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Cultivate your garden using some of pebble's favourite sustainable gardening brands.

Romally Coverdale

Mon 28 Mar 2022

pebble's favourites are the go-to essentials for gardening that are also sustainable and long lasting.

Whether you are growing inside or outside, kickstart your gardening with these sustainable brands!

At pebble, all of our products are independently recommended by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission which goes to help run our publication.

5 of the Best Brands to Help You Kickstart Your Vegetable Patch

Elho

Elho

A variety of plant pots made from more than 10 million kilograms of recycled waste, made with long lasting colours, UV protection and frost resistance.

Bulldog Tools

Bulldog Tools

Essential gardening tools for all varieties and methods of gardening.

Haws watering cans

Haws

The world’s oldest manufacturer of watering cans, partnered with Treesisters and 1% For The Planet (just like pebble!), their social and environmental impact is overwhelmingly positive.

Burgon and Ball

Burgon & Ball

Multiple collections of gardening tools, as well as gardening accessories and homewares for pets, children, and books. Partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Ocean Plastic Pots

Ocean Plastic Pots

Award-winning Ocean Plastic Pots are made from 100% recycled plastic, preventing plastic pollution of the seas and land.

1. Elho

B Corp Elho’s ambition is to build a greener and better future, for both planet and people. They strongly believe that if nature flourishes, so will we.

They create a variety of plant pots made from recycled plastic using only green energy - this also means all their products are recyclable.

More than 10 million kilograms of waste is recycled into these beautiful designer pots, made with long lasting colours, UV protection and frost resistance.

Elho helps people bring nature back into their daily lives with innovative plant pots letting people grow whether it be from your balcony or allotment.

From self-watering inserts, to rainwater collectors, Elho provides its customers with innovative products that make growing easier and more sustainable no matter your space.

Beyond the pots, they also support the environment by looking after 1.8 million bees.

At an affordable price, Elho provides an easy sustainable alternative to standard plant pots.

pebble’s verdict:

Pros: 100% renewable energy | uses waste | inside and outside | keeps bees

Cons: No mention of charity work

From £1.19, see Elho


Buy from Elho

2. Bulldog Tools

The well-established Bulldog Tools provides essential gardening tools for all varieties and methods of gardening.

Whether you are gardening from home, or more commercially these professional tools offer a lifetime guarantee.


All of Bulldog Tools are made out of one piece of steel, meaning no weak points. They are also made out of sustainable timber, from trees grown across Europe and the USA.

Their ash handles are hand turned and covered in a protective coat to prevent weathering.

One of the durable essentials is the Standard Digging Spade, available in both Plastic 'D' shape and T-shaped, suitable for a lifetime of digging!

pebble’s verdict

Pros: lifelong guarantee | sustainably made | for both professional and standard use

Cons: no mention of charity work or donations

From £7.00, see Bulldog Tools

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3. Haws watering cans

Haws is the world’s oldest manufacturer of watering cans.

Made with longevity in mind, they offer fashionable watering cans for both indoor and outdoor use.

Partnered with Treesisters and 1% For The Planet (just like pebble!), their social and environmental impact is overwhelmingly positive.

Moreover, they are committed to protecting and restoring natural landscapes.

By partnering with the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, The Woodland Trust, they are helping to support rewilding the planet.

watering plants with copper watering can indoors

Haws offers free wildflower seeds with every order, to help promote local biodiversity for every customer.

At every turn they minimise their environmental impact. The watering cans are packaged in 100% recycled cardboard boxes and fully compostable bags to prevent damage.

Likewise, all the paper used throughout the factory is 100% recycled. They pledge to plant 1 million trees by 2025.

With respect to craftsmanship, they are very transparent about their traditional processes. All of their watering cans are made in their workshop in the West Midlands.

pebble’s verdict

Pros: Charity work | clear future plans | longlasting | recyclable packaging

Cons: no mention of where the materials are sourced

From £1.99, see Haws

Buy from Haws

4. Burgon & Ball

Working in Sheffield since 1730, Burgon & Ball have a long history of garden tool making.

Burgon & Ball have multiple collections of gardening tools, as well as gardening accessories and homewares where customers can find items for pets, children, and books.

Partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society, all the RHS-endorsed ranges some with either a lifetime guarantee, or a ten-year guarantee (mainly for cutting tools).

Spade and pitchfork in garden leaning against hedge

During manufacturing, Burgon & Ball go the extra mile when welding their stainless steel tools, ensuring that the welded area is actually stronger than the surrounding metal instead of being a weak point.

If manning a garden in spring, it may be wise to use Burgon & Ball's RHS Endorsed Long Handled Bulb Planter, greatly reducing the effort needed for normally tiring and dirty work.

Or, if gardening and pruning inside, there are a wide variety of cutting tools to keep foliage and flowers beautiful and strong.

With a wide variety of products, Burgon & Ball offer products for all types of gardeners, whether it be for a profession or indoor houseplants.

pebble’s verdict

Pros: long lasting | wide variety of products | specialised products

Cons: no mention of charity work | no mention of sustainability

From £1.99, see Burgon & Ball

Buy from Burgon & Ball Close up of man holding a recycled ocean plastic plant pot

5. Ocean Plastic Pots

Award-winning Ocean Plastic Pots are made from 100% recycled plastic, preventing plastic pollution of the seas and land.

Founded by a deep sea diver after his experience of salvaging a ship full of waste plastic and ghost fishing nets, Ocean Plastic Pots has sustainability at its core.

Designed in Glasgow, and made in Scotland, by shopping at Ocean Plastic Pots, customers are protecting local marine life and ridding the seas of waste plastic.

For more info read out interview with Ocean Plastic Pots.

A blue Ocean Plastic Pot against black background

On average, eight million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. By creating a circular economy, Ocean Plastic Pots helps prevent plastic pollution.

Coming in beautiful colours, the plant pots themselves are water resistant, don’t chip or suffer from frost thaw, and can be used either inside or outside.

Ocean Plastic Pots are also heavily involved with the charity Ghost Fishing UK, a charity dedicated to removing abandoned and discarded fishing gear.

pebble’s verdict

Pros: directly fighting against plastic pollution | affordable | saves CO2 | charity work

Cons: no mention of green energy | sizes capped at 13cm

From £15, see Ocean Plastic Pots

Buy from Ocean Plastic Pots

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