Digging into gardening is a great way to live a greener lifestyle. Growing your own organic produce, planting a bee-friendly lawn, and setting aside an area of your garden specifically for wildlife can all make your little corner of the world a little greener. But gardening, like any hobby, requires the purchase of “stuff.” It is easy to accumulate tools andgadgets when there are so many items out there that promise easier gardening, better harvests, and prettier flowers! But for those of us doing our best to lessen our impact, more stuff is counter to our goal. So, what’s a green-minded gardener to do? Of course you can search for used tools at garage sales or thrift stores – but if you must buy new, check out some of these tools made from recycled materials.
TerraCycle, which is well-known for not only offering organic “worm poop” fertilizers, but also for being sued by fertilizer giant Scotts Miracle-Gro for having a similar logo, offers a line of garden tools made from recycled plastic. Their current offerings include flower pots and saucers, watering cans, grow kits, and plant caddies.
Uncommon Goods offers aGrow Bottle, which is an aquaponic planter made from an upcycled wine bottle. This is great for those of us who don’t have much space, but still want to be able to grow some herbs or houseplants.
Flat Tire Decor offers a funky line ofplanters and trugs made from old tires. They add a bit of an urban touch to a garden, and are super durable.
For small-space composters, there are several that are made from recycled plastic. Brands to look for include Bosmere andGarden Gourmet.
Compost caddies, which you use to store your food scraps until you’re able to place them in the compost pile, are also available in eco-friendly versions. Garland offers a compost caddy that is made from 100% recycled plastic.
There are certainly many options out there to help keep your gardening hobby as green as possible, and these products are a good place start.