University of Guelph eco-friendly flower pots blossom in U.S. and Canada

Affordable, eco-friendly flower pots — made with University of Guelph technology — have hit the market. They’re on the shelves of 2,500 Kroger stores in the United States and 33 Lowe’s stores in Canada, and soon will be featured in Home Hardware stores.

The pots contain recycled plastics and up to 30 per cent bio-fibres. They were developed by a team led by Amar Mohanty, a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture and School of Engineering and director of U of G’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC).

The team included the U of G Catalyst Centre and industry collaborators Competitive Green Technologies and the Myers Industries Lawn and Garden Group.

The resin in the bio-composite pots is made of bio-fibres from miscanthus grasses but could also come from wood, oat hulls, soybean hulls or spent coffee grounds.

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