Centriforce Supports a Green-Fingered Business Idea that's Set for Growth
November 01, 2012 at 9:28 AM
A green-fingered entrepreneur from the West Midlands is aiming for rapid growth in more ways than one with a new invention that promises "amazing" results for growing plants and vegetables in conservatories, balconies and greenhouses.
Horticulturalist Andy Finch has developed his pioneering "Hanging Garden" hydroponic growing kit using recycled plastic from Centriforce, providing a truly 'green' solution as the plastic is made entirely from waste plastic bottles, carrier bags and film.
Marketed through a newly-launched website www.hanginggardenuk.com, the ready-to-assemble wall-mounted kits are constructed with troughs made from Centriforce plastic. They house Andy's specially-developed hydroponic system, providing a healthy and fertile environment for vegetables and plants.
Tried and tested at the Hanging Garden nursery and workshops in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, the hydroponics kits are producing astounding results, says Andy, "We have been overwhelmed by the quality and yield of plants grown in the Hanging Garden kits. Up to 100 plants can be grown quickly and easily in the systems. We have grown tomatoes and peppers from seed, for example, which have a soft texture and delicious taste.
"With the Hanging Garden method, we produce very high yields and the produce tastes much better than anything you would buy in a supermarket. The kits are ideal for people who want to grow fruit, veg or flowers on apartment balconies without the need to carry or dispose of heavy soil.
Constructed from Centriforce's recycled plastic profiles, the kit comprises four metre-long troughs and a tank. The Hanging Garden kits come complete with everything needed to set up an irrigated hydroponic growing system on a garden wall or in a conservatory or greenhouse.
Centriforce manufactures a range of plastic planks and sheeting at its Liverpool manufacturing centre, making useable products from waste plastic that would otherwise go to landfill or export.
"I was keen to use a fully recyclable material," adds Andy. "I researched the market and Centriforce was the only supplier that offered a robust product in a range of colours."
Said Centriforce Managing Director Simon Carroll: "Centriforce is always keen to encourage innovative new uses for its recycled plastic materials. We are very excited by the prospects for the Hanging Garden system. We wish Andy every success with his venture – and look forward to sampling the results!"