POTR Pots: Self-watering, origami plant pots designed to have the “smallest carbon footprint possible”

Two Scottish entrepreneurs have created self-watering, origami plant pots designed to have the “smallest carbon footprint possible during shipping”.  

POTR Pots, which are made from recycled plastic, are flat-packed plant pots designed to self-water your plants. The origami design allows for easy assembly with one pull of a cotton cord, transforming the flat pattern into a pot capable of holding water at its base.

After adding water, the cord can be placed with one end in the reservoir and the other into the soil – allowing the plant to draw up moisture when it needs it. The semi-transparent design makes it easy to see when water is running low.

POTR Pots significantly reduce their environmental impact during shipping when compared with traditional plant pots given that the flat-pack design means the expandable plant pots can be sent in an envelope.

The sustainable plant pots were created by engineers Andrew Flynn and Martin Keane who met while studying in Glasgow. The pair bonded over their love of plants and their desire to create something with as little impact on the planet as possible.

The pots are primarily made of recycled polypropylene which would otherwise end up in landfill.

The project launched via a KickStarter campaign last month with the goal of raising £600. A hugely popular campaign, nearly 1,000 backers helped raise more than £25,000 for the project.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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