The media is warning us of the environmental risk of failing to recycling plastics properly. So could artificial plants actually be endangering our planet? Richard Bickler from Green Envee considers the arguments before and against artificial plants.
There can be no argument against the fact that lush greenery signifies luxury, a comfortable atmosphere, wellbeing and prosperity. It doesn’t matter if it’s inside or outside, people use plants for a lot more than just oxygen and food. But how can we benefit from the intangible benefits of plants in places where plants don’t want to grow?
The answer has to lie in artificial plants. They don’t need water, are not temperature sensitive, are indifferent to low light levels and, can be just as beautiful as living plants. Having said that, I’ve seen some pretty horrible plastic plants in my time.
At Green Envee we’re a bit fussy about our artificial plants. I won’t pretend that they’re the cheapest on the market, but I AM confident of their green credentials.
In Green Envee’s world, there’s nothing done that can’t be undone. Any of our artificial plants, pots, tables or chairs can themselves be recycled when their useful life is over.
Mind you – the average lifespan for artificial plants of this quality is quite lengthy. Everything in Green Envee’s product range is designed to last longer and perform better than their traditional alternatives.
A topical subject in the world of landscaping right now is water. From time to time we experience real problems with water shortages. Even in the UK. Architects, interior designers and landscape professionals are all being encouraged to come up with waterwise alternatives for traditional drainage systems, plumbing and exteriors.
So, on the ground we have permeable paving. On top of buildings there are green roofs. Most develops have SUDS (sustainable urban drainage solutions) and horticulturists are continually seeking and breeding drought tolerant plants.
Green Envee plants are VERY drought tolerant. They don’t need any water at all.
Are artificial plants truly green?
I truly believe that ethically sourced, good quality artificial plants have an advantage over living plants in some circumstances. From a design perspective, it’s vital that the artificial plants are carefully selected for three things: appearance, longevity and easy-care properties. What could be less attractive than plastic imitation box balls that turn blue when they’re left in the sun? And I’m truly saddened when I see what were once beautiful and expensive living plants languishing in shopping centres and offices.
I come from a landscape background which means that I value wellbeing, ambience and visual impact. In my humble opinion, good quality artificial plants can supply those things in abundance with minimal environmental impact.
HTA “Faking It” Seminar
On 20th February 2018 Mark Gregory, Richard Bickler and Jamie Butterworth will be debating the presence of real and artificial products in gardens and if there a place for artificial in today’s modern projects. Book tickets here