Converting Locally Collected Waste Plastics into A Clean, Durable Orchid Medium

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2006-33610-16809
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00621
Amount: $69,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
64-5131 White Rd., Kamuela, HI, 96743
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cassandra Phillips
 (808) 887-6505
Business Contact
 Cassandra Phillips
Title: Co-Owner
Phone: (808) 887-6505
Research Institution
In Hawaii, commonly used, expensively imported organic orchid growth media -- bark and coir -- quickly break down, inviting pathogens, pests and other problems for commercial orchid growers, who are striving to stay competitive amid global expansion in the orchid industry. Also, as an island state with extraordinary environmental attributes, Hawaii has special problems dealing with the solid waste abundantly generated by local residents as well as millions of visitors annually. This project will find if locally collected waste plastics can be cost-effectively converted into high performance orchid growth media immune to the problems of imported organic substrates. If so, island orchid producers will have a competitive edge, and the local economy and environment will benefit.

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