WHO ARE POB AND WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
At the previous companies I have worked, there was little awareness of any impact they may have had on the earth. I, myself was not really aware what impact things like packaging and transport had on the environment and how it can contribute to overall pollution. So when I got the opportunity to start up POB, I wanted to make products that are sustainable, cool & close to nature.
Our first range of products are the Eco grow kits, they include the use of plastics, but why? The current use of plastics (world wide) is so immense that if we were to suddenly stop the recycling of plastics then the environmental impact would be devastating. Paradoxically we have to carry on recycling the plastics in use until the world can safely say that we are now ready to stop the daily use of virgin plastics (used in high volumes) in products such as ready meals, meats and bizarrely for vegetables.
The plastics we use are made from 100% recycled PET and can be recycled again and again so please make sure you put them in the recycle bin when you're finished!! We will shortly be uploading videos and information about where we get the plastics and how it is recycled, so keep an eye out for those. We do not use any packaging from outside of Europe.
The Cardboard Plant "Stadium"
We use only 100% sourced board from FSC certified woodland and this is mixed with recycled pulp which comes from local European sources only.
These are food safe and contain no harmful UV coatings on the board. The varnish is a water based emulsion that is again food safe and fully biodegradable.
The Protective Outer Carton
This is actually strong enough for direct post so no need for any additional corrugated board or excessive use of protective plastic bubble wrap etc.
Please note that these items are on sale via Amazon and whilst we have made these suitable for amazon to just pick the kits from stock and place a postage label directly onto the packaging they will probably place them into another outer carton unless you stipulate you want to use frustration free packaging.
The compressed pellets are 100% recycled coconut husk and, as a by product of the coconut farming industry are carbon neutral. The transport of these from India did cause a pause for thought so we looked into alternatives, these were:
Peat - definitely a no go as this is bad for the environment as is the use of a "top soil".
Green waste compost - this sounded like a good idea, however we found that this could have contamination from metal, glass and even batteries that found their way into the green wheelie bins and eventually in the compost. This was very inconsistent and could only be bagged up into a plastic bag. It was also very wet which would damage the card when packed together before posting.
Vermiculite - Used a lot in commercial growing this offers a great alternative to standard compost, however the carbon foot-print is huge and the environmental impact is considerable. This is taken from opencast mines in China, Russia and South America. Once in Europe the stone is heated to over 3000°c and then transported to the UK. You can understand why we crossed this off the list.