Manufacture of Compostable Plant Containers Utilizing Anaerobic Digester Fibers in Standard Molding Processes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00344
Amount: $79,205.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.11
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
845 ALLEN DR, Holland, MI, 49423
DUNS: 013082313
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (616) 990-5333
Business Contact
Phone: (616) 990-5333
Research Institution
: The Green Horticulture Industry contributed $150.0 billion (2004 dollars) to the nation's economy in 2002 and employed ~ 2 million people. Nearly every floral crop and many nursery crops are grown in plastic containers. Consumer demand for product-stewardship or environmentally conscious products is rapidly rising; but what is the best way to market alternative containers or recycling programs for plant containers Nationally, manufacturing nursery pots, flats and packs uses 320 million pounds of plastic annually. The problem can be addressed by redesigning horticultural plant packaging. There are a variety of bio-containers which allow material decomposition of the packaging products ( pots and trays). None of the current offerings of packaging products meet functional, decomposition and cost expectation of commercial horticultural growers.

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