The Paper Potter is a very simple idea that really works. It’s made in the UK using wood from sustainable forests, and has just two parts – the potter and the base. The potter is 4.5cm in diameter x 11cm tall, and the base is 7cm diameter x 3cm tall. It’s used to recycle newspapers to produce free, biodegradable mini plant pots suitable for starting seeds and potting on seedlings. Gardeners have been making pots this way for years by wrapping newspaper around a glass, but the Paper Potter makes the process really quick and simple. A pot takes just a few seconds to make – a strip of newspaper is wrapped around the potter and the excess folded in over the end which is then pressed into the base to mould the pot. The young plants can be planted out in the pots and the roots grow out through the paper as it rots away in the soil with minimal disturbance to slow their growth.
This is a brilliant little gadget which would make a really good gift for a gardener. Children enjoy using the Paper Potter too, and it would be a useful addition in the school classroom for projects on gardening or recycling.