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New pot plants seeds for green growth

New pot plants seeds for green growth


June 27, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Not everyone is naturally blessed with a green thumb when it comes to growing your own produce or spices, but a recently-launched new ReadyGrow range of biodegradable planting pots from the Hartsville, S.C.-headquartered packaging products manufacturer Sonoco can at least provide consumers with an assurance of doing something worthwhile for the environment.

Launched this past spring for leading U.S. greenhouse operator Metrolina Greenhouses, the patent-pending one-quart ReadyGrow planters are manufactured at Sonoco’s paper mills using 100-percent recycled paperboard, and are engineered to biodegrade in soil within 180 days of planting inside a commercial greenhouse environment.

“Today’s marketplace demands more sustainable packaging,” says James Harrell, vice-president of Sonoco’s Industrial Carriers Division unit, “and these new biodegradable planters help achieve these goals with user-friendly pots made from 100-percent recycled paper, which will biodegrade in the ground as plants grow.”

Currently used for growing Metrolina’s spring herbs, the porous pots are designed to allow oxygen to pass through the container to the roots, Harrell explains, while the use of Sonoco’s proprietary  RootGuard protective coating helps the pots withstand greenhouse watering and maintain good water absorption while in the soil.