Garden Tower Project Wins National Green Business Award

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Garden Tower Project wins Green America’s People and Planet Award, which is given to innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. Garden Tower Project was chosen because of its container garden, the Garden Tower 2 (GT2.)

"We are honored to be chosen as a winner, and will use part of the award to fund R&D efforts toward utilizing sugar cane-based plastics to manufacture the GT2," --Kristi Armes, Garden Tower Project.

Garden Tower Project won Green America’s Winter 2016 People and Planet Award. The $5,000 award is given to innovative U.S. small businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. Garden Tower Project was chosen because of its container garden, the Garden Tower 2 (GT2.)

The GT2 container garden is already known as one of the best practices in food sustainability by making growing organic vegetables a reality in locations that have never before been capable of nourishing plants, like flat rooftops, concrete slabs and ordinary decks. By growing plants vertically in a soil based system it enables one to grow 50 plants or more in just 4 square feet without the use of electricity.

Already committed to reducing waste, reusing resources and upcycling, the GT2 has a perforated compost center column that allows for vermicomposting. Now Garden Tower Project is working to become the first company worldwide in the garden industry producing a large durable product with fossil-free HDPE as an highly durable, long-lasting, and recyclable alternative to petroleum-based HDPE plastic.

This fossil-free HDPE is produced with carbon, which is 97 percent harvested from the atmosphere by the sustainable farming of sugar cane. Even after transportation to the manufacturing facility, the raw material sequesters more atmospheric carbon than is released during its production. The use of a renewably-sourced plastic, combined with the purchase of renewable energy for manufacturing, will allow Garden Tower Project to produce the garden solutions, which have a verified positive impact on the climate, water and human health.

"We are honored to be chosen as a winner of the Green America award! We will use part of the award to fund our R&D efforts toward utilizing sugar cane based plastics to manufacture the GT2 in the future. The remainder will be used toward local food and community initiatives," said Kristi Armes, business manager at Garden Tower Project.

Learn more at http://gardentowerproject.com and follow on Twitter @TheGardenTower and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GardenTowerProject.

About Garden Tower Project LLC: A socially responsible business concept based in Bloomington, Ind. Garden Tower Project strives to ensure easy availability of fresh, organic food, particularly for people who lack access to growing space. Garden Tower Project has been recognized by the International Design Awards for excellence in Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation. Garden Towers are now being used to grow food in all 50 states, Canada, Europe and Australia.

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA
Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org.

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