InsectoNet launch - New plastic-free, biodegradable insect netting
Andermatt Home and Garden have launched InsectoNet, a plastic-free, biodegradable insect net for the garden.
What’s truly remarkable about this insect netting is that it looks and feels like plastic – but is not plastic.
Insect netting is a must for a lot of fruit and vegetable growers to prevent attack from a variety of pests.
However, until now plastic has been considered by many to be the only viable option.
Effective, plastic-free garden netting has been in demand for years as consumers and garden centres seek to discontinue traditional plastic nets.
Made from petroleum, these take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill, are potentially harmful to wildlife once discarded, and leach toxins into the soil.
InsectoNet is made from plants not petroleum, and biodegrades naturally after use.
Made from simple corn starch, a common food ingredient derived from corn kernels, InsectoNet aims to revolutionise the netting industry.
And just because it’s plastic-free doesn’t mean it’s low quality, either.
InsectoNet has been engineered to minimise disruption to light and air passage with high airflow and an extremely high 88% light penetration.
At the same time, its 0.85mm fine mesh size ensures it protects against everything from large birds to the smallest of flies. This includes butterflies, whitefly and aphids.
It also doubles as protection against the elements including mild frosts, heavy rain and wind.
Arriving as a single large piece of fabric 2.1 by 5.0 metres, gardeners can simply cut to the required size or shape with scissors. Due to its high-quality weaved manufacturing process, the edges of the insect net will not fray or unwind if cut.
Because Andermatt Home and Garden are fully committed to sustainability, we’ve made sure it comes in recyclable paper packaging, too.
“Insect netting is a staple for many vegetable growers and so we’re very excited to finally give them a plastic-free option that doesn’t sacrifice on effectiveness,” says Andrew Brown, Managing Director of Andermatt. “Andermatt’s belief is a ‘Healthy Food and Healthy Environment, for All’ and being plastic free, InsectoNet is one of our solutions to help achieve this.”
InsectoNet is available to purchase from the Andermatt Home & Garden website and shortly from other garden retailers.
About Andermatt Home and Garden: Healthy Food and Healthy Environment, for All! Andermatt was started by two Swiss PhD students, Mr and Mrs Andermatt, who believed strongly in biologicals over chemicals. They created the world’s first plant-protecting baculovirus in 1988. Andermatt has been pioneering biological and sustainable controls for gardeners, farmers and beekeepers ever since. The UK subsidiary was set up in 2017, and is nestled at the feet of the South Downs National Park. Although the Andermatt Group has greatly expanded over the past 35 years, it remains employee-owned to retain its strong core values.
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