Here at Ecowick we take the ecological and social impact of our designs seriously. We know that our planters and wicking beds will be used, enjoyed, and at some point discarded. That's why we only use materials that can be later recycled or naturally decomposed and are made of up-cycled materials. Our design methodology inserts into the circular cooperative economy.
Up-cycling means we take outputs from other industries and use them to create new functional products. Recycling, on the other hand, uses lots of energy to break down waste products, and reshape them into things of lesser quality.
Our planter vessels are made of food-grade HDPE, high-density polystyrene, which is a long-lasting heavy-duty plastic used and discarded in food transportation. So no dangerous chemicals have been in contact with them. This material can be recycled but up-cycling it is much more efficient and logical as there is less wasted energy in reprocessing, reshaping, and further transportation of the material.
For some of our products we use recovered palings from Australian red cedar, it was a crime cutting down those magnificent trees, the least we can do is use its beautiful long-lasting timber properly.
We also use hessian sacks from the coffee industry which are made of Jute - a fibrous plant that naturally decomposes at the end of its lifespan.
All of our products make use of the up-cycling process, with most using 90% up-cycled materials. We calculate the percentage of our up-cycling by weight and quantity used in each product. We also use small amounts of other recyclable materials like copper and steel and in a lesser quantity PVC and nylon. We're working towards avoiding those materials completely. We like to think we’re smart but we’re not geniuses, so we haven’t quite cracked that one... yet! We are always innovating and making improvements to our products to make them more sustainable and efficient.