Environmentally friendly pot
Darren Handschuh - Jan 24, 2019 - Biz Releases

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BlueSky Organics wants to change the way people grow marijuana.

The Vernon-based company has launched a new cannabis growing system with the potential to eliminate millions of tons of non-biodegradable growing materials from landfills.

With the high demand for cannabis, companies looking to take advantage of a lucrative industry are building large-scale growing facilities.

According to BSO, large numbers of these facilities traditionally use a rockwool cube for growing cannabis plants.

Rockwool cubes are fibreglass-like insulation cubes used to grow cannabis roots in a hydroponic-style system, but it takes a lot of rockwool to grow high volumes of cannabis.

The problem is, rockwool does not break down in the landfill.

According to Matt Stromsten, co-founder and director of business development for BlueSky Organics, a large producer with 1,000,000 square feet of grow space can use as much as 60, 40-foot shipping container loads of rockwool each year.

This results in substantial disposal fees for producers and landfills taking in materials that will never break down.

BlueSky will be releasing an organically-derived, compostable alternative to rockwool in the new year through its partnership with Dutch Horticultural Professionals (DHP) to solve the rockwool problem in Canada.

“Our focus has been innovation and creating solutions that are superior in quality and at the same time better for the environment. This gives commercial facilities a better return on their investment. We all win,” said Mary Horvatincic BlueSky’s co-owner and Director of R&D.

According to their website, BlueSky Organics soil media and plant nutrients are 100 per cent certified-organic and specifically formulated for producing the highest quality produce, fruit or flowering plants.

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