Phytophthora ramorum is an incurable plant disease affecting woodlands across the globe. In the United Kingdom, affected trees and those nearby are traditionally felled and burned to prevent further spread.

Through mushroom technology, Potium uses this infected tree waste material to form biodegradable plant pots for widespread commercial use. Larch in Scotland is particularly susceptible and there is a large management zone established in the region to limit the spread.

By developing a waste management facility in this affected zone, local jobs are created and high levels of waste material are diverted from incineration to a valuable source. The plant pots themselves could serve as an alternative to plastic single use nursery pots as they biodegrade easily adding nutrients back into the soil. 

Potium won the prestigious Student Design Awards for the brief ‘A New Leaf’

John Makepeace Award £1,000

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