Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In the Snow..........


The most frequently asked question is, "How do they hold up in the water?" After shoppers find that paper is one of the ingredients in the recipe of our product I find that it is a fair question. The paper is just a fiber source that is encased by portland cement and along with the filler perlite make up the product we call papercrete. I cannot say how long the product will hold up but we have had some of the pots in ground contact for several years without any deterioration. What we build each year once dry gets placed outside on pallets to suffer whatever Mother Nature throws at them. Containers built in the Fall are built for sale the following year so they are subjected to rain, snow, sleet, hail, and ice throughout the Winter. How do they hold up? About the same as the sidewalk in front of the house!!

2 comments:

  1. I am contemplating making a papercrete (or something close to that nature) bathtub/soaking tub. I am actually going to be making what many might name, a gypsy caravan, and wish to have a nice bathroom (the shower, tub, and sink are all going to be one system) within the trailer. Does it hold water well? Obviously, you hinted that it does, but for a large system? Is there any way to waterproof it to make sure it will hold up? Let me know if you have any information that might help.

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  2. Papercrete containers do not hold water. The product is permeable which contributes to it being able to withstand harsh weather conditions. I have encountered several people that are looking for a similar product as a custom sized sink substitute so you are not alone in your thinking. I have personally never tried to waterproof one since we use most as horticultural containers.

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