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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,205.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
99201
Agency Tracking Number:
2010-00344
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.11
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
845 ALLEN DR, Holland, MI, 49423
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
013082313
Principal Investigator:
CAREY BOOTE
PRESIDENT
(616) 990-5333
carey.boote@gmail.com
Business Contact:
CAREY BOOTE
PRESIDENT
(616) 990-5333
carey.boote@gmail.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
: 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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