Okanagan company’s new cannabis grow system reduces environmental impact

Okanagan company’s new cannabis grow system reduces environmental impact

BlueSky Organics eliminate thousands of tons of environmentally harmful growing cubes from landfills

BlueSky Organics has launched a new cannabis growing system to the Canadian market with the potential to eliminate millions of tons of non-biodegradable growing materials from landfills.

With the high demand for cannabis, large companies looking to take advantage of a lucrative industry are building large-scale growing facilities. Large numbers of these facilities, operated by licensed producers, traditionally use a rockwool cube for growing cannabis plants. Rockwool cubes are fiberglass-like insulation cubes used to grow cannabis roots in a hydroponic-style system.

“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 BlueSky’s co-owner and director of R&D, Mary Horvatincic.

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According to BlueSky, the problem is, it takes a lot of rockwool to grow high volumes of cannabis. Rockwool does not break down in the landfill.

Matt Stromsten, co-founder and director of business development for BlueSky Organics, said a large producer with 1,000,000 square feet of grow space can use as much as 60, 40ft shipping container loads of rockwool each year. This results in substantial disposal fees for producers and landfills taking in materials that will never biodegrade or break down.

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BlueSky will be releasing this 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.


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