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  • Product Bite: Bamboo Plant Markers

    What are Bamboo Plant Markers:  

    new_rpoduct_2019_bamboo_plant_markerHow do you mark a vegetable garden?  Bamboo Plant Markers are a set of three labels that will allow you to mark what you have planted where.

    It is easy to mix up seeds once planted and be left guessing as to how to care for your emerging plants.  These Markers take away the worry when using seed trays, planting in rows or even placing specimen plants.  They have a life span of around 3+ years and are biodegradable and fully home compostable after use.

    What's so special about it?

    The material we make the markers from is its real selling point.   Is bamboo a good material?  Yes it is!  It is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world. It can grow up to four feet in one day and to do so it needs no pesticides and little water compared to other crops.  Our markers are made from sustainable bamboo with natural resin made from rice.  This material is free from petroleum-based plastics and BPA and a great way to help reduce plastic in the garden.

    How do i lable my plants?

    If you are already using plastic plant markers then keep using them until they wears out (or get lost!).   However, if you have muddled up your seeds this year and are womdering 'what can i use for plant markers?' then these are the best choice.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: The markers don't have their own video yet but they are made from the same material as our bamboo pots and seed trays.  You can find out more about it including how to dispose of it after use over on our YouTube channel Bamboo Range

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use New sustainable gardening tools

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Bamboo & Sustainable Gardening

     

  • Product Bites: 5" & 6" biodegradable Bamboo Pots

    What are Bamboo Pots :

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    Bamboo Pots are ordinary pots made out of an extraordinary material. They are made from sustainable bamboo fibre, rice starch and resin made from naturally occurring organic compounds. This material is free from petroleum-based plastics and BPA.

    They last 3 to 5 years and are biodegradable.  So, after use you can dispose of them on their home compost heap.  Composting may take 6-12 months. Breaking the products into small pieces before adding them to your compost heap will help speed up this process.

    They are part of a rangle including 3", 4", 8" pots and saucers as well as Plant markers and a Plant Scoop.

     

    What crop are they for:

    The 5" and 6" can be used wherever you would have previously used a plastic pot.  So, they are suitable potting on or starting off many veg plants.  They are also perfect for small house plants.  And ideal for herbs such as mint so you can have it available there on the kitchen window cill ready for use in cooking.

    Where can I use them:

    They are designed for both indoor and outdoor use.  These soft colours and the finish on pots will look just as good with herbs on a kitchen windowsill as in the greenhouse.

    What's so special about it?

    BAMBOO_POTS_+SAGE_GREEN_CLOSEuP_MANS HANDBamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world.  Some species can grow 91cm in a 24-hour period, a rate of almost 4 cm an hour.  This makes the core material truly sustainable.

    It’s estimated that 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year. The majority are sent to landfill or are incinerated – very little is recycled and there are few facilities to do so. A large amount of fossil fuel is used in the production of plastic pots, and they take around 500 years to decompose.

    Find out more: 

    See it in action: To see it in action head over to our YouTube channel Bamboo Range

    Related Blogs:  Read about it in use Grow at Home: Avocados

    Buy it Now:  See the full range here Bamboo & Sustainable Gardening

     

  • New sustainable gardening tools

    new_prodcut_2019_bamboo_scoopHaxnicks Bamboo Scoop

    A garden scoop is one of the most useful things to have in the garden.  Yet, many gardeners get by without one.  They scoop compost out with a whatever is to hand.  A handy trowel maybe?  It works but as it has no sides it holds very little it makes pot filling much longer than it could be.  The alternative is to pick up the bag of compost and tip it.  Cue compost all over the floor and an aching back at home time!  So, i say even though you can get by without a garden scoop make 2020 the year you treat yourself to a Bamboo Scoop!

    The new Haxnicks Bamboo scoop is made from the same tough material as the Bamboo pots.  If treated nicely (don't leave it down the side of the shed in the rain all winter!) It will last 5 years +.  After use it is fully compostable.  Just break into pieces to speed the process and add to your compost heap.  See exactly how, and learn more about the material in this video. If you have a trusty plastic one then do keep using it until it gives up the ghost. But when it comes to replacing it, the more sustainable Haxnicks Bamboo scoop is the way to go.

    Bamboo Plant Markers

    new_rpoduct_2019_bamboo_plant_markerAnother first from Haxnicks.  The first sustainable Bamboo Plant Markers.  Their purpose needs no explanation but I'd just add they are compostable just like the rest of the Bamboo range and free of BPAs and petroleum based plastics.  And they will help you remember where you planted your carrots. Because, lets face it, although you are 'sure' you will remember - if you are like me, you never will!

     

     

     

  • Bamboo, sustainability and the environment

    Bamboo_pots_on_windowcillHaxnicks and the Environment

    We are using bamboo pots and seed trays as a sustainable alternative to plastic.
    At Haxnicks we care about the environment and the environmental impact of our products. We are keen to do all we can to protect the environment at the same time as bringing new, practical and genuinely useful products to gardeners.

    For many years Haxnicks has specialised in developing plant protection products that help to avoid the use of chemical pesticides.  Pesticides can be harmful to the environment and we hope that this has had some positive effect. We use plastics in many of our products.  However, we avoid the production of ‘single-use’ products.  We are also continually exploring new technologies to find natural and sustainable alternatives.

    Our range of Bamboo Pots and Seed Trays are an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastic pots.  Whilst there are many advantages of using bamboo pots as an alternative, we also need to be aware of any environmental concerns arising from the production of these items as well as the inevitable carbon footprint of production processes and transportation.

    These bamboo pots are part of a journey toward a more sustainable way to garden and whilst they are not perfect they are better than what came before.

    The Current Industry

    It is estimated that 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year.  The majority of these end up in landfill or incinerated.  Very little is recycled and there are few facilities to do so.  production of these petrochemical plastic pots involves a large amount of fossil fuel .  Added to this they take around 500 years to decompose. Meaning that every pot that was ever sent to landfill is currently still there.

    Sustainability of Bamboo

    Much of the bamboo we make our products from is offcuts of the furniture industry so is using up a waste product.

    Bamboo is the largest member of the grass family. It is the fastest growing woody plant in the world growing up to 35 metres tall. New shoots can reach their full height in just eight to ten weeks.  Then reach full maturity in three to five years. The high growth rate of bamboo and the fact that it can grow in diverse climates makes the bamboo plant a sustainable and versatile resource. However, we want to know that our part in the worldwide demand for bamboo does not impact on other native species. We have visited the forests and in the areas where our bamboo grows and have seen no signs of this as yet.

    Harvesting most crops such as timber leaves the soil bare after harvesting. Being a grass, after each cut bamboo regenerates just like a lawn without the need for replanting.  Regular harvesting benefits the health of the plant. Studies have shown that felling canes leads to vigorous re-growth and an increase in the amount of biomass the next year.

    Bamboo grows very densely.  Its clumping nature means a lot grows in a comparatively small area, easing pressure on land use. Average yields for bamboo are around 60 tonnes per hectare whilst for most trees average yields are around 20 tonnes.

    The extensive root system of bamboo and the fact that it is not uprooted during harvesting means bamboo helps preserve soil and prevent soil erosion. The bamboo plant's root system creates an effective watershed, stitching the soil together along fragile river banks, deforested areas and in places prone to mudslides.

    Bamboo minimises CO2 and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. One hectare of bamboo sequesters 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.  While one hectare of young forest only sequesters 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

    Bamboo and water

    Very little bamboo is irrigated.  Bamboo uses water very efficiently which means it is able to handle harsh weather conditions such as the droughts, floods and high temperatures.  These conditions may well become more prevalent as a result of global warming.

    Bamboo grows prolifically without the need for chemical fertilisers and irrigation. It is likely that some bamboo farmers use fertilisers to increase growth.  This practice is much less common with bamboo than with most other crops, and we have not seen this in the areas where we work.

    Our bamboo products come from China, where the bamboo grows.  The finished products move by sea to various countries worldwide. Compared to other transport methods like air, sea has a relatively low carbon impact.  It is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction away from petrochemical plastic pots.  We continue to look at the materials we use and will source locally where practical.

    Child labour

    PRC (China) labour law prohibits the employment of children under the age of 16 yrs. However, evidence points to child labour still in certain industries. The US International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) has investigated Child Labour for 25 years and publish a list of known ongoing occurrences worldwide. In China there are lists containing various industries such as cotton, textiles, Fireworks but not bamboo. Burma is the only country where the ILAB list includes bamboo. We have visited various bamboo plantations in the region where we work.  We have not seen any use of child labour or poor working conditions.

  • Award Winning planet-friendly pots!

    Haxnicks new range of Bamboo Pots and Seed Trays has won Best Garden Care - Accessories Award in the prestigious GLEE Gardening Industry Awards.

    The material used for the pots and trays is sustainable bamboo, rice and natural resin.  The range is BPA free and compostable.  Best of all, using these pots will help you reduce petrochemicals in your greenhouse.  It’s estimated that a staggering 500 million plastic plant pots are sold every year. The majority end up in landfill or in an incinerator.  Very few are  Glee_award_with_bamboo-pots recycled as there are few facilities to do so. Unfortunately, a large amount of fossil fuel is needed to produce plastic pots.  Once produced they take around 500 years to decompose.  Haxnicks Bamboo Pots once broken up in active compost will decompose in 6 to 12 months. Quite a difference!

    GLEE

    GLEE is a trade exhibition for the gardening industry.  500 leading UK and international wholesale garden suppliers exhibit there.  GLEE is where every gardening retailer; big, small, online or on the high-street can source the very best products for you. Its like a gardening Aladdin's cave!

    Damian Cardozo of Haxnicks says.  "The Products that win at GLEE are those that really move the industry forward and offer the gardener what they need.  The appetite is there for sustainable pots so it is the right time for this product.  We are very excited about playing our part in making our gardening more environmentally friendly"

    The Pots and Seed Trays are now available online and in all good Garden Centres and are the perfect choice for the environmentally aware gardener.

    In December 2019 new sizes have been added to the range.  these are the 3 inch, 4inch and 8 inch pots in both Sage Green and Terracotta colour.  This will replace even more plastic in the greenhouse.

     

     

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