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The HC Companies introduces new biobased growing containers

July 9, 2021  By The HC Companies

3 and 4.5 inch BioPax growing containers

North American horticultural container manufacturer, The HC Companies, has expanded their sustainable offerings to include a new bio-based resin material.

By incorporating a sustainably sourced wood pulp material with no harmful PFAS or heavy metals in the production process, BioPax growing containers are manufactured using over 50 per cent of renewable biocontent that does not compromise the performance and integrity of the containers.

Additionally, they are non-GMO and non-toxic, and the material is part of the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, which focuses on developing and expanding markets for biobased products.


“As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, BioPax offers a new, fit-for-purpose alternative to the customers we serve,” says Bob Mayer, president and CEO of The HC Companies. “Plastic containers are still the standard for many growers. However, to better serve our industry, we also believe it is our responsibility to offer our customers an assortment of choices when it comes to growing containers.”

Currently available in 3 inch and 4.5 inch rounds, BioPax growing containers are designed for reuse. In addition, they can be more responsibly disposed of with other waste products as the material naturally breaks down with the aid of microorganisms without leaving behind any harmful microplastics.

“HC is proud to offer its customers a comparable and more sustainable alternative to the plastic containers so many growers are familiar with,” says Jessica Benoit, director of Sustainability Solutions at The HC Companies. “Consequently, consumers can feel positive knowing that their purchase is not contributing to the problems of overburdened landfills. It’s a win-win for everyone, and HC is just getting started.”

To help further differentiate BioPax growing containers in the market, they are offered in what is known as “EcoGreen” colouring. The containers have a unique swirl-like pattern caused by the material being blended into the bio-based colour.

“Rather than try and conceal the sustainable composition of our BioPax containers by adding colorants for consistency, this unique design, with no two containers looking the same, creates an earthy, untainted appearance which will undoubtedly appeal to today’s consumers,” adds Benoit.

BioPax growing containers will be presented at the upcoming Cultivate’21 trade show held in Columbus, Ohio on July 10 – 13, located at The HC Companies’ booth #1809

For more information on HC’s BioPax sustainable growing containers, visit


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