How PittMoss Helps Gardeners be Sustainable
The EPA reports that water managers in 40 of 50 states expect water shortages in the next 10 years. PittMoss can help. It's made with a unique engineered fiber that has superior water-holding qualities. Its physical properties stop the water from running off, and instead, store the water to release it back to the plant when needed. Not only does it increase the time between watering, it also manages the water more efficiently.
PittMoss is made from engineered up-cycled cellulosic fibers, like newspaper, that would ordinarily end up in a landfill, and specifically engineered to provide optimal management of applied resources, like water. It also has an incredible wettability, water retention, and availability. This makes for better use of resources by storing and delivering it to your plants as they need it, and reducing runoff.
Peat is harvested from peatlands, which are considered the world's largest terrestrial organic carbon stock. When drained, they release both carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Draining a peat bog the size of a football field releases as much carbon dioxide as driving a car three times around the planet! Peatlands are also important and fragile ecosystems -- hubs for rich bio-diversity.
PittMoss is a revolutionary product designed as a plant growing substrate that practices a more, responsible use of our natural resources. It has no toxic components; and its unique properties reduce reliance on surfactants, fertilizers, and other chemical additives. It also doesn't contain any seeds, insects, wetting agents, or other impurities.
PittMoss holds onto any applied inputs. Similar to its ability to retain water, it reduces the amount of leaching that would typically occur, and reduces both phosphorous and nitrogen runoff. It will avoid using 97,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide; 195 million gallons of water; 2.9 million grams of nitrogen; and 780,000 grams of phosphorous.