Eckert’s Greenhouse and Perennials in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has proven to be a leader in green garden retail.
The people at Eckert’s strive to deliver the best products and services to their customers while also keeping up with the current trends and plant introductions. Their commitment is to provide every gardener with the highest quality and selection of plants, from the rare and unusual to the preferred and popular. But that’s not all – Eckert’s also incorporates eco-friendly practices into their business routine.
Family owned and operated since 1957, Eckert’s strives to improve its carbon footprint by constantly challenging the industry to make improvements. In one year alone, 90 percent of the company’s products were planted in recyclable biodegradable containers, which were made out of recycled paper and cardboard.
In addition, Eckert’s improves its carbon footprint with beneficial bugs, recycling and electric carts. Retail beneficial includes all natural anti-drought plant treatments, environmentally-friendly fungicide and organic fungicide for lawns and gardens.
The company also organizes field trips for schools wanting to spend Earth Day or Arbor Day at a place where the students can learn about being green. Annually, Eckert’s hosts a free field trip to teach kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
The educational program at Eckert’s includes a tour of the greenhouse, green games, learning about how seeds become plants, hands-on planting, an earth-friendly snack and a seedling tree for the students’ classroom.
Jennifer Griffin, Contributing Writer and Public Relations, GreeningDetroit.com
Jennifer is pursuing a degree in Journalism and English from Wayne State University, and she is also a Contributing Writer for The South End.