We are looking for alternatives for the plastic we use in our grow bags, but as yet we have not found one. So, in the meantime we try to make the most ethical and sustainable way to manage this problem as possible.
Our approach fits out permaculture philosophy, where we try and turn a problem (or output) from one thing and turn it into a solution (an input) to another. In this case we melt our plastic and extrude it into new things. In this case, into plastic bricks that we use around the garden.
If you have bought one of our mini farms and not sure what to do with the plastic please SEND IT TO US. We will ensure that it is disposed of ethically.
By recycling our plastics to make things, we keep our plastic on our property, This way we are in a sense guardians over our trash. At some time in the future we may find an alternative or technology may allow us to recycle it even more efficiently. We are following the research into plastic eating mycelium with great interest.
In general we manage all trash or rubbish on our property and efficiently as possible. This starts with making very considered decisions on what we purchase based on packaging and potential for difficult to recyclable material. So far we have managed to keep our un recyclable waste across our business and lifestyle, down to half a household rubbish sack per month. Not perfect but we are working on it.
For the record, as people have asked – this plastic is not single use plastic shopping bags which is banned https://www.mfe.govt.nz/consultation/plasticshoppingbags