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A sustainable solution

In a recent Nielsen Company survey, conducted in October of 2018,
81% of global consumers said it was extremely important or very important
for companies to roll-out initiatives to improve the environment.

A Smart Choice

The HC Companies has two sustainable solutions that are designed with the needs of growers, retailers and gardeners in mind – satisfying everyone’s increasing desire to make an environmental impact whenever possible. Benefits include:

  • Made in North America
  • Automation friendly
  • Durable for growing and retail cycles
  • Zero waste – no recycling required
  • Numerous sizes and styles available
  • Certified for Organic Farming (EcoGrow®)

Bringing plants full circle

If you Googled the term “sustainable products”, you’d be given a litany of definitions from those respected in the scientific community to community bloggers – all believing their example best defines the notion. But in truth, Wikipedia provides the clearest, most digestible definition for those unfamiliar with the practice. “Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal.”

For the grower, this is an opportunity to bring your plants full circle by utilizing and marketing a series of sustainable fiber planting containers that are also certified for organic farming (EcoGrow® only). This provides those individuals who are predominantly more environmentally conscious with choices, thus securing them as a customer rather than surrendering them to the competition who already has such sustainable options in their arsenal. (Fiber Round Mum Pan shown)


EcoGrow® products are molded using recycled newspaper and a plant-based binding agent in a closed-loop water recycling facility, thereby eliminating wastewater discharge. They breathe like clay, providing an optimal environment for root systems and biodegrade quickly when planted or worked into the soil. EcoGrow containers have been certified for organic farming and gardening in both the United States and Canada according to NOP Regulation.


FiberGrow® products are molded using a slurry of fibers and binding agents in order to increase their strength and durability in such applications as planters, hanging baskets and other large containers. Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, FiberGrow products also help insulate root systems to help protect them in fluctuating temperatures while offering superior drainage and moisture retention. A wax coating is available to increase the containers longevity.

How long will my fiber containers remain viable for planting?

The longevity of our fiber containers depends a great deal on the cultural practices at your greenhouse or growing location. Are your fiber containers sitting on a concrete floor in pools of water with no drainage? What are your irrigation practices and how moist is the soil kept? Are the containers kept outside for long durations of time?

When our fiber containers are used under normal growing conditions, you can expect our EcoGrow containers to last one complete crop cycle, while our FiberGrow containers will last one complete season.

How long will it take my fiber containers to biodegrade?

Generally speaking, it will take our EcoGrow containers about one season to fully biodegrade and crumble completely into the soil. The ultimate duration will vary depending on your environmental conditions.

Due to the process in which they’re created, our FiberGrow containers will not biodegrade into the soil the way our EcoGrow products will. However, you can break them up into smaller pieces and use them as additions in your general composting practices for use in gardens and planting beds. These containers can also be included with your municipalities paper recycling program.

If mold appears on my fiber container, is something wrong?

White or pale brown fungi/mold is common on the bottoms and sides of fiber containers and are symptoms of excessive watering. While the fungi/mold is not dangerous to the plant, overwatering can eventually lead to root rot and other more damaging conditions.

All fiber containers are not equal

But be aware that NOT all sustainable fiber planting containers are created equal. Here are some things to look for before making a purchase for your growing facility.

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