What is fibre clay?

Fibre clay is a generic term that describes a material that combines fibre, resin and minerals.  The resulting product is commonly used to create fibre clay garden pots and containers.

Fibre clay goes by many names including Fibreclay, clay fibre, fibre stone, Fibrecotta and sand fibre. Some names are registered trademarks but are often used interchangeably – a bit like vacuum cleaners are called ‘Hoovers’. Whilst the names may vary, the manufacturing process remains similar.

large roller fibre clay pots

Sandstone-effect fibre clay pots from Floresy.online

How to make fibre clay pots 

The fibre clay process combines a resin, a mesh or fibrous substance with inorganic minerals i.e. stone or clay.

Fibre clay planters, as well as other product made from fibre clay, are made in moulds. Layers of resin, mesh and the mineral mix are placed in the mould until the desired thickness is achieved.

The mesh varies from product to product but sometimes includes fibrous waste products from other industries. For example, cellulose plant fibre from pulp mills during the paper-making process. The mineral is often powdered stone or a clay-based mineral such as the clay used to make terracotta. The mineral mix gives the pot its faux stone finish.

The pots are left to dry and are not fired like a terracotta or clay post would be. Once dry, the resulting product is a hard as concrete. It’s the layering that gives it its strength just like plywood or indeed glass fibre.

Pigments can be added to create the look of different stones such as slate or terracotta. The fibre clay garden pots can also be glazed or polished to achieve different finishes.

Classic Fibre Clay Pots

Classic cone-shaped Fibre Clay Pots with sand effect finish.

What are the benefits of using fibre clay garden pots?

There are many reasons why fibre clay garden planters are popular:

  • Pots made from fibre clay are lightweight which is a great advantage for gardeners. A pot made from concrete or natural stone is extremely heavy even before it contains a plant. This lightweight feature is particularly important for balcony and roof gardens.
  • The fibre clay bonding method creates a very strong substance. So, this means that fibre clay pots are strong, weatherproof and durable – a must for any outdoor planters.
  • Fibre clay can include a great variety of minerals. This means that a great variety of finishes and looks can be achieved. These finishes include sandstone-effect, concrete-effect and lead-effect planters.
  • The manufacturing process for fibre clay often uses waste materials from other industries. 
  • The energy costs for producing fibre clay garden pots are low making it an efficient process.
  • Fibre clay garden planters are relatively cheaper than their real-stone equivalent.

    roller fiberclay pot grey set

    Roller fibreclay pot grey set from Floresy.online

Fibre clay garden pots from Floresy

Floresy stock a range of high-quality fibre clay pots. We recommend these pots for businesses as their lightweight design is a useful feature for multi-use spaces in hotels and retail units. The price is also a great feature! Please view our full range of plant pots and planters, including our fibre clay offerings and let us know if you have any questions.

bowl fibre clay pots

Shallow dish-style bowl fibre clay pots with a sandstone finish.

 

 

 

Wellness tourism has a global worth of $639 billion. In 2017, there were over 830 million wellness trips representing 17% of all global tourism. Plus the average wellness traveller spends more per trip than the average tourist. Spending by wellness tourists is 53% more when travelling internationally and 178% more for domestic travel.

What’s more, is the forecast for growth. Global wellness tourism is growing at an annual rate of 7.5% which is notably faster than the overall tourism growth prediction. The industry’s value is set to reach $919 billion by 2022 and surpass the 1 billion wellness trips per year.

So why is wellness tourism growing so fast?

What is Wellness Tourism?

Wellness tourism is a vacation, holiday or short break that puts your wellbeing at the centre of your experience. Travellers seek to relieve stress, regain a balance, pursue a personal passion or life goal or to simply kick-start a new healthier lifestyle.

Examples of a wellness trip include:

wellness tourism infographic

Wellness tourism infographic

  • Holidays that give the opportunity for reconnecting with nature either through their location or through activities they offer such as 
  • Yoga retreats are popular choices as they combine physical and spiritual stimulation with relaxation, calm and inward reflection.
  • Activity-based holidays aimed at those seeking physical exhilaration.
  • Creative-themed holidays where travellers can attend creative writing boot camps or artists’ retreats.
  • Cultural experiences that seek to connect people with other cultures or religions. 

Wellness destinations are not health farms where the objective is weight loss. Neither is it travelling to another country seeking medical treatment.

So, why is wellness tourism growing so fast?

Wellness is the tonic to the stresses of modern life and is a growing trend. Wellness dumps the fad diets and fitness crazes for a more holistic approach to health. People are realising that they are in control of their own good health. 

Wellness promotes healthy ageing

Our population is ageing. In 2015, 12.3% of the world’s population was aged 60 or over. That’s around 901 million people. By 2030, this is projected to increase to 1.4 billion or 16.4% of the world’s population. And he over 85s age range will show the biggest growth.

The baby boomer generation, those currently in their 60s and early 70s, want good health to get the best out of their later years. Plus they have the money, time and conviction to make their health goals a priority.

Being in better health as we age means that our growing population will not create an equal impact on healthcare. We don’t want to be a burden or to lose purpose as we age, and the pursuit of wellness allows us to remain independent and vibrant.

Wellness empowers people

The pursuit of wellness is not dependent on firstly consulting healthcare professional. People are able to make well-informed, proactive decisions about their lives independently.

One of the biggest shifts in healthcare is the balance or power or knowledge between a patient and their doctor. The wealth of information available to us as individuals is partly responsible for this shift.

People are realising that prevention is better than cure. So improving our health means that we are in control of our health choices. We are less dependent on a prescription or drug and therefore a faceless, third party like Big Pharma.

The wellness industry is booming

Naturally, as the overall wellness industry grows so too does wellness tourism. The popularity of mindfulness apps and plant-based diets are growing and many aspects of wellness are accessible and low cost.

Wellness brings global philosophies

Exploring other cultures can give a traveller a connection to the past, a fresh understanding of themselves or a simple sense of the one world identity. New ways of thinking can bring rejuvenation and a new zeal for life. We can access tai chi in Western countries but nothing beats the authenticity of morning practice in Bejing, for example.

How can Floresy help?

We can help create a welcoming environment for your wellness guests using our experience as interior plant landscapers. Wellness tourists may have expectations on the style and quality of the venues they choose and we can help your business meet that expectation. Find out more about our artificial plants for hotels or contact us today to speak to one of our customer managers.