As hydroponic and aeroponic methods of growth have become increasingly popular in recent years. Many of those interested are hobbyists who are handy with a drill and hammer. These hobbyists, while not necessarily incorrect, tend to tackle these jobs on their own with a DIY mentality. While we support this kind of thinking, it has highlighted a problem in the industry.
Hydroponic and Aeroponic growing methods often rely heavily on varying plastics for both the tubing of the systems as well as various fittings and other apparatuses. Often looking for the cheapest option, hobbyists use PVC and other low quality materials/plastics to build their systems. The small amount of money saved in these transactions is usually lost several-fold by the time harvest rolls around, if it ever does. The dangers of using PVC for horticultural applications can be found here (linke).
This problem is completely unregulated by the horticultural industry, which has no standards for growing with plastics. So, we decided to come up with the solution ourselves. When designing our products, we decided that we would not cut any corners, and would stock the highest quality equipment available. With this philosophy, all of the equipment multiponics stocks is non-toxic, food grade plastic. In addition to this, the highest-end fittings carried by multiponics are made of bio-plastic from castor oil. This special material discourages biological build up, scum, and algal growth while remaining completely food safe and non toxic. This material is more than safe for plants, and does not pose any of the same dangers of low quality plastics or PVC.
We believe that anyone who is dedicated enough to grow their own should be dedicated enough to use non-toxic food grade plastics.