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Hi Kate , we have been working very hard to find an alternative to plastic and at the end we found a material called biddin which is just appropriate as an alternative to using recycled plastic bags,the main reason Fabric pots are so widely used is not to create a stronger pot, but to create a better pot, they provides a breathable healthy growing environment. Fabric pots, unlike traditional black plastic pots, allow water and air to flow through its structure nourishing the root of the plant. It also does not allow the plants roots to circle once they meet the resistance of the wall of the pot. Instead, through a couple of different means, the fabric causes the plant to send out new fibrous roots rather than circle and harm the plant. Thank you