Product review: Biotrim. Eco strimming has arrived.

We’ve seen the future of garden strimming, and it’s biodegradable!

Regular readers or visitors to The Secret Acre, will know that strimming has been a big part of our lives since moving in.

Only now, some six years on, does it feel like we have finally made good inroads into reclaiming the overgrown areas to put back into productive use. Each winter’s incremental progress requiring regular summer strimming to maintain the foothold.

So it’s fair to say our Stihl strimmer, with its familiar orange plastic strimmer line, has been well used. Leading to the equally familiar environmental angst of seeing bits of discarded orange plastic line across the garden.

Naturally I googled to see if anyone makes biodegradable strimming line. Surely someone must I thought? And yes they do! Biotrim is the world’s first oxo-biodegradable trimmer line from Oregon.

It’s a fairly new product, after ten years in development, and isn’t yet easily available in the UK, beyond a handful of trailblazing Ebay import businesses.

Undeterred, a small sample reel swiftly arrived in the post last year, and we said goodbye to orange plastic line pollution, and hello to Biotrim’s brown biodegradable alternative.

So how has it been? In a word, great!

Can’t say I’ve noticed any obvious differences in performance, except perhaps it pays out ever so slightly faster maybe. That, or we are just strimming more diligently, happy in the knowledge we are not adding more polluting plastic to the environment.

Of course at the back of my mind was one remaining question. Is it one of those greenwash bio-plastics that actually takes 100s of years to biodegrade. Apparently not. The French certifying body says the whole process takes between 5 and 10 years once the line is in contact with the soil, after which no trace of the line remains. Read the full details here

Surely this new product is the future of strimming. We highly recommend you give a go for yourself. And we also need to shout about it too. We need UK Garden Centres to start stocking it. We need Council contracts to mandate its use. We need to consign the polluting orange plastic strimmer line to the dustbin of history.


7 thoughts on “Product review: Biotrim. Eco strimming has arrived.

  1. Hi Paul,
    First of all, Congratulations for your project!
    About this product, Sadly it seems they stopped producing this product
    I got in touch with a couple places who used to sell it here in Italy and they say not available anymore, even on Amazon is not available.
    They told me one of the reasons was they had no commercial success.
    I still think this kind of products should be mandatory for public parks management…if you think now they only have two alternatives: using herbicides or spreading micro-plastics in the environment


    • That would be a shame Alex for sure. Yes, it should be the mandatory option! Here in the UK it is certainly still available on Ebay at teh moment. Don’t know if you might still be able to get some that way in Italy?


      • Thaks for your reply Paul
        Yes, I found it on ebay in UK but they don’t ship to Italy.
        Also I think it’s just the remaining stock, better you buy all the one you can find there 🙂


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