When we first started shipping our plants, we tried all kinds of different ways to keep the shipments as plastic-free as possible. That included using scrunched up papers and taping the plant pots to the Inside of the cardboard boxes, amongst other things. It didn’t work. So many of our plants arrived broken and shaken out of their boxes that we had to rethink the packaging. The whole reason for setting up the company was to bring plant love to everyone so killing plants is definitely NOT cool.
We found that the safest way to transport them to you guys was to package them in blister boxes. Luckily, we found some that were made of recycled plastic which, if nothing else, gives the waste plastic another lease of life. That worked wonderfully when the plant fitted the blister pack exactly. Trouble is, when the plant is even slightly smaller than the box, it can still be turned upside-down by a careless postie and get damaged.
We try and keep most plants as dry as possible before shipping (which is why you should always give new plants a drink when they arrive!) but this isn’t always practical so the soil is sometimes wet. This means that stuffing the boxes with paper doesn’t always work.
Now, remember, we dislike plastic as much as you, but we did find a plastic solution.
Scandiscapes HQ is based in an amazing co-working space called the Ministry of Startups which means we share a building with A LOT of (really cool) companies. Companies that often get deliveries. Deliveries that are frequently wrapped in bubble wrap... you see where we’re going with this, right?
For securing the plant inside the box, there really isn’t a better solution (for now!) than bubble wrap but at least you can rest easy that the wrap we use is at least on round two, having been rescued before it got near a landfill. Reuse is definitely better than recycling.
We haven’t given up on trying to reduce the amount of plastic around our plants. Our tame designer spends his weekends playing with cardboard to work out how to keep a plant steady enough for transportation in the postal system. Until he cracks it though, know that the plastic that’s keeping your plants safe in transit is no virgin :)