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Because no system is 100% sustainable, additional energy must be added. Restoration is the process of restoring a system to its original state. At TerraPax this means taking responsibility for the entire lifecycle four materials and products. Any TerraPax materials that are not compostable (hence restorative to the earth) will be reused in future production. We will offer the customer a 20% discount on a new TerraPax product for the return of this hardware, essentially purchasing back these materials.
Sustainability means taking care of our needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Concerning physical development and production, this means not adversely affecting the soil, air, or water. The plants that produce our fiber must grow without agrochemicals that have detrimental effects on the communities and ecosystems that come in contact with them.
Technically speaking nothing is sustainable. Entropy is at work in our environment and eventually takes its toll on every system. Some systems, however, require very little in the way of input to keep them producing, or need solar input that is as close to sustainable energy as is available. Agricultural products, when produced organically with sufficient biomass returned to the soil can, in theory, be harvested continually with little long-term degradation to conditions or yield. Sustainability is what we hope to achieve for our selections of materials.