Plastic plant pot prices have spiked in Japan in recent weeks, as retailers and manufacturers scramble to sell the more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional pots that are increasingly used in household and commercial applications.
The rising price of plastic potware is particularly significant because of a shortage of plants that produce the chemical dioxins found in some plastic bags, said Yoshiko Kawamoto, an environmental and health policy analyst at Japan’s national environmental agency.
The government and consumer groups are scrambling to meet demand and supply shortages, and are encouraging consumers to buy more plastic plant potware, according to Yoshiko.
The government estimates it will need at least 10 million potware containers to meet its demand this year.
Pot plants are more efficient and produce cleaner, more environmentally-friendly plastic than the chemical pot used in disposable plastic bags.
The chemicals that make potting chemicals are generally less harmful than the chemicals found in dioxin-laced plastic bags that can be found in household goods.
The plastic plant, however, is often used in industrial or commercial applications where it is used to make packaging for plastics.
It can also be used for packaging in industrial applications, such as industrial coatings.
Pot production has been a concern for some manufacturers of pot products, and many say they have been forced to switch to more environmentally sustainable plastic because of shortages.
For example, some makers of pot packaging and potting equipment have been ordered to reduce the amount of plastic used in the production of the plant, or it will be thrown away, Kawamoto said.
The plant-to-pot plastic ratio in Japan has been increasing over the last several years, and has risen in recent months as manufacturers and retailers sought to fill the demand for plant pot products.
The rate of growth in plastic plant production has not slowed, however.
Kawamoto noted that some manufacturers have begun to use less plastic than previously, with some suppliers increasing the amount they use.
Companies are now selling more plastic plants for the same price, as they use more environmentally sensitive plant chemicals.
They also are using fewer potting plants.
The rise in plastic pot plant prices is in part due to the recent increase in production of dioxic dioxides from plastics, Kawami said.
The most widely used dioxiprene, dioxan-3, is one of the more harmful dioxidants found in plastics.
The plant-product dioxide has a half-life of 20 to 60 years, so it can persist for years in the environment.
Dioxins have been found in plastic products from plastic bottles, food wrappers and packaging, Kawamamoto said, and it is not yet clear whether the amount and duration of the dioxinos found in the diazin-3 can be measured.
The dioxines, Kawomaki said, have been linked to a range of health problems, including reproductive and developmental problems, cardiovascular and respiratory problems and cancer.
The health effects of diazinated plastic are unknown, but there are concerns that the effects could include a rise in obesity, Kawaman said.
Kawamoto said there are some cases of diphtheria and tetanus linked to plastic dioxinas.
The diphritos are caused by a bacterium called Plasmodium.
Plasmodia, a member of the genus Plasmonopora, is a species that grows naturally in the Pacific Ocean.
The plasmodine found in Plasmin-9, a form of dibenzofuran used to manufacture plastic, is believed to cause a severe form of tetanus in humans.
The toxin is highly toxic and causes symptoms that include a fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, blurred vision and diarrhea.
It is believed that Plasmo-9 can be passed from humans to other species.
It has been used as a pesticide and to prevent birds from mating, said Dr. Kazuo Yamada, director of the International Center for Tropical Health Research in Japan, in an interview.
The new plant pot pricing could affect consumers, Yamada said.
He said consumers should consider what they want to do with the plant pot.
The price can be an important part of the price, he said.