Replantable's plant pads now fully biodegradable and compostable

Replantable has spent nearly a year trying to find a combination of materials for the plant pads in their nanofarm that wouldn't degrade and fall apart during a couple months, but would still be biodegradable in the long run. As of last week, they've mastered the balancing act. The new design of the plant pads holds up inside the nanofarm, and will degrade fully in one year in a healthy compost heap or in a municipal composting facility.

New materials
The new plant pads are made of layers of paper, minerals, and wax. The functionality of the plant pad remains the same. It still wicks water to hydrate seeds, provides aeration to the roots, releases nutrients slowly over the grow cycle, fights the growth of algae and mold, and limits excess evaporation of water. It just does all these things with a new set of materials.

The company intends the nanofarm to be a viable alternative to buying industrially-grown produce from the grocery store. They feel that it's their duty to make sure nanofarming is not just as sustainable as our current food system, but more sustainable. With plant pads now being biodegradable, they feel they've closed the cycle.

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