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Eco-Haven™ is a completely new range of biodegradable, but highly durable, tree guards, shrub shelters and vine sleeves.

Eco-Haven™ Biodegradable Tree Guards, Shrub Shelters & Vine Sleeves

Eco-Haven™ is a completely new range of biodegradable, but highly durable, tree guards, shrub shelters and vine sleeves.

Made from a GM free plant based biopolymer, which is fully biodegradable in-situ, Eco-Haven™ offers the highest environmental credentials and the most sustainable solution, with a significantly lower carbon footprint than competing products.

Furthermore, the unique, copyright protected, interlocking modular design is also extremely versatile, practical and easy to use.

Plant Based Biopolymer

Eco-Haven™ has been specifically developed to offer the highest environmental credentials, and is made from a special plant based biopolymer derived from sugarcane.

Crucially this means that Eco-Haven does not contain unsustainable conventional plastics, obtained from fossil fuels, that can pollute the environment.

Sustainable Solution

The sugarcane used is GM free and a renewable and sustainable crop that is responsibly grown on degraded land, with a robust code of practice to protect the environment and workers.

At each stage of the manufacturing process emphasis is placed on minimising the impact on the environment with waste by-products such as pulp, ash and plant liquids being reused as fertiliser and to create renewable energy.

Carbon Negative/Climate Positive

The sugarcane actively captures CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, while at the same time releasing oxygen, making this material not just green, but proactively green.

With it’s efficient design, Eco-Haven goes beyond being carbon neutral, removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than emitted from field to delivery to end user.

From field to your door every 1 tonne of Eco-Haven guards removes over 2 tonnes of CO2, and for an area of land equivalent to Wembley pitch (105 x 68m) nearly 2 tonnes of Eco-Haven™ biopolymer is produced from each sugarcane harvest.

Fully Biodegradable In-Situ

Left in the field our Eco-Haven shelters, like any other organic material, slowly decompose biologically through the combined action of micro organisms (bacteria and fungi), temperature and humidity, breaking down into nutrient rich compost to leave no future hazards for wildlife and maintenance, without the need to remove and commercially compost them.

Beware some products that claim to be “biodegradable” are only biodegradable based on industrial composting standards, which do not reflect natural conditions. Eco-Haven has been tested to ASTM D5988, which simulates field conditions, and ASTM D5511, which simulates landfill conditions, for more realistic results.

Resistant to Herbicides and Pesticides

Eco-Haven shelters are non-toxic and resistant to herbicides and pesticides.

Highly Durable and Robust

Made from a unique tough and durable thick biopolymer sheet, Eco-Haven™ shelters have an unrivalled UV and biodegradable life expectancy of 5 to 7 years.

The tough solid sheet better resists abrasion against the post, and the tubular form is far more crush resistant than square shelters.

Aesthetically Pleasing

The subtle matt brown colour of Eco-Haven™ has been chosen to blend well with surrounding landscape.

Enhanced Growing Environment

The unique modular enclosures insulate vulnerable saplings from temperature extremes and increases air moisture retention, resulting in less water stress and better drought tolerance.

The shelters also help protect against damage caused by air blown sand and herbicide treatments.

The brown tint finish is not only pleasing to the eye but provides shade from intense sunlight and enhances growth.

Visible light can be split into a spectrum of colours. Green leaves absorb light from the red and blue fraction to drive photosynthesis. The shiny interior and brown colour helps reflect and focus the red and blue fractions, concentrating this photosynthetic energy to enhance plant growth.

Improved Ventilation

Carefully spaced ventilation flaps can be adjusted to increase air flow and control the climate, helping acclimatise young trees before they emerge from the shelter.

The vents have been designed to circulate airflow while still protecting against grazing and minimising the risk of accidental herbicide penetration.

Low Abrasion

The top edge incorporates folding flaps to reduce the risk of abrasion damage to the emerging saplings.

While the smooth surface minimises the risk of leading shoots snagging and bending as they develop inside the tube, as well as discouraging the shelters from being used as rubbing posts by wildlife.

Easy to Handle, Assemble and Use

Eco-Haven™ is supplied as flat sheets that are significantly more compact and easier to handle than pre-formed tubes, with a clever design that ensures planting and maintenance is simple and swift.

The novel design is quick and easy to assemble with the versatility to either wrap the shelter around delicate saplings before fastening, or you can pre-assemble the tube and slide over the young tree. While the interlocking tab system and integrated post ties avoid the need for nylon ties.

The tubes can also be quickly re-opened at any time making it easy to remove them for inspection and to replace loses, or to relocate them.

Versatile Stacking Modular System

The innovative, interlocking, modular construction provides the freedom to create 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180cm high tubes, from just two tube heights, to protect against browsing, fraying and bark stripping from a wide variety of animals such as rabbits, deer and livestock.

An inventive interlocking system links the tubes to avoid displacement and breaches.

Eco-Haven™ Tree Guards Shrub Shelters
Material Biodegradable bio-polymer derived from GM free sugarcane
Carbon Negative
Field to Door
Yes
Biodegradable to ASTM D5988-18 Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials in Soil - for in-situ field conditions Yes
Biodegradable to ASTM D5511-18 Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions - for landfill conditions Yes
Colour Brown
UV Stabilised Yes
Features Flat pack self assembly tube incoporating locking tabs, intergrated cable ties and ventilation slots
Diameter 10cm 15cm
Standard Heights 60 and 90cm
Interlocked Heights 120cm (2 x 60cm)
150cm (1 x 60cm + 1 x 90cm)
180cm (2 x 90cm)

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Features/Benefits

  • Plant Based Biopolymer
  • Sustainable Solution
  • Carbon Negative/Climate Positive
  • Fully Biodegradable In-Situ
  • Resistant to Herbicides and Pesticides
  • Highly Durable and Robust
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Enhanced Growing Environment
  • Improved Ventilation
  • Low Abrasion
  • Easy to Handle, Assemble and Use
  • Versatile Stacking Modular System

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