Biodegradable containers: an innovative step towards sustainability6 September 2023
At Mobilane, innovation is deeply rooted in the company’s DNA. Since the founding of its parent company, Darthuizer Group, innovation has always been one of its main pillars. In 1998, Darthuizer Group took a revolutionary step with the introduction of the ‘cocopot’. This fully degradable and eco-friendly plant container marked a turning point in the world of gardening and sustainability. Darthuizer Group was among the first of who replaced plastic containers with biodegradable containers. This move was part of their vision: making the world greener for a sustainable future.
Although sustainability was starting to gain momentum at the time, the market was not yet fully convinced of the benefits of biodegradable containers. But over the years, the biodegradable container has continued to evolve and has now become a standard choice for Mobilane’s Green Screens.
Biodegradability as the main principle
Mobilane’s biodegradable containers are made from natural materials such as plant fibres, wood chips and coconut shells. These materials can be broken down by microorganisms in the soil, reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the environment. This forms an important contribution to reducing plastic pollution.
Healthy roots through free growth
Perhaps the biggest advantage of biodegradable containers is that they can be planted directly into the ground. This minimises transplant shock and root disruption, allowing plants to grow and thrive freely. Over time, the container will break down on its own, allowing the plant’s roots to spread unhindered, promoting overall growth. They also introduce valuable nutrients into the soil, improving soil health.
Made of natural materials
Coconut and latex, both derived from nature, are a valuable source of materials. With a wide range of uses, the materials can provide great benefits.
Coconut fibres provide natural drainage and air circulation, ideal for potting soil and as a growing medium. They allow plants to maintain healthy roots and protect against waterlogging. Natural latex is biodegradable which is positive for the environment.
In short, biodegradable containers offer benefits including:
1. Being biodegradable
2. Minimises root disturbance and grows freely
3. Natural drainage and air circulation
4. Positive resilience and moisture retention
5. Improves soil health