Ecoponics Upcycling Workshops

Upcycled PET Bottle Self-Watering Planter

At Ecoponics, we are dedicated to educating individuals on the importance of environmental conservation and equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to make a positive impact.

Our Upcycled PET Bottle Workshops provide a unique and engaging learning experience that teaches students the significance of upcycling in reducing waste and promoting sustainability. Through our workshops, students will have the opportunity to repurpose PET bottles into functional and stylish self-watering planters, perfect for growing a variety of plants.

Our workshops aim to address the pressing issue of limited landfill space in Singapore by reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. Students will learn about waste management practices and the benefits of upcycling, such as conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions.

Our expert instructors will then guide students through the process of creating their own self-watering planters using PET bottles, from attaching a wick and water reservoir to selecting the appropriate plants and caring for them. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, self-watering planters offer numerous environmental benefits, including reduced water usage and waste.

By participating in our Upcycled PET Bottle Self-Watering Planter Workshops, students not only contribute to a greener and more sustainable future but also gain valuable knowledge and skills to continue upcycling at home.

Join us in our mission to create a positive impact on the environment, one planter at a time.

Upcycled PET Bottle Self-Watering Planter

Workshop Description

Programme Highlights

In our Upcycled PET Bottle Self Watering Planter Workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the issue of waste and how waste is managed in Singapore.
  2. Explain the concept of upcycling and how it differs from recycling.
  3. Understand the benefits that upcycling has on our environment.
  4. Have their own hands-on experience in making an upcycled self-watering planter from a used PET bottle.

Convenient Location

Take Exit B from Marymount MRT and walk towards MAPEX building. Proceed to the third floor via the lift and exit through 2 doors on the right to the carpark. We are located right at the end!


1-1.5 Hours

All Materials Provided & Trainers Guidance

All necessary materials and most equipment required for the workshops will be provided by Ecoponics. In addition, certified instructors and trainers guide participants through the entire process, from theory to practical application.

Participants learn about the differences between upcycling and recycling, the benefits of upcycling to the environment, and how to create functional items from used materials.

Other Options

Virtual@3x 150x150 1 | Ecoponics Singapore | June, 2024
DIY Kit@3x 150x150 1 | Ecoponics Singapore | June, 2024
DIY Kits

Ideal For

  • Children
  • Team Building
  • Work together as a team

Benefits of Upcycled Terrarium Workshops

Empowering Environmental Education

At Ecoponics, we believe in the power of education to drive positive change. Our upcycled PET Bottle self watering planter workshops offer an empowering environmental education experience. Participants not only learn practical skills in upcycling and gardening but also develop a deeper understanding of sustainability and its importance.

 By engaging in hands-on learning, attendees gain the confidence and knowledge to make eco-friendly choices in their daily lives, fostering a greener future for all.

Sustainable and Stylish Solutions

Ecoponics’ upcycled PET Bottle self watering planter workshops offer a sustainable and stylish solution for eco-conscious individuals. By repurposing PET bottles into self-watering planters, we help reduce plastic waste and contribute to a circular economy. 

Our workshops provide participants with the knowledge and skills to transform waste materials into functional and aesthetically pleasing planters that add a unique touch to any space. 

With Ecoponics, you can create a greener world while elevating your interior or outdoor decor.


Unleash Your Creativity

With Ecoponics’ upcycled PET Bottle self watering planter workshops, unleash your creativity and personalize your green oasis. Our workshops provide a platform for self-expression and artistic exploration.

Participants have the opportunity to design and customize their planters using various techniques, decorating and adding personal touches. The result is a one-of-a-kind planter that reflects your style and taste.

Let your imagination flourish while contributing to a more sustainable planet with Ecoponics.


Variations of Upcycled Terrarium Workshops That We Offer

We are proud to offer a range of variations of upcycled terrarium workshops, where you can learn to create your own stunning miniature gardens while also contributing to a sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Our workshops are designed to inspire creativity and promote sustainable practices by repurposing discarded or unused items into unique terrariums. With our expert guidance, you’ll learn how to transform everyday objects into beautiful living landscapes that can thrive in any indoor environment.

Upcycling Terrarium Workshop FAQ

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials into new and useful products. It is similar to recycling, however, instead of throwing away used materials or objects, upcycling involves using creative methods to reuse them in a way that creates a product of higher quality or value compared to the original items. It is a sustainable approach that not only reduces waste but also conserves natural resources by creating new products out of old ones.

Upcycling offers a sustainable and creative alternative to traditional waste management methods, and can have a positive impact on both the environment and communities.


Here are some of the benefits of upcycling:

  1. Reduces waste: Upcycling presents an effective solution to waste reduction by taking advantage of materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills. By repurposing these materials and transforming them into new products, we can reduce the amount of waste that is generated and limit our environmental impact.
  2. Saves resources: Upcycling represents a sustainable approach to resource conservation, as it utilizes existing materials in lieu of extracting or manufacturing new resources. By reimagining the potential of discarded items, we can reduce the need for additional raw materials, which can help to minimize our environmental footprint.
  3. Saves energy: In contrast to recycling, which involves melting and reprocessing materials, upcycling requires significantly less energy. Instead, upcycling involves repurposing existing materials and transforming them into new products, which can lead to a reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Promotes creativity: Upcycling fosters creativity and ingenuity by inspiring individuals to discover novel and imaginative methods of repurposing materials. This sustainable approach to waste reduction motivates people to think outside of the box and experiment with different materials, textures, and colours, to create something unique and functional.
  5. Saves money: Upcycling presents a cost-effective means of generating innovative and practical items, since it often entails the utilization of readily available materials. By upcycling, individuals can reduce their reliance on costly new materials and instead take advantage of the potential that can be found in materials that are already at hand.
  6. Reduces carbon footprint: By reducing the need for new raw materials and energy-intensive manufacturing processes, upcycling helps to minimise the carbon footprint of a product

A PET Bottle self-watering planter is a sustainable gardening solution created by repurposing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. The bottom portion of the bottle is transformed into a water reservoir, while the top part acts as the planter. This design allows for a self-watering system where the plants can draw water as needed, reducing the frequency of manual watering.

A wide variety of plants are suitable for self-watering planters. Here are a few examples:

  1. Herbs: Popular culinary herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint thrive in self-watering planters. They appreciate consistent moisture and can be easily maintained in a self-watering system.

  2. Succulents and Cacti: Certain succulents and cacti, such as aloe vera, jade plants, and Echeveria, can adapt well to self-watering planters. However, it's essential to ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogged soil.

  3. Leafy Greens: Lettuce, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens do well in self-watering planters. They require a steady supply of moisture and can benefit from the controlled watering system.

  4. Tomatoes and Peppers: Compact varieties of tomatoes and peppers are suitable for self-watering planters. These vegetables appreciate consistent watering and can flourish in the self-watering environment.

  5. Flowers: Many flowering plants, such as marigolds, petunias, and geraniums, can be grown in self-watering planters. These plants can add vibrant colors and beauty to your space while benefiting from the consistent moisture supply.

  6. Ferns: Ferns are well-suited for self-watering planters due to their preference for consistently moist soil. Boston ferns and maidenhair ferns are popular choices for indoor self-watering planters.

  7. Spider Plants: Spider plants are resilient and adaptable, making them suitable for self-watering planters. They can thrive in a wide range of lighting conditions and appreciate the self-watering system.

It's important to consider the specific needs of each plant, including lighting requirements, soil composition, and potential size constraints, when selecting plants for self-watering planters.

Our Upcycled Self Watering Planter Workshops are designed to be efficient and engaging, with a typical completion time of 1.5h. This includes both the theoretical portion and the practical portion of the workshop. We understand that the students have many lessons to attend, making it difficult to slot such activities into their timetables at times, so we've structured our workshops to be concise and easy to fit into even the busiest of schedules. However, despite the short duration, we are confident that the students will walk away with a newfound appreciation for upcycling and the skills necessary to continue creating functional items from used materials, along with the scientific knowledge of how terrarium ecosystems work.

A self-watering planter works through a simple and efficient mechanism. The water reservoir, located at the bottom of the planter, holds excess water. The planter is equipped with a wicking system, usually in the form of a fabric or wick, that extends from the water reservoir into the soil. As the plants' roots naturally seek moisture, they draw water from the reservoir through capillary action, ensuring a steady supply of water to the plants while preventing overwatering.

Yes, participants in the Ecoponics' PET Bottle Self-Watering Planter Workshop can bring their upcycled planters home. The workshop is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to create your own self-watering planters using PET bottles. After completing the workshop, you'll have a functional and eco-friendly planter that you can proudly display and use to grow your favorite plants. Bringing the planters home allows you to continue practicing sustainable gardening and enjoying the benefits of self-watering systems in your own space.


During Ecoponics' PET Bottle self-watering planter workshop, you will learn a range of skills. These include the art of upcycling PET bottles into functional planters, understanding the principles of self-watering systems, and gaining hands-on experience in assembling and customizing your planter. Additionally, you will learn about plant selection, planting techniques, and general care for your self-watering planter. The workshop provides a comprehensive learning experience suitable for both beginners and gardening enthusiasts.

  1. Yes, the self-watering mechanism used in PET Bottle self-watering planters can be reused in other containers. The self-watering system, typically consisting of a water reservoir and wicking material, can be adapted to various container sizes and shapes. With a little creativity, you can repurpose different containers such as jars, buckets, or even ceramic pots to create your own self-watering planters using the same mechanism. This allows for a sustainable and versatile gardening solution beyond PET bottles alone.


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At Ecoponics, we are passionate about sustainability and empowering individuals to make a positive impact on the environment. Our Self-Watering Planter Workshop is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to transform everyday PET bottles into functional and eco-friendly planters. Join us on this exciting journey as we upcycle, create, and cultivate a greener world.

Sustainability lies at the core of our workshop. By repurposing PET bottles, we help combat plastic waste and contribute to a circular economy. Through hands-on learning, we guide you through the process of converting these discarded bottles into self-watering planters that not only benefit your plants but also enhance your living spaces. With Ecoponics, you can turn waste into beauty and take a meaningful step towards a more sustainable future.

Our workshop is an opportunity to dive into the world of self-watering planters and explore their benefits. Learn how these innovative systems work, allowing plants to draw water as needed, reducing water waste, and promoting healthy plant growth. We’ll guide you through the process of creating a self-watering planter, providing insights into the materials, tools, and techniques required. From assembling the planter to customizing it with your unique artistic touch, you’ll discover the joy of repurposing while embracing your creativity.

Education is a fundamental pillar of our workshop. Beyond the hands-on experience, we are dedicated to empowering you with knowledge about sustainable practices and the importance of environmental stewardship. Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of upcycling and the benefits of self-watering planters, including water conservation, efficient gardening techniques, and the positive impact on plant health. Equipped with this knowledge, you can make informed choices and inspire others to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Whether you’re a beginner or a gardening enthusiast, our workshop caters to all skill levels. You don’t need prior experience or gardening knowledge to participate. Our expert instructors will guide you every step of the way, ensuring an inclusive and enjoyable learning experience. Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for sustainability and foster a sense of community as we embark on this green journey together.

Beyond the workshop, we strive to provide ongoing support and inspiration for your sustainable gardening endeavors. We offer resources, tips, and guidance to help you care for your self-watering planter and select suitable plants. Join our community of Ecoponics enthusiasts, share your creations, and continue to explore the endless possibilities of upcycling and sustainable gardening.

At Ecoponics, we believe that small actions can lead to significant change. By participating in our Self-Watering Planter Workshop, you are taking a meaningful step towards a greener future. Embrace sustainability, unleash your creativity, and let your planters be a testament to your commitment to the environment. Together, we can create a more beautiful and sustainable world, one PET bottle at a time.

Join us at Ecoponics and embark on an exciting journey of upcycling, creativity, and sustainable gardening. Together, let’s make a difference, one self-watering planter at a time.