In 2012, Vlaanderen began the development of these products in plastic. Benefits of this include that the products are lightweight, strong, and have a natural look to them. The products are accepted and successfully sold to Bonsai enthusiasts in- and outside of Europe. In 2016, Bonsai master Masakuni Kimura was gifted multiple bowls by his students who were giving a demonstration in Saulieu.
Due in part to the development and increased availability of new tools, the design of ceramics, the selling of wood slices, and William J. Vlaanderen’s innovations in general, the european Bonsai enthusiast has evolved considerably