Biodegradable plant pots that are stylish and planet-friendly
Steer clear of plastic plant pots and opt for these sustainable planters made from recycled materials instead. Many are compostable too, and super cute to boot!
Deck out your home and indoor garden with these super stylish, eco-friendly houseplant pots. There is a huge choice of green, ethical plant pots on the market these days, from totally biodegradable, compostable pots that won't leave a footprint, to recycled designs made from repurposed fishing nets and sustainable, natural materials, like bamboo and husk.
We break down 10 of our favourites...
Eco plant pots 2023
Biodegradable plant pots
When you hear the phrase 'biodegradable plant pots' you might conjure up images of simple brown, hessian designs, but thanks to developments in technology and a growing focus on renewable materials, you can now find plenty of stylish, colourful biodegradable products, just like these vibrant planters from The Crafty Planter.
These pots are made from PLA filament, a vegetable/plant-based material that is waterproof, shatterproof, non-toxic and completely biodegradable.
We love the arty, boho style of this paper plant pot cover. It's made entirely from recyclable kraft paper, so it can be popped in your recycling once it comes to the end of its life. It should last you a long time though, as the paper is tough - just make sure to pop a drip tray under your plant pot inside the cover, to stop any water from leaking out.
You can choose from three minimalist shades: carbon black (pictured), snow white and mist pale grey.
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Bamboo plant pots
As any gardener will know, you can never have too many practical, everyday-use plant pots. Normally, these are plastic pots, that you can use for growing herbs, repotting houseplants and flowers, and popping inside of larger, more decorative planters.
These colourful plant pots from Abel and Cole are even better than typical plastic plant pots; one, because they're made from recycled bamboo, and two, because they're pretty enough to have out on show as they are! They would be ideal for a sunny windowsill full of herbs, or as a pop of colour inside a more neutral style indoor planter.
Haxnicks is another great choice when it comes to practical eco plant pots. This all-purpose plant pot, which comes in a set of five, is made from sustainable bamboo fibre and rice starch - entirely biodegradable and compostable.
It's a must for eco-savvy gardeners.
What's the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
Biodegradable materials will break down naturally into harmless compounds (but it may take a while depending on the materials)
Compostable materials are a form of biodegradation, but they require certain conditions to break down properly (e.g. a compost bin). Composting also creates rich nutrients that are important for healthy soil and plant growth
Husk plant pots
Agricultural by-products, such as coffee, seed and nut husks, are other examples of reusable materials that would otherwise be burnt and wasted.
This plant pot is handmade from nut husk and non-toxic formaldehyde-free resin. Husk pots often have this distinctive grainy finish, which looks lovely alongside textural houseplants.
UK brand Husk use a combination of coffee husks, bamboo powder, nut husk, chaff, straw and non-toxic resin to create stylish and sustainable planters for the home and garden.
This statement, lime-green design is perfect for small succulents and cacti or for a fresh pot of herbs. It also comes in blush, olive, white and grey shades.
Recycled plastic pots
As well as naturally-made plant pots, they are a growing number of brands repurposing wasted materials to create new, useful products. Take the brand Ocean Plastic Pots for example, who use plastic washed up on the beaches of Scotland, as well as discarded ropes and fishing nets, to make beautiful, recycled (and recyclable) plant pots.
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The pots are designed in Glasgow and made in Scotland, and in 2021 they won the first Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award at the RHS Flower Show.
This particular pot, with its striking blue marble design, is made from old navy blue ropes, and can be used either inside or out.
We love this peach-coloured plant pot, also from Ocean Plastic Pots. This design is made using discarded white rope and it comes with a handy matching saucer to catch liquid when watering.
Belgian brand Ecopots use recycled plastic and recycled natural stone to create durable and attractive plant pots for use indoors or out. Their Amsterdam Plant Pot (pictured) is made from recycled milk bottles and crushed stone powder, giving it a timeless, rustic finish.
Recycled by-products pots
This striking, and rather retro-looking, set of plant pots are made from a mixture of natural hydraulic lime, recycled crushed oyster shells and recycled by-products from iron making (who would've thought that'd make a stylish plant pot, huh?).
Each pot is handmade and totally unique - like most recycled products, each design is slightly different - making it all the more special.
Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.