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June 5, 2023

Figaro’s Garden Low Waste Growing Supplies

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Figaro’s Garden’s Low Waste Growing Supplies are soils, amendments, fertilizers, and gardening supplies carefully selected for quality, effectiveness, and value, and packaged in responsible, plastic-free packaging. The products include custom-blended indoor and specialty potting soils, fertilizers and amendments, and bird feed.

Why Low Waste Growing?

For years, we’ve been actively working to reduce our footprint by making responsible purchasing decisions and recycling soft plastics, styrofoam, and other non-curbside-recycleable items. But we wanted to do more.

Frustrated by the amount of waste in our industry, we’re moving toward eliminating plastic and single-use disposables wherever possible.

Packaging our most popular products in recycled paper, returnable glass, and compostable burlap is one positive step we can take to help create change.

The benefits of the Low Waste Growing Supplies program goes beyond reducing our footprint, however. We’re thrilled that, through this program, we’re also able to offer you a better product at a better price. It’s a win-win-win: Better product. Better Price. Lower Waste.

About our Low Waste Growing products

We’ve sourced—and in some cases, custom created—products that we use ourselves and stand behind. We love these products and think you will be thrilled with the results, too. They include:

Burgundy label reading "Aroid Blend"

Specialty potting soils

Custom-blended potting blends designed for exceptional drainage and to support healthy root development and top growth:

A turquoise label reading CharcoalSoil amendments

Our must-have amendments to support a variety of growing conditions and requirements:


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Our favourite slow-release fertilizers for indoor and outdoor use:


Orange label for Low Waste Growing All-Purpose Organic Fertilizer

Liquid Fertilizers

Two essential liquid fertilizers for delivering instantly available nutrients:


label of all-season bird food from Figaro's Low Waste Growing lineWildlife Support

Quality bird feed for your feathered friends:


How to recycle, return, or reuse your Low Waste Growing packaging


Outdoor potting soils are packaged in burlap, which can be composted in Vancouver green bins or reused in the garden.


Liquid fertilizers are packaged in returnable, refillable glass jars. Reuse or recycle your jar at home, or return it to Figaro’s to receive 10% off your refill.

Recycled paper

We package our dry fertilizers, amendments, and specialty potting blends in recycled paper bags that are 60% compostable and 40% biodegradable. These bags are lined with PLA, a biodegradable, corn-based material that strengthens and improves the durability of the bag. While PLA is compostable in many jurisdictions, it is not yet accepted in Vancouver’s green bin program. Please responsibly dispose of these bags by placing them in the trash, or reusing them in the garden.

Our commitment

We recognize that there’s always more to do when it comes to sustainability. Reducing plastic in our packaging is a small step, but it is one we’re proud to have made. We commit to continuing to seek opportunities to reduce waste, both in our packaging, and in our operations.

We commit to:

  • continuous learning and improvement
  • promoting responsible plant choices
  • promoting biodiversity and pollinator support
  • providing education in support of creating more sustainable gardens
  • making sustainable and responsible purchasing decisions
  • addressing climate change through operational improvements
  • reducing waste towards the goal of becoming a Zero Waste company

Learn more about Low Waste Growing

Interested in learning more about how and why we’re making the shift towards zero waste? Hear from Figaro’s Garden owner Hartley Rosen on the launch of our Low Waste Growing Supplies program.




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