Question: Why is the Tower Garden™ plastic, and what kind of plastic is used?
Answer: The Tower Garden™ is a precision growing system. Much like owning a high quality blender or food processor, the Tower Garden cannot be made reliably and even sustainably with clay or earthen material. It is a step above the typical hydroponic systems which use Styrofoam or non-food-grade plastic.
The plastic is made from polycarbonate (food grade plastic). It is BPA free, and the best USDA approved plastic that you can buy.
The most important question is: will the plastic break down in the sun? If it breaks down in the sun there is leaching, so we took every effort to make sure this will not happen, and that this is a product that will last a lifetime. Tim Blank invested in double UV stabilizer to protect the plastic from breakdown and leaching. He also spent extra for opaque plastic, which helps keep roots cooler, keeps algae down, reflects light back to the plant, and keeps from inside-heating and breaking down.
Many people who worked on the product were from the health industry and took a great number of safety/health measures to make sure we had the BEST and HEALTHIEST technology on the market today, just like Juice Plus®!!