A friend of mine came across this fun, ultra-green product that was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, CowPots™.
CowPots™, “The Pots You Plant,” were invented by the Freund dairy farming family in northwestern Connecticut. They are made from manure solids and are of course, 100% biodegradable. This is a great example of farmers turning an agricultural waste product into a horticultural goldmine. Not only do the pots fully decompose, they add rich nutrients to the soil, feed seedlings and attract beneficial earth worms. Since plant roots continue to grow into the earth, there’s no risk of straining plants during transplanting.
To find out how to order these eco-fabulous pots visit CowPots online. The prices are not listed, but they do give a list of vendors national and local that carry the pots. Ask your local nursery if they have heard of them. Maybe you can help push them away from plastic and into a much more sustainable product. I love this so much, I just might have to get my very own CowPot T-shirt (yep, they do sell them on the website). I wonder how that would go over in South Florida.
Why plastic pots don’t pass the test:
- They further our dependency on foreign oil (Plastics are made from oil or coal treated with a heat and pressure process, and mixed with an assortment of stabilizers and fillers)
- They stunt root growth
- Plastic never biodegrades and puts a huge burden on landfills
- Plants undergo stress during transplanting
We could all learn a little from this Connecticut family. They also capture methane from decomposing manure liquids and use it to heat their farmhouse and hot water for their dairy barn. Talk about a renewable energy source! The family did receive a $33,000 Federal Grant for the pot project and I think the money went to good use. I can’t wait to see this product take off. Happy planting.