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The Moment:
“Let’s make pesticide-free garden plants the norm”

The Moment:
“Let’s make pesticide-free garden plants the norm”

Words: Anne-Marie Hoeve

Video: Tim Arnold

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When does someone become a changemaker? In this video series, 5 zooms in on ‘The Moment’ we decide to step up and shape a more sustainable future in whatever way we can. In this episode we meet Suzanne van Straaten – on a mission to green our cities with organic garden plants.

“I had no green thumbs at all,” says Suzanne van Straaten.

That didn’t stop her starting Sprinklr, a business specialising in organic garden plants. Why organic garden plants? Because what not many people know is that many plants sold at garden centres are laced with pesticides – even those labelled ‘pollinator-friendly’. So instead of boosting soil biodiversity and helping bees, butterflies and other insects, you’re actually harming the very ecosystem you want to help. 

Find out about the moment Suzanne van Straaten realised that the best way to regreen the city was to roll up her sleeves and help people get their hands dirty – planting sustainable garden plants.

Making gardens truly green

Based in the Netherlands, Sprinklr provides organic plants, mini fruit forest kits, as well as plenty of tips on keeping your garden green, full of life, and pesticide-free. If there are no organic suppliers near you, try growing your own plants from untreated seeds. Or ask your garden centre to source from sustainable growers.

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