There’s gardening news to share, and also, it’s my Mom’s birthday today (Happy Birthday, Mom!), so I had myriad other plans for today’s installment of gardening fun and frivolity.
But one of my legacies from Mom (and from Dad, but it’s not his birthday…) is that I am quick to anger and subsequent action when injustice is present. Mom’s fostered that, and lives it herself — after all, as she’ll tell you, she’s an Oberlin graduate. So instead of a sappy birthday post, or a chatty update about what’s happening in my yard, I ask you to bear with me as I raise a little awareness.
It seems that The Man has infringed in the gardening world. The good women of Garden Rant brought to my attention that Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has sued TerraCycle, a company that I believe I also discovered through Garden Rant. TerraCycle may be one of the world’s only negative-impact companies: they create eco-friendly garden products by letting worms munch on garbage, then selling the worm poop in a variety of different incarnations (seed starter, fertilizer, etc.). They package their product in recycled plastic bottles gleaned from the abundance of soda ingested in this country every day. They even help charities raise money by collecting said bottles, which TerraCycle then reuses to hold their fine product.
Scotts is apparently claiming that the TerraCycle product packaging could confuse consumers who might mistake WORM POOP on a label for TOXIC CHEMICALS. Scotts thinks consumers are stupid, and so they’re taking TerraCycle to the mat.
I remember thinking, when I learned about the company last year, that TerraCycle had a brilliant concept and what seemed to be a fabulous product. I meant to locate some locally to use on the garden this year, but hadn’t managed to do it yet. Now, I’m resolved — I’ll find some this weekend, and if no one carries it locally, I’m ordering it instead. This is a business model and a company worth supporting, and I’d hate to see them brought down by The Man.
So…check out TerraCycle’s blog about the lawsuit, and if you’re moved to action, I encourage you to buy some of their product to use on your garden. Think of it as a birthday present to all the Moms out there (but especially to mine) — you’ll be saving the planet, supporting something cool, fostering justice in our society AND sticking it to a bully, all at the same time.