lot of energy.


Here are some of the benefits of using our recycled plastic plant pots:

  • Protect wildlife: Our recycled plastic plant pots are made from ghost nets. These ghost nets wash up on our shores in the United Kingdom.

  • 10% to ocean-based charities: Each purchase is direct environmental action which you can see via our Action page. You can see where the nets were found, by whom, and what local wildlife is protected. We also donate 10% of profits to marine conservation charities to continue their good work.

  • Reduces waste: Recycled plastic plant pots help to reduce waste by reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfill. The ghost net fishing waste material we use ensures the materials are not left on our local beaches.

  • Conserves natural resources: Making recycled plastic plant pots requires significantly less energy and natural resources than making traditional plastic pots.

  • More durable: Recycled plastic planters are just as durable as traditional plastic pots, if not more. Our fishing nets' materials are solid used for fishing nets, robust, and made to last at sea.

  • Better for the environment: Recycled plastic plant pots are made from waste that usually ends up in landfills or is burnt, causing CO2 emissions.

  • Reduced waste: Ecotribo Materials are made from recycled abandoned fishing nets found on our beaches, reducing waste sent to landfills and protecting wildlife.

  • Conservation of natural resources: Ecotribo Materials require less energy and resources than virgin plastics, helping to conserve natural resources such as oil and gas.

  • Less expensive: They are often less expensive than traditional plastic pots and can be recycled at the end of their life.

Recycled plastic plant pots are also a great way to up-cycle old materials and give them a new lease on life, so if you are a nature lover, what's better than bringing new life back?

Recycled plastic plant pots are a great way to upcycle old materials and give them a new lease on life. What's better than bringing new life back if you are a nature lover? Recycled plastic pots are a great option if you want to green your garden and save money.


Many types of recycled plastic planters are available, so you can find one that fits your style and budget. We hope you choose ours.

  • Local garden centers: Many local garden centers sell recycled plastic plant pots.

  • Online retailers: Several online retailers sell recycled plastic plant pots; check out the Ecotribo shop here.

  • DIY: You can also make recycled plastic plant pots from old plastic bottles, yogurt cups, and milk cartons. Check out how we started and make your recycled plant pot if you fancy getting creative.

No matter where you buy your recycled plastic plant pots, you can be sure that you positively impact the environment.


Here are some tips for caring for your recycled plastic plant pots:

  • Clean your plant pots regularly: To keep them looking their best, clean them regularly with a mild soap and water solution.

  • Avoid direct sunlight: Direct sunlight can cause recycled plastic plant pots to fade and become brittle.

  • Store your plant pots in a cool, dry place: When you are not using them, store them in a cool, dry place to protect them from the elements.


With proper care, your recycled plastic plant pots will last many years. Please do yourself a favour and the planet and grow joy in our home with a recycled plastic plant pot.


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