What’s sustainability? And how can we measure it?

 

      Sustainability is a word that’s thrown around a lot in growing & production circles, but what does sustainability really mean? At Michael’s, we’ve been committed to reducing the use of harmful chemicals for years (we’ve been neonicotinoid free for nearly 9 years) but does that make our business sustainable? Furthermore, how can we measure our environmental impact from year to year? Enter MPS, a Netherlands-based organization that develops and manages sustainability certification for the growing industry by examining a variety of factors in production including water use, fertilization, recycling standards, and waste. MPS is currently active in 46 countries, with more than 3,000 growers participating in its sustainability certification program.

Rootshield, or trichoderma harzianum, is a natural, biological fungus that we use to help protect our plants during the growing process

      Michael’s is pleased to announce that as of January 25th, 2018, we are a part of this program and will receive our initial sustainability grade within the coming months. We’re excited to be participating as we continue to innovate and evolve our methods to achieve one of our strategic initiatives: protecting and preserving the planet that has afforded us all so much.

Learn more about MPS at  https://www.my-mps.com/en/

Learn more about Neonicotinoids and the effects they have on our environment here

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