Current Leading Substrates
Growing substrates are a major burden on our planet and contribute to many of the issues we experience in today’s environment. As the global population is perpetually expanding, demand for leading substrates concurrently increases, placing even greater strain on the environment.
Peatlands are a type of wetland that are critical for preventing and mitigating the effects of climate change, preserving biodiversity, minimizing flood risk, and ensuring safe drinking water.
Peatlands are a significant nature-based solution to combat climate change and achieve other sustainable development goals.
Super Peat, Hero or Villain?
Peatlands are the largest natural terrestrial carbon store.They store more carbon than all other vegetation types in the world combined.
Drained peatlands and degrading activities are estimated to release 1.9 gigatons of CO2e annually. This accounts for 5% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
Stone wool is potentially worse for the environment and users than peat.
It is manufactured at over 2,000℃ through a process that heavily pollutes the environment and areas surrounding the manufacturing plants. Health concerns are relevant for those handling the product.
This product is a one-use-only product and does not break down in landfills, polluting the earth even further through its disposal.
Recycling options are also polluting, taking a product that is already bad for the environment and making it even worse.
www.toxicrockwool.com/pages/planned-toxic-emissions for more information
Manufacturing is destructive to the environment, as well as harmful to the people working in the manufacturing plants. The physical nature of coconut coir is inconsistent, will degrade with time and may contain salt and chemical residues from the manufacturing process.
Recently, biochar has been hailed as a product that can significantly combat climate change while being used as a growing media supplement.
Although biochar is a good tool to fight climate change, at best, some biochars can be used to reduce the use of other growing mediums like peat moss by up to 20% before they become toxic to the plant.
Biochar is a byproduct of pyrolysis or gasification, a process of anaerobically burning organic materials and waste, typically for energy production. As a byproduct, the durability and chemistry of biochar varies depending on the front-end feedstock used to power the pyrolysis process. This inconsistency leads to varying qualities of biochar, and confusion in the growing industry.
Mixture By Volume < 20%
Biochar is severely limited by its chemistry, physical makeup, and consistency
Biochar becomes toxic to plants at certain concentrations
Biochar is not a solution for the displacement of peat, coconut coir, or stone wool
Soon-to-be legacy products are not consistent due to manufacturing practices or varying global feedstock. Inconsistencies lead to pests, disease, and greatly increase the risk of contamination.
Pure Life Carbon’s Advanced Carbons
Purpose-designed Advanced Carbons are manufactured from upstream primary product outputs
Advanced Carbon Soil Augment for Turf Management or Blended Substrates which can be blended up to 40% by volume
A stand-alone growing substrate to replace current and legacy products like Peat Moss, Coconut Coir, and Stone Wool
To enhance or support the use of Advanced Carbon products. New technologies such as containers, propagation mediums, and sensors
Unsolvable Problems – Solved
Pests & Bugs
Pests and bugs are one of the top crop killers in the world. PLC’s Advanced Carbon products drastically decrease the risks associated with bugs and pests.
Pests & Bugs
Organics in soil or soilless growing mediums are food for pests
Pests & Bugs
The physical environment of growing mediums are friendly and comfortable for them to live in
Pests & Bugs
Pests target plant roots within growing medium
Advanced Carbons do not contain an accessible food source for pests
The glass-like and sharp surfaces of the interior cavities of PLC’s Advanced Carbons create a dangerous environment for pests to live in or move through while attempting to feed on plant roots
Plant roots are inaccessible to pests in Advanced Carbons