Rice to Riches

In our last post we talked all about taking what most people would think of as trash and turning it into pure gold in the world of composting. If you haven’t read it yet, stop what you’re doing right now and check it out! (then get yourself right back here and keep reading because what I am going to tell you about is pretty stinking cool!) Using what would normally be “trash” and making something useful out of it isn’t limited to and doesn’t end with composting. There are so many different things you can do and products you can use, but today I am going to focus on one really great product that we are so excited about. First, let’s talk about rice. In the words of the late, great Mitch Hedberg “rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something”. While that quote always makes me chuckle, it also brings up a good point: rice is something that we eat a lot of. Like most food, it doesn’t grow in the exact form we eat it in. Rice is grown in a field on a rice stalk; as you can imagine, there is a lot of the stalk that has to get separated and thrown out to get to the little grains of rice. A lot of times those extra pieces don’t get used for anything and are thrown away. In the town of Sebastopol, CA the Loveday-Brown family came up with a creative solution to this problem:

Everyone….meet EcoForms. EcoForms are biodegradable planting pots made from rice hulls (this is the outermost layer of the grain that gets separated during the milling process). These containers are amazing alternatives to petroleum based plastic plant pots that are in most stores today. Ecoforms are designed to last up to 10 years for indoor use and up to 5 if you choose to use them outside.  They come in several different beautiful colors and styles making them a great addition to any space. For all of you who read our last post and are now on the composting train, you’re going to love this part:  Because these pots are made from renewable grain fibers compressed with water-soluble binding agents, once you’ve gotten all the use and love you can out of them, you just add them to your compost pile and the use and love continues! Pretty great right? We think so. These pots are one of many incredible and resourceful products we are going to be offering in our store, so all you green thumbs and plant junkies come over and pick up one or 10 (we don’t think you’ll be able to settle on just one of these beauties) for you and all your plant loving friends.