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How Recycled Plant Pots are Revolutionizing Sustainable Gardening in the Fight Against Ocean Plastic Pollution

Take action to cultivate positivity in your home and garden while contributing to a healthier planet.

According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum, 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. This fact highlights the alarming rate of plastic pollution in our oceans and the urgent need for solutions to address this growing environmental crisis.

As gardeners and plant lovers, we are deeply connected to the earth and know our responsibility to do all we can to nurture all that sustains us. At Ecotribo, we are proud of our unique and environmentally conscious ocean plastic plant pots and how they help people and the planet. Every purchase helps clean local beaches of beach plastics and supports local coastal charities.

Plant pots made from recycled ghost nets help promote sustainable gardening.

Individuals can support sustainable gardening practices and contribute to environmental conservation efforts by using recycled plant pots made from ocean plastics. These plant pots provide a tangible way for consumers to reduce their plastic footprint and positively impact the planet while enjoying the benefits of gardening.

Ecotribo plant pots are manufactured from recycled fishing nets and ropes found on local beaches. These highly durable and robust materials are designed to last in demanding sea conditions. The plastic used is of the highest quality and perfect for our durable products.

Recycled plant pots from ocean plastics exemplify innovative solutions to address plastic pollution and promote sustainability in everyday products. By closing the loop on plastic waste and creating value from discarded materials, these plant pots and products with purpose demonstrate the potential for circular economy principles to drive positive change in the fight against ocean plastic pollution.

Aqua Colour Ecotribo Ocean Plastic Plant Pot
Recycled Ocean Plastic Plant Pots- Aqua Plant Pot colour

Mustard Yellow Ocean Plastic Plant Pot
Recycled Ocean Plastic Plant Pots- Mustard Yellow colour

You can implement various sustainable solutions in your home and garden to help our planet.

By embracing creativity, technology, collaboration, and systemic change, we can develop and implement solutions that help our planet, prevent plastic pollution at its source, protect marine ecosystems, safeguard human health, and preserve the planet for future generations. All whilst making our homes beautiful with gorgeous, unique planters.

We are excited by the vast array of old and new technologies that can be used to tackle the environmental crisis. We remain positive and in action, highlighting these technologies, raising awareness, and working with NGOs and charities. 

Eco-anxiety is rife, and with significant challenges all around, it can be hard to remain positive. However, many solutions, from renewable energy to the circular economy, can be the change we need to see. Check out a few sustainable solutions below that excite us.

  1. Renewable Energy: Innovations in solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power.

  2. Energy Storage: Advanced batteries, hydrogen cells, and compressed air storage.

  3. Smart Grids: Enhance energy efficiency and integrate renewables.

  4. Carbon Capture: Capture CO2 emissions and utilize captured carbon.

  5. Circular Economy: Design for reuse and recycling, implement advanced recycling.

  6. Precision Agriculture: Optimize farming with drones, sensors, and data analytics.

  7. Green Transportation: Promote EVs, hydrogen vehicles, and alternative fuels.

  8. Nature-Based Solutions: Afforestation, wetland restoration, permaculture and sustainable land management.

  9. Climate Modeling: Improve climate predictions for better decision-making.

  10. Green Buildings: Use energy-efficient materials and smart building systems.

Implementing these technologies can help combat the environmental crisis effectively.

Ecotribo is focused on recycling ocean plastics and the circular economy.

As surfers, beach lovers, and sailors, we have always had a passion for the ocean and a deep desire to prevent ocean plastic from washing up on our beaches and harming wildlife. With over 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans yearly, the urgency to find sustainable solutions has never been greater. Plastic pollution threatens marine life and ecosystems and risks human health and our planet's future. We focused our creative energy on this challenge through good design and recycling technologies.

Our recycled plant pots and products made from ocean plastics offer a proactive approach to tackling this issue. By repurposing ocean-bound plastics into functional and eco-friendly products, we can help mitigate the environmental impact of plastic pollution while promoting sustainable practices. These innovative solutions address the urgent need for waste reduction and inspire positive change towards a cleaner and healthier planet for future generations.

Why we should use ocean plastics to make plant pots and garden furniture

Plastic pollution has devastating effects on marine life and ecosystems. We fundamentally believe that virgin plastic should be stopped at the source and that we should use eco-friendly, sustainably grown materials and bioplastics that can degrade safely in nature.

We only use waste plastics found in our wild spaces and recycle the materials into long-lasting products to protect wildlife and prevent the waste from breaking down further or ending up in landfills. We don't use new or 'virgin' plastic in any of our products, and we believe the responsible thing to do is to use the waste we already have and create the circular economy we need to foster to ensure humanity and the planet thrive.

The effects of plastic pollution on our planet

Economic Impact:

Plastic pollution can harm industries reliant on clean oceans, such as fishing, tourism, and coastal communities. Cleanup efforts also incur significant costs, further burdening economies.

These detrimental effects highlight the urgent need to address plastic pollution and implement sustainable solutions to protect marine life and ecosystems. Recycling ocean plastics into practical products, such as plant pots and garden furniture, is one step towards mitigating this global environmental crisis.

Entanglement and Ingestion:

Marine animals, such as turtles, seabirds, and mammals, often become entangled in plastic debris or mistake it for food. This entanglement can lead to injuries, suffocation, and even death.


Plastics in the ocean can leach harmful chemicals, such as BPA and phthalates, into the water, posing health risks to marine organisms. These toxins can disrupt hormone levels, impair reproduction, and weaken immune systems.

Habitat Destruction:

Plastic waste can smother coral reefs, seagrass beds, and other marine habitats, disrupting ecosystems and reducing biodiversity. It can also alter the physical structure of habitats, making them less suitable for marine aquatic life.


Plastics can absorb and accumulate toxic pollutants from the surrounding water, becoming increasingly contaminated. When marine animals ingest plastic particles, they consume these pollutants, leading to bioaccumulation up the food chain and potentially harming predators, including humans.

Ocean Acidification:

Plastic pollution indirectly worsens ocean acidification as plastic waste degrades into smaller particles in the ocean. These microplastics release carbon-based molecules and absorb pollutants, altering seawater chemistry. This process can disrupt marine ecosystems, impairing the ability of organisms like phytoplankton and shell-forming creatures to sequester carbon. While plastic pollution doesn't directly cause ocean acidification, its interaction with marine environments exacerbates it.

Innovative solutions for tackling ocean plastic pollution.

Innovative solutions are essential to address the global ocean plastic pollution issue effectively. We need systemic changes in consumer behaviour, government intervention, industry practices, policy frameworks, and new material and product developments. 

Introducing Recycled Plant Pots made from Ocean Plastics:

Recycled plant pots made from ocean plastics embody the principles of circular economy and sustainability by repurposing plastic waste collected from the oceans into functional and eco-friendly gardening containers. 

Our Ecotribo Ocean Plastics are made from plastic waste collected from UK beaches and processed locally in the UK. Recycling and processing locally ensures that no recycled plastic pellets are shipped to or from other countries for manufacturing. We have all witnessed the harmful impact of plastic nurdles washing up on beaches. We are dedicated to producing pellets from local waste rather than importing materials or shipping them overseas for manufacturing. Our products are made from local waste and produced locally to protect our natural spaces for future generations.

Additionally, using recycled ocean plastics in manufacturing requires less energy and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than new plastics from fossil fuels. Recycled plastics can provide a CO2 reduction of up to 96% compared to virgin plastics! Recycled ocean plastic offers environmental benefits over virgin plastic, leading to CO2 reductions through:

Energy Savings: Less energy is needed to produce recycled plastic than virgin plastic, lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Emissions Reduction: Recycling prevents the need for new plastic production, reducing energy-intensive processes associated with CO2 emissions.

Circular Economy: Using recycled plastic promotes a circular economy, conserving resources and minimising waste.

Here's how our recycled ocean plastic concept works:

Collection of Ocean Plastics:

Ocean plastics are gathered from coastal areas, beaches, and marine environments through cleanup efforts or waste management initiatives. These plastics threaten aquatic life and ecosystems but can be retrieved and recycled into valuable materials.

Processing and Recycling:

The collected ocean plastics are sorted, cleaned, and processed to remove contaminants and prepare them for recycling. Advanced recycling technologies are employed to break the plastics into reusable raw materials, such as pellets or shreds.

Manufacturing of Plant Pots:

The ocean plastics we collect with our partners are recycled into plant pots and other products through a manufacturing process that utilizes injection moulding techniques. Depending on the desired design and specifications, recycled plastics can be moulded into various shapes, sizes, and colours to create durable and aesthetically pleasing plant pots and ocean plastic products.

We collect, separate, clean, and process a variety of plastics with unique qualities that suit particular products. For instance, some plastics, like PP, are more flexible than harder HDPE. We separate the materials into plastic types to ensure they respond best to their intended function.

Eco-Friendly Features:

Recycled plant pots made from ocean plastics offer several eco-friendly features. They help reduce the demand for virgin plastics, divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans, and conserve natural resources. Fundamentally, we remove this plastic waste from natural areas, keeping wildlife safe. Kerbside plastics in urban areas are currently handled easily by councils, but few companies or councils take on beach plastics and recycle them. If picked up, they are usually incinerated or dumped in a landfill. 

We aim to safeguard wildlife and their habitats by retrieving and recycling ghost nets and ocean plastics that wash ashore.

Sustainable gardening ideas:

There are many ways you can contribute to solving our environmental challenges. Get creative with DIY projects or upcycle items from around your home to create unique planters. To minimise environmental impact, ensure proper drainage and practice water conservation techniques, such as mulching and rainwater harvesting.

Embrace organic gardening practices and educate others about the benefits of sustainable gardening. Together, we can positively impact the environment while enjoying the beauty of our homes and gardens.

By incorporating our recycled plant pots into your sustainable gardening routine, you choose an eco-friendly plant pot option crafted from recycled materials on local beaches. Every purchase you make supports local makers, charities, and organisations working in this important area of our fight to protect and heal our planet.  

Incorporating recycled ocean plastic plant pots into gardening practices supports environmental stewardship and encourages responsible consumption habits, positively impacting the planet.

Please join the "ocean plastic revolution" by choosing eco-friendly gardening solutions manufactured from recycled plastics. 


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