Plastics, Quality and Mission
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.
This problem is completely unregulated by the horticultural industry, which has no standards for growing with plastics. So, we decided to be part of the solution. 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.
Quality of Goods
Our ethic should be immediately apparent after viewing the products sold by multiponics. We do not sell the standard equipment which is stocked by nearly every other grow or hydro store. The equipment we stock is of the highest, uncompromising quality, and is the absolute latest and most-advanced equipment available. If better technology were available, we would be using it and stocking it. We have taken the basic ideas discovered and evangelized by Richard stoner and NASA and have improved upon them to bring the most cutting-edge horticultural equipment and concepts to the individual and commercial markets.
We are a "Green" Company
While we are not yet officially certified by any third-party organization, we consider ourselves a very ecologically-conscious and environmentally-friendly company. We reuse whatever we can around our office, and we recycle all recyclable materials. We go through extremely small amounts of disposable materials, and all staff members either carpool or ride bikes to and from work. Our demand on electricity in the office is relatively-small as well, and we grow various plants around the office. Obviously, we grow these using aeroponic means, reducing the demand for water as well as nutrients by up to 90% as compared to conventional growing techniques. We use only the highest quality plastics, some of which are bio-plastics based on biological materials that have minimal environmental impact.
Multiponics Ethic and Mission
Multiponics is far from just another grow store or hydro shop. Multiponics was formed with the intention of bringing the most advanced horticultural science to both the consumer and commercial markets. We do not heavily market high-volume or high-grossing items because the primary focus of multiponics does not revolve around these sales. We aim to raise industry standards through technological innovation and independent research. The entirety of multiponics staff has a sincere passion to change the way that the world food system works, and this passion reflects itself in everything that we do. We carry nothing short of the highest quality equipment we can design, and hope our customers share this uncompromising will for quality. We strive to be the very best at what we do, and we believe we are well-deserving of the title the of "world authority on cutting-edge horticultural equipment and methodology."