Our Finofil™ aquatic baskets constitute by far the majority of plastic we use and we are proud to say they have been made from 100% recycled Polypropylene Co-Polymer (PPCP) for over 40 years, long before it became fashionable. As they are black we can use all shades of recycled material. We do not use any virgin material in the production of our pots and trays. If you return trays to us, we will reuse them, any broken trays or pots returned to us will be recycled again. Due to the black pigment many recycling centres will not recycle the pots, however as over 90% of global plastic does not get recycled, we feel it is clearly best to ensure all our pots are made from recycled material rather than using virgin material which may well not be recycled in future.
Our handles are not made using recycled material due to the strength required and the colours. Less than 2% of our pot plastic usage is for the handles and we are looking at ways to use some or all recycled material for these in future.
We spent some time researching the most environmentally friendly bags. The biggest issue remains the lack of clarity on how the end consumer should dispose of the bag. The terminology is not confusing and misleading. If biodegradable and compostable plastic is accidentally put in recycling it will contaminate the plastic and prevent recycling of good plastic. Biodegradable is often worse than normal plastic as when it degrades it may simply break down into smaller & harder to remove plastic that will inevitably land up in the wrong place. Compostable may mean in an industrial composter or home composter but it may not break down in the other system. These bags also cannot be reused as many times or at all. We therefore chose plastic that could be recycled and where possible to use as much recycled material as possible. We recommend you reuse bags where possible and recycle when you cannot reuse. Our plastic bags are:
Lily Grab & Go Bags: Includes 20% recycled material. No 4 logo – Widely kerbside recyclable.
Lily Bags, box liners and other bags: LDPE material. No 4 logo – Widely kerbside recyclable.
Aquatic Fertiliser Pouch: HDPE No 2 logo – widely kerbside recyclable.
Where possible we use cardboard that is predominantly made from recycled material. Recycling does reduce the strength of the box as the fibres are shortened and therefore our cold-water boxes cannot be made of recycled cardboard. However over 80% of cardboard is recycled in the UK, as it saves energy and cost it is widely recycled. The good news is even if it is not recycled it easily composts and degrades and does not pollute the environment. We will continue to use cardboard as our packaging material of choice wherever possible.
Our pond clear for some time has been encased in plastic. As this is put in a pond and left we felt this was not the correct material. After much research we have now found a material that is 100% compostable in the water.
Our new packaging for 2021 is made from a compostable netting & has a recycled cardboard label. The netting will biodegrade in approximately 3 months.