This 3D-printed protector lets you shift your plants between nurseries without damaging the roots

I assume the word ‘transplant’ had something to do with plants to begin with, which makes it a pretty fitting word to describe what the Roots Protector does… it helps with transplanting. Printed using PLA bio-filament, the Roots Protector is a tiny sapling-container that helps plants grow into the soil but prepares them for being uprooted and replanted. The protector, which acts as a cage that the plant’s roots grow through, helps gardeners uproot plants safely, by letting you directly lift them off in a way that doesn’t damage the plant’s base. The protector comes with an upper lip that one can hold while pulling up, and a mesh base that safeguards the plant’s primary roots from damage. Once transplanted, the PLA polymer begins biodegrading in a matter of 2-3 months as the plant grows older. By the time the plant’s completely grown, the protector will have completely broken down and decomposed into natural matter.

The Roots Protector is a winner of the iF Design Award for the year 2020.

Designer: icamp Product Design