Got Nature in the Bag

January 31, 2010 by

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Spotted recently at the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris, the clever and very au courant Bacsac flexible container system really piqued my interest. Constructed of double-walled polypropylene canvas, a “geotextile” fabric, they are lightweight yet strong, impervious to frost and sun, won’t tear and are 100% recyclable.  As the Bacsacs come folded flat, they are flexible and portable–great for city dwellers–hey, you can even take your plants away with you for the weekend.

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Landscaper Louis de Fleurieu (aptly named) and designers Godefroy de Virieu and Virgile Desurmont’s system is perfect for urbanites whose spaces restrict them from planting in heavier containers. The over-the-balcony model slips over the railing:

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The fabric containers are permeable, reducing soil erosion and making it similar to planting in the ground.

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At the moment, the product is not yet available in the US, but please let me know of your interest as I’m looking into it.

15 Comments »

  1. Megan said:

    Interesting. An easy way to create a raised bed without power tools.

    — January 31, 2010 @ 22:53

  2. Barbara said:

    First reaction – I like this! A promising line for many reasons – weight on roofs, balconies, etc. and ideal for renters. Are there drainage holes?? What is recommended as a soil mix and drainage materials? If there are no drainage holes, I’d pass on recommending to clients and market as a koi holding area (pond work or medical reasons).

    — February 1, 2010 @ 08:09

  3. Christina Salwitz said:

    This is fantastic!! I just taught a Small Space Gardening Class over the weekend and I wish I would have known about this product line. It could do booming business here in the NW. I wish it was available to be at our Northwest Flower and Garden Show this week, the booth would be swamped with attention.
    Thanks,
    Christina Salwitz
    The Personal Garden Coach

    — February 2, 2010 @ 13:14

  4. Robin said:

    Barbara–re the draining holes–the containers are made of a permeable material so the manufacturer says the water drains naturally out the bottom. To those who have enquired, I am looking into the availability in the US and also into offering them for sale on my site. Do you think that would be a good idea?

    — February 5, 2010 @ 15:34

  5. Garden Beet said:

    I like these a lot but keep thinking they need to do them in other colours!!!!

    — February 7, 2010 @ 02:41

  6. sara k. said:

    I’d definitely be interesting in purchasing these—especially if you can get them to a reasonable price point. I’ve been looking into other plantable bags that are on the market. These are more attractive, but possibly more expensive.

    — March 7, 2010 @ 14:08

  7. Roberta P. said:

    These are great! I would definitely purchase when available in L.A.
    I have clay soil where I live and I use containers & pots.
    Other colors would be cool too!!!

    — November 10, 2010 @ 02:47

  8. Christine Sine said:

    I really like this idea and design. Gardener’s Supply does have some similar “bag gardens” available in the US. I used them last year and was very please with them. They are not as decorative as these ones though

    — November 10, 2010 @ 12:08

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  11. Karin said:

    These products are great! You can find them now at http://www.loopeedesign.com. Please come and check us out!

    — December 15, 2010 @ 13:03

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    Very clever! So these arenâ??t shoes, but rather pots that look like them?

    — August 17, 2012 @ 02:47

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