I first ran across Orta plastic-free self-watering seed pots last Spring at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland, CA. I wanted to review it back then, but what with buying a new home in Maryland, caring for my dad, and then the extreme heat of the Maryland summer, it never happened. So, here I am in Spring 2019 trying again.
Anne Fletcher from Orta sent me a plastic-free, zero-waste seed starting kit to review. The kit came with two sizes of self-watering terracotta seed pots (handmade in Oakland, CA), seed starting mix in a paper sack, a and a few packets of seeds.
If the wrapper around the planters looks like plastic, it’s not. It’s actually a type of naturally-translucent vellum paper.
The kit came surrounded by 100% recyclable cardboard “honeycomb pads,” which protected the terracotta pots just fine.
And the seed starting mix came in plain paper without plastic.
I love that Orta explains its plastic-free packaging … Read the rest
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