This planter contains a young tree or a plant and is made entirely from renewable bioplastics. After planting the tree with the Bioplastic Planter, the planter will protect the tree from falling over, but will also start to slowly biodegrade in the soil. This way the planter will return to nature completely, feeding the tree at the same time.
The handles on the planter make transporting and planting the tree really convenient. The long neck doesn't just protect the tree from falling over, but also from being damaged by animals. While the roots of the tree find their way through the ground, the tree literally feeds on the Bioplastic Planter.
Since we create enormous amounts of waste every year and because we're running out of oil, the Bioplastic Planter is a way to replace plastics with renewable plastics, making use of their biodegradable properties. (Photography Astrid Zuidema)
Bioplastic Planters on show in Li Edelkoort's Post Fossil exhibition in Tokio, 21_21 Design Sight Gallery.
A close-up of a Bioplastic Planter.
A slide from Bas van der Veer's presentation about the Bioplastic Planters as given at the Design Yatra conference, Mumbai.
The Making Of: Here Bas is working on the basic shape of a mold for the Bioplastic Planter.
A layer of bioplastic sheet material is thermoformed over the mold to create a planter.
Production of the planters. The planters are composed of two mirrored parts that are sealed together later on. To fit different sizes of trees, the Bioplastic Planter was designed in 9 different sizes.