Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2018) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. A game of hockey with an element of ‘fun and frolics’ will take place on January 21 at Stratford Leisure Centre, adjacent to The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, from 3pm to raise money for… Read more
JFH Horticultural Supplies Ltd are based in Sandbach and here, sales director Nelson Hutchins discusses the firm’s range of recycled, biodegradable products…
Why are biodegradable products so important to the garden trade?
As an industry I guess we are always looking at sustainability and protecting the environment. Customers are passionate about the ‘green’ vision and saving the environment.
What range of biodegradable products are available at JFH?
We supply a range of closed loop plastic plant pots, organic slug pellets and the complete Root Pouch range, these are planting bags that are manufactured from recycled water bottles and are made into a degradable product too. They will degrade in 4-5 years.
Which are the best-selling biodegradable products?
The Root Pouch is are best seller. It not only ticks the biodegradable box but enhances root growth so the results are superior to a plastic alternative. Along with this the Root Pouch has better water holding capacity so reduces the amount of water required.
Compared to non-biodegradable products, is there a price difference?
Yes all biodegradable products cost more, however this is a short-term view – the sustainability and results that can be achieved through using these products far outweigh the increase in cost.
What is the future of your biodegradable product?
We will continue to sell these lines and we feel the Root Pouch has tremendous potential especially into local authorities.