Echter's Efforts Toward Sustainability
Sustainability: Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs for health, prosperity and happiness.
In 2011, Echter's replaced all of the T12 fluorescent fixtures in our store with new, high-efficient T8 lamps. This reduced our energy consumption by 30% for our store lighting. When we say our lighting is brighter, it has more than one meaning. We have replaced our single layer roof covering with double and triple-wall covers and reducing nighttime temperatures when possible saving over 40% of our winter fuel consumption.
Most of our pots are made from recycled
product. We can continue to recycle them We will take back the containers of every
plant we sell. Bring the item back to us during store hours and place it in the
recycle bin in the front of the nursery. Some of the items we can clean
and use internally. With other items we have made arrangement
through the Garden Centers of Colorado to have the plastic pots picked up and
processed for recycling here in Colorado. This helps keep plastic out of the
Echter's recycles our cardboard, plastic and paper whenever we can for the items we consume internally.
Echter's offers earth-friendly options in the products we sell. We have the expertise to tell you what the safest products are and which ones are also effective.
Fox Farm's Ocean Forest is the ultimate potting soil—everything your plants
need, in one bag. It's a blend of earthworm castings, bat guano, and sea-going
fish and crab meal. Composted forest humus, sandy loam, and sphagnum peat moss
give Ocean ForestŪ its light, aerated texture.
We encourage you to get into composting your yard waste. Our soils are typically low in organic material and benefit greatly from yearly additions of compost. We teach classes each year on composting. We sell compost bins and compost starter.
The Earth Machine Composter holds 10 cu ft of compost. It has vents to control the airflow. It's made from recycled plastic and has an easy, snap-together assembly. Pins hold it to the ground to resist wind.
Trees are Cool!
In one year an average tree
produces enough oxygen for a family of four, for one year.