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A Very Plastic Free July

The Lettuce Grow Team | JULY 22, 2020

In honor of Plastic-Free July, we’re sharing some insights on how we’ve set out to reduce waste - and some ideas on how you can join the movement.

Recycled and Repurposed

When we set out to design Farmstands, we held ourselves to a high standard. Not only did we want a groundbreaking hydroponic design, but we also wanted to leave behind a minimal environmental footprint. Ultimately, we ended up striving for even more, manufacturing Farmstands using plastic milk jugs that were once destined for the ocean. To date, over 456,106 milk jugs have been given a new purpose, helping families grow fresh, nutrient-dense produce. The best part? Our materials are FDA-approved, food-safe and CA Prop 65 compliant, meeting the country’s highest non-toxic standards.

Although it is designed to last a long time, we did take into consideration its life coming to an end. This is why every Farmstand is 100% recyclable, as is our packaging. No love for the landfills here!

Playing Your Part

We all have a role to play in going plastic-free, and there’s no better time to start than now. Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered.

The Last Straw

Invest in a colorful reusable water bottle and easy-to-wash straws. Some reusable straws even fold up, so you can take them on the go with ease. Be sure to plan ahead and fill your water bottle before you head out the door. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to eliminating single-use plastic bottles and straws.

It's In the Bag

You may already take reusable bags to the grocery store, but don’t underestimate the rest of their potential. Take them to clothing stores, libraries, hardware stores and other retailers that use plastic bags. We recommend options that fold into compact pouches, so you can store them in small spaces for easy access. Plus, smaller reusable bags are worth the investment, too. Try reusable silicone bags to store food in your fridge or on the go. Beeswax works just as well.


This one’s easy for a Farmstand grower. Try to choose fruits and veggies that aren’t shrinkwrapped in the store. The good news? Your harvest has no plastic in sight.

Remember, you don’t need to use the plastic bags available in-store to bag up any loose fruits or veggies on your list. Try soft, reusable mesh bags to keep produce finds feeling comfy.