NEW! Eco garden care products you have to try

We’ve been busy working on lots of exciting new developments for the ecofective® brand, including 6 new products that we are proud to bring to the market, all with unique qualities, all child and pet safe and kinder for the planet than conventional chemical products.

POWER TO THE PLANTS

Defence for plants is one of the most important considerations when nurturing growth in your garden. Now with an innovative new product you can promote a natural immunity within a plant to protect itself. ecofective® Plant Disease Defence is a pesticide free child & pet safe ready to use spray that contains natural extracts specifically derived from fungi. When sprayed onto leaves it is known to elicit the plants natural immune response. This builds the plant’s resistance to common garden diseases. It is also has a refill concentrate 200ml option so you can save throwing away the original bottle and reuse it.

Slugs are a common pest that often make holes in plant leaves and can kill young seedlings. ecofective® Slug Defence Plant Spray is a pesticide free child & pet safe ready to use spray that contains nutrients to enhance and promote plant growth. When sprayed onto plants it gives the plant an ability to withstand slugs or snails whilst ensuring they are all unharmed and that natural predators such as hedgehogs, amphibians and birds are safe to feed in your garden. The Slug Defence Spray also has a refill concentrate bottle to help you save waste.

ECO CLEANING

The cleaning boom is upon us, especially with the threat of the COVID 19 pandemic. It has never been more important to sanitise surfaces and keep loved ones protected from any bacteria.

ecofective® Anti-Bacterial Multi-Purpose Outdoor Sanitiser is a natural sanitiser, which helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.  It is none-hazardous and kills 99.999% of bacteria. It cleans and sanitises outdoor surfaces including furniture, door handles, children’s play equipment and BBQ’s. Its formula is child and pet safe, meaning it can be used in the garden without the worry of exposing harmful chemicals to loved ones.

Our recent market research showed that 88% see the garden as an extra room of the house. As a result of this ‘outdoor living’ trend it has become more important for the garden to look clean and tidy. ecofective® Natural Path, Patio & Decking Cleaner Concentrate is a natural anti-bacterial cleaner which cleans and disinfects outdoor hard surfaces including path, patio, decking and artificial grass areas. The product when diluted will clean away dirt, grime and algae, and will also sanitise areas, killing 99.999% of bacteria. As people look for simple cleaning solutions that take little effort to use in the garden, this is an ideal product for effective cleaning for your outdoor room!

JOIN THE HOUSEPLANT REVOLUTION

The last 2 years has seen unseen rises in houseplant sales, with major health benefits linked to having indoor plants in the home with many trendy options that look great and supplement interior designs.

ecofective® Houseplant Pour & Feed is a ready to use organic pesticide free feed that requires no mixing. Produced from a blend of child and pet safe natural ingredients, sugars, amino proteins and phosphate, this feed helps houseplants grow stronger and healthier, giving great results sooner. A balanced feed, it is suitable for most potted plants grown indoors.

Common houseplant problems include the appearance of bugs that are often very harmful to the plant. ecofective® Houseplant Bug Control is a ready to use pesticide free spray for use on edible and ornamental indoor plants. This spray controls a wide range of pest species including Whitefly, Aphid, Red Spider Mites, Mealybug, Scale and Psyllid. Due to the physical mode of action these pests will not become resistant to the application. It also protects against powdery mildew by washing off the spores and foliar feeds on applying.

No matter where you grow your plants you can rest assured that ecofective have the solution for that is pesticide free and safer for all the family, good for garden wildlife if growing outside and kinder to the planet. If you have any questions regarding our new ecofective® products, please get in touch by filling in our contact form and we will get back to you ASAP.

Reduce waste with ecofective® refills

With the world facing a tough battle against reducing plastic waste, particularly with single used plastics, here at ecofective® we wanted to do our bit for the planet and come up with a solution to reduce the volume of plastic discarded after use.

DEVELOPING THE SOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the summer (2020) we embarked on a voyage of discovery, conducting a virtual market research study into gardening habits with a willing group of gardeners who grow plants and produce in their gardens at home. It was from the results of this study it became apparent that now was the time to launch a waste reducing solution for using ecofective® products. We learned that over 85% of hobby gardeners looked to avoid using single use plastics and the same percentage were willing to use a refill packaging option to save waste if it was available.

These findings backed up development that had started earlier in 2020 within our product team for a 200ml refill bottle of concentrate that could be used to top-up the original ecofective® ready to use bottles once empty. This became the solution everyone needed, and we are now proud to launch ecofective® refills.

REDUCE WASTE AND REUSE

You can now reduce waste and reuse ecofective® original bottles with our ecofective® 200ml refill concentrate option, which is a concentrated formula that can be used to create a new ready to use formula in your existing ecofective® bottle. We have made these super easy to use, simply add the 200ml refill into the original bottle, top up with water and it’s ready to use again. This saves the need of throwing the larger bottle away. Instead, the 200ml recyclable bottle can be recycled, creating less impact to the recycling process and ultimately less waste for the planet.

VIEW THE RANGE

All our best-selling spray bottles and feed options now have a refill option, which is due to save thousands of discarded ecofective® bottles each year. The refill options can be seen below, feel free to click on a product and have a browse.

By continuing to innovate and develop the ecofective® range we strive to deliver products that are safer for the family, good for garden wildlife such as butterflies, hedgehogs and bees and be kinder to the planet.

 

ecofective is greener than ever

GREENER PRODUCTS. GREENER PACKAGING

We set on a journey to review our whole product range and identify how we could make a green brand, be more environmentally friendly.

Our product range is environmentally friendly and made in the UK, saving carbon footprint, so our packaging was the obvious area for improvement with some elements previously being made from plastic materials not widely accepted in the recycling process. With some development within our technical department, it was identified that all our plastic bottles could be made from recycled polypropylene. As well, we worked hard to source materials for our bottles and triggers so that they could also be recycled after use.

This means that for the 2021 ecofective range, we can proudly say that our bottles are made from 100% recycled material and the whole bottle, including the sprayer, can be recycled.

REDUCING SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

As we were also concerned about the increased usage of single-use plastics we wanted to go one step further by adding a new waste saving concept. From market research we conducted in July 2020, we identified that over 85% of gardeners looked to avoid using single use plastics and the same percentage are willing to use a refill packaging option to save waste.  This research backed up our own thoughts on introducing a concentrated refill bottle option into the ecofective range. This new addition to our range can be used to top up the original ecofective ready to use bottles which means instead of recycling larger bottles, only the 200ml bottles will be sent to the recycling bin. To find out more information on our brand new ecofective eco refill range, please click here.

UPDATED PACKAGING DESIGN

To cap off these exciting developments we have also updated the look and feel of our packaging. We have developed a new vibrant, more consistent design detailing a clear ‘CHILD AND PET SAFE’ leading message. The base of the design includes a different colour per product type and throughout is a two-tone green combination, confirming that ecofective is now greener than ever!

OUR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

In growing sales of ecofective®, we’re:

Reducing nasty chemicals – Our formulas are pesticide free, meaning we contribute to a cleaner planet.

Helping conservation – Our products are better for garden wildlife, so we support the eco system and the vital species of wildlife that are so important to the earth.

Reducing waste – We are using recycled materials wherever possible and make sure as much of our packaging is widely recycled. We also now offering refillable solutions to reduce single use plastic.

Reducing emissions – By producing products in the UK, we reduce the carbon footprint drastically in our supply chain.

 

 

Don’t they grow so fast

This weekend we’ve been busy planting. It’s been so much fun, (and let’s face it somewhat hectic), sowing seeds and planting flowers with the girls. We’ve learnt about what plants need to grow, how important different plants are in our ecosystem and most importantly we got our hands dirty in the process.

PEAS

First of all, we planted some pea seeds. We thought this would be a great place to start as we could talk about how the vegetables that we eat come to be on our plate. Plus, what better time to be looking at growing our own ingredients from the garden. We decided to plant the pea seeds in a pot as we don’t have loads of ground space in our garden. We planted the seeds about 3cm under the compost and approx. 5-10cm apart to give the plants plenty of space to grow. We staked the pot with canes to support early growth and watered it well. We will keep the plants well-watered and fed throughout the growing season. This is particularly important for pot grown crops as they can’t get any water or nutrients from the ground. If the weather forecasts frost, we plan to move the pot inside our conservatory. The girls also added some Ecofective Slug Defence on the top of the compost – the slugs and snails won’t crawl over the gritty texture and eat our beloved crops.

FLOWERS

For more instant results we got creative with some pansies and violas. We planted some in the ground and also made our very own hanging basket. With help the girls used a spade to dig holes in the soil and then lifted the plants from their pots and placed them in the holes. They then made sure they were well secure by patting the base of the plants, ensuring they were well covered in soil. They then watered the plants – this was their favourite part, in fact the whole garden was well watered on Sunday.

We also planted some wildflowers and sunflowers to encourage bees and butterflies into our garden. We scattered the wildflower seeds over trays of compost, then pushed the seeds into the soil and watered. These will be kept indoors until the weather warms up. To finish off we drew pictures of the insects we hope to see when our flowers start blooming.

We finally planted sunflower seeds in pots and will be watching these grow over the coming weeks. We don’t have a greenhouse so covered the pots with a cloche using plastic bottles. These activities took up lots of time this weekend and meant the girls had plenty of fresh air which was great.

 

Oh, and before I forget, the baby practiced her walking skills whilst the other 2 were busy gardening 🙂

The sweet smell of early risers

Hello my name is Lydia and I work here at ecofective. Like most people, I’ve been shocked and saddened by the recent COVID-19 news and as our country goes into lockdown and our amazing NHS work hard to fight this disease, I’ve been wondering how I can make the most of spending time with my family whilst we stay at home.

I have three very beautiful, very young and very strong willed little girls. Keeping them well entertained from dusk till dawn (and I really do mean dusk) is going to be key in our family, but Spring has come at a perfect time. We’re going to spend as much time as we can in the garden. I confess my husband is the gardener in this household but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. I love pottering around, playing with the kids and making the most of the warmer days (usually with a gin in my hand). So whilst I enjoy spending more time with my tribe I’m going to try and document some of the activities we do in the hope it may help other families who are looking for simple ways to keep kids entertained in their gardens.

Today was all about perfume, a fun activity I remember doing with my own grandparents many years ago. I can’t promise your kids will come out smelling like Chanel No.5 but I can assure you they’ll be really proud of their creations. We went around and picked some pretty flowers in the garden. We chose our favourite coloured flowers, ones that had fun shapes and ones that made us smile. We also cut some lavender leaves for the smell but any hard storked herb would work.

Once our bowl was full I poured boiling hot water over the contents and left it in a safe place for an hour (leave longer for a stronger smell).

Then the kids decorated their own perfume bottles. There’s a strong rainbow theme going around at the moment to encourage us to ‘Stay at Home’ so we thought rainbow stickers would be fun. This is where the kids can get really creative and adventurous.

Then it was time to decant the scent. We used a sieve to catch the petals and poured the perfumed water into a jug. We then poured the perfume into our beautifully decorative bottles and taaadaaa our very own homemade perfume.

The kids were thrilled and have proudly put them on their bedside tables ready for mummy to wear in the morning. Plus with such early risers in this household the activity was completed before 9.30am, hmmmmm now what can we do…?

Controlling pesky bugs

After all the hard work earlier in the season, this is now beginning to get to the time where you can sit back and enjoy the delights of your garden. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when bugs and diseases like powdery mildew can detract from the splendour, so we have some tips on how to tackle these problems – without using harsh chemicals. One of our mantras is ‘healthy soil makes healthy plants’, so we are keen to create good soil, either in the beds or pots and containers. Try and ensure that soil in pots gets the chance to dry out between watering, as this reduces the risk of Scarid flies making their home in your pots. Hoeing is one of my favourite tasks, and this tilling of the soil helps reduce weed growth around plants, also bringing any pests which lurk under the topsoil to the surface, a ready meal for the garden’s birds.

As you’ll know from previous blogs, we try and make our garden as wildlife friendly as possible. Ladybirds, frogs, hedgehogs, ground beetles plus the birds are excellent predators all of which help to control bugs like caterpillars, aphids and slugs so we like to encourage them. Making homes for our wildlife is a great task to give any children bored during the summer holidays – we have a number of home-made bird boxes and bug hotels around the garden, perhaps not all as neat as they could be, but all made by willing young hands!

When our wildlife can’t take care of the problem, we turn to ecofective® Bug and Mildew Control, which is suitable for indoor and outdoor plants. Common bugs like whiteflies, aphids, red spider mites, and mealybugs can be dealt with in an environmentally responsible manner, as this product doesn’t rely on conventional pesticide chemicals. Rather, it has a more physical method, containing a blend of surfactants which stops the pests from moving and being able to feed. Not only does this make it safe to use near pets and children, it is also not a threat for bees and wildlife.


This formulation is used by many professional growers and landscapers across the UK and Europe, on a variety of plants including ornamentals, fruit, vegetables and herbs. Because there is no harvest interval, produce can be eaten within hours after application. We are out early in the morning, or later in the evening to avoid using the spray in direct sunlight as we would run the risk of scorching our plants.

All of which means that we get the opportunity to enjoy our garden ourselves, instead of sharing it with unwanted bugs!

Are your plants hungry?

Our garden is in full swing right now, with our fruit, vegetables and flowers all romping away – which means we’re keeping a careful watch on the feeding they require to give us the best possible results. Feeding provides a balance of nutrients to help healthy plants grow. Without the correct food, plants are vulnerable to disease and growth problems – and this is particularly true of plants in pots as nutrients can just leach out of pots. Often, your plants will tell you if they need feeding, with signs including a yellowing or paling of leaves, slow or no growth, wilting of lower plant leaves, and root rot or brown edges on the leaves.

There are two main types of feed – mineralised feeds, which can leach from the soil more rapidly when there is run off of water, from either over-watering or a sudden downpour, and sugar based feeds which tend to stick to the root system better.

Our feed of choice is the ecofective® Organic Wonder Feed, an organic sugar based feed which contains a bio-stimulant that encourages plants to take up the nutrients quickly, giving a higher yield than other leading brands. For the technically minded, it has a Nitrogen Phosphorous Potassium (NPK) balance of 2-1-3. We find it easy to use, the 1.5 litre container makes up to 50 1-gallon watering cans, and of course the naturally derived ingredients have no negative impact on the environment and do not disrupt the important ecosystems.

To get the best yields from our fruit and veg garden, we feed regularly once a week through the growing season. Crops which are above the ground, such as tomatoes and strawberries, have a high water content and tend to be hungrier for food.

With plants in our greenhouse, most are grown in containers and have no access to naturally occurring nutrients, so some of these we feed twice a week.

For our outside pot plants and baskets, we make sure that we give them a good water before feeding, so that the goodness in the feed is not washed out of the pots straight away. Here’s hoping for a bumper harvest this summer!

Protect your garden from slugs

Ask any gardener what are the worst pests they come across in the garden and it’s pretty much guaranteed that slugs will be up there – in fact, slugs came second in the list of the UK’s top pests in 2018, according to the RHS.

Just at the time that we’re ready to plant out young plants is one of the most ideal times for slugs – the weather is warmer, yet we’re still getting the rain. As they do most of their damage under cover of darkness, it’s only the morning after that you find the slime trails pointing to damaged, eaten plants. They tend to not be that picky either – their dinner menu can contain salad leaves, strawberries, any cabbage family, plus marigolds, dahlias, hostas and soft herbs.

It always used to be a challenge to remain eco-friendly at the same time as protecting plants from slugs. The traditional blue slug pellets contain Metaldehyde which is extremely dangerous to wildlife such as hedgehogs, amphibians and wild birds – exactly the group of wildlife we want to encourage in our garden. Use of Metaldehyde will be banned totally from next Spring, and sales will be banned from this summer, 2019.

We have a solution, though, which is eco-friendly and highly effective. ecofective® Slug Defence is a physical, non-toxic barrier which prevents slugs and snails from getting close to your plants in the soil or in pots. The white granules dry quickly, and stay effective even after rain or watering.

If you do have a particularly serious slug problem, then ecofective® Ferrimax® Slug Killer might be the answer. This contains a natural active ingredient, Ferric Phosphate and is approved for organic gardening, working well with flowers and vegetables.

Of course, it’s still a good idea to be preventative – slugs can get everywhere and seem to enjoy laying eggs in pots so we make a particular point of cleaning pots before we use them.

Planting where there are fewer places for slugs to hide helps protect your tender plants so raised beds offer better protection and giving small vegetable plants enough space around them helps, as does planting out in full sun when the soil is warm.

Looking after our bees

A worldwide decline in bee populations is ringing alarm bells as fears grow over how our food will be pollinated if bees die out. According to the British Beekeepers’ Association, a third of our food is dependent on pollination by bees, with up to 70 crops in the UK relying on bees for successful pollination. However, bee-keepers across Europe have reported winter colony losses in excess of 50% in recent years – a figure that is causing widespread concern among wildlife experts.

There are a host of factors blamed for bee decline, including pesticide use, climate change, a parasitic mite called varroa that attacks bee colonies, and habitat loss (the UK has lost more than 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1940s).

ecofective offer a range of Child, Pet and Bee Safe plant care products for gardeners who want to attract more bees into gardens in a bid to safeguard the future of these vital pollinators.

Top ecofective bee safe products

ecofective® Bug + Mildew Control is a ready-to-use formula that provides fast-acting control of a wide range of pests, including whitefly, blackfly, red spider mite and mealybug, while taking care of powdery mildew by washing away spores. The clever formulation, which is safe to use around bees, pets and children, also provides plants with nutrients for healthy growth and uses a physical mode of action which stops plant pests in their tracks, preventing bugs from moving and being able to feed. A key advantage of ecofective® Bug + Mildew Control’s physical mode of action is that plant pests will not become resistant to the formula. And no harvest interval is required, meaning that home-grown produce can be eaten within hours of application.

Gardeners can also use ecofective® Rose Defender to protect the nation’s favourite flower from attack without any worries about harming bees. The ready-to-use product’s 3-in-1 defender technology controls bugs, powdery mildew and provides nutrients for vibrant, healthy roses, while the pesticide-free formulation is safe to use around bees, children and pets.

ecofective® Houseplant Defender, which is perfect for indoor plants but can also be used on flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetables in the garden, is another bee-friendly product in the ecofective stable that’s safe to use around bees. The ready-to-use pesticide-free spray gives excellent control of pests including whitefly, aphid, red spider mite, mealybug, scale and psyllid, while the formula provides foliar nourishment to encourage healthy, vibrant houseplants. It stimulates the development of more flowers, too.

To view the complete range of bee safe products click here.