Tuesday 28 October 2014

Upcycle in the Garden - Planters and Containers

What does an old worn out boot, used plastic water bottles and worn out tyres have in common?

They can all be used as planters and containers in your garden.

Yes! We are not joking. Upcycle is the new recycle. Upcycling is when you take old items that you don't use anymore and converting them into something useful and beautiful.

At Lucky Group we have the most advanced environmental policy in the Middle East and we actively encourage upcycling materials before discarding them.

Here are a few ways in which you can upcycle used household items to make beautiful planters and containers in your home garden.

Old boots have an aura of mystery about them and plants and flower growing out of old boots only magnifies that aura. Put a little dam soil in an old boot you haven’t used in a while and insert a delicate sapling in the soil and keep an eye out as the wonder emerges.

Old plastic bottles have never looked so beautiful as they do with green foliage sprouting out of them. Cut a portion from the side of a used plastic bottle and plan some goodness in there. Then nail it on the wall. Ten points for the environment, we say.


Tyres really cannot be used for anything else once they are worn out. Except maybe for looking really pretty in the garden! Stack two tyres on top of one another and use them as traditional planters. They can be used for growing shrubs or herbs. Coat them with paint for an extra level of prettiness.


There is another way you can use tyres as planters. Nail them on a wall, drill some holes at the bottom for drainage, fill with potting soil and plant some blooms. See how a plain old wall becomes a wall of blooming art.

Recently Lucky Group was invited to participate as a recycling partner to the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) for its annual Can Collection Drive in October, 2014. We are very proud to share that we will be part of this drive.

If you have used upcycled items in your garden let us know how in the comments and we would love to add them to the list.