Here at The HC Companies, we believe sustainability is essential to ensure that our customers and our business improve the world as collective stewards of the earth, its citizens, and the products we develop and promote. In addition, designing more environmentally conscious products and making them accessible and affordable to more people benefits our shared economy by normalizing those products and creating demand in the market.Our Sustainability Vision
Made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, BioPax® growing containers are USDA BioPreferred® Certified and promote less waste while offering an optimized end-of-life without compromising on strength and performance.
Sustainably-sourced wood pulp, compounded with modifiers and additives.
Sure is! BioPax® containers are part of the USDA BioPreferred® Program. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the biobased content of the product. The label assures a consumer that the product contains a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients.
BioPax® is a resin code #7 (other) and is considered a bioplastic, which is unlike traditional plastic, as it is not derived from petroleum.
Appearing like traditional petro-plastics, bioplastics are resin-based and produced from renewable sources, like agricultural byproducts and substances. It’s important to note that not all resins result in traditional petroleum-based plastic.
Strong enough for reuse. Do not recycle this pot with other recyclable plastic items. It can be composted in an industrial composting facility with other compostable materials. Or it can go into mixed solid wastes headed for the landfill, where it will degrade naturally over time and will not leave behind any microplastics or harmful chemicals.
Current ASTM standards (ASTM6400) deem products as “biodegradable” if they break down in less than one year. Due to its wall thickness, the rate of degradation exceeds the one-year threshold, however, current testing/data indicates the product will degrade over an estimated three to five years. The rate could depend on environmental conditions and article shape and thickness; variation of resin/material blends may impact the break down rate as well.
91% of plastics separated for recycling don’t get recycled due to contamination. This is atop the current reported recycling rate of 8% of all plastics generated.
BioPax® aims to address current behaviors and breaks down naturally due to consumption by microorganisms. The best part – BioPax® DOES NOT leave behind any microplastics upon biodegradation.
Not at this time, however, for custom requests please contact your HC representative.
BioPax® is available in 3.00” and 4.50” rounds and in ECOGREEN.
Unlike many colorants that are oil-based, our color is derived from a bio-based color concentrate.
As a result of the production process, the color concentrate and wood-based material create a unique swirling effect, ensuring every product is one-of-a-kind.
Sure, please request samples through your sales representative.
Sure, please coordinate a trial through your HC representative.
Driven by the cost of materials, there is a price difference compared to traditional plastic products. This is consistent with any other plastic alternatives on the market.
Absolutely not – in fact, over 80% of end consumers expect (and are willing to) pay more for products touted as sustainable. Be sure to use BioPax® as an opportunity to leverage increased margins.
With so many sustainable planters and plant pots to choose from, it can be difficult to identify which container is right for your specific growing operation based on your location’s specific environmental conditions and those of the plants you’re growing. Below, we’ve created a useful chart that allows you to see the features and benefits of our sustainable planters and plant pots, as well as their ideal application.
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