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Scotts Vs. Terracycle June 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — stoatmax @ 5:42 am

I recently read about the travesty that is Scotts lawsuit against Terracycle.

For those who don’t know, Terracycle is a small, New Jersey based company. It was started bye Tom Szaky and  Jon Beyer, both freshmen at Princeton at the time. Their product is mainly liquified “worm poop” which is bottled in recycled plastic containers.

As taken from wikipedia:

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently sued TerraCycle for copyright infringement and false advertising. Scotts claims that TerraCycle’s packaging takes from designs and shapes from Scotts products. Scotts, in the 177-page lawsuit, also claims that TerraCycle falsely advertises the superiority of its products.

In response to the lawsuit, TerraCycle and affiliates launched an internet and media campaign to bring attention to the lawsuit. The central website,, paints the lawsuit in David and Goliath terms, claiming that the lawsuit is simply the big company picking on the little guy.

I also have an article on the subject, which I found very powerful.

Because of the awful intentions of Scotts, I’ve decided to completely stop my use of the fertilizer.

I’ve also decided to try Terracycle fertilizer, to help support this small company.

I suggest you do the same.

In lighter subject, we’ve harvested our first cucumber. We plan on making cucumber and onion salad.


3 Responses to “Scotts Vs. Terracycle”

  1. red Says:

    I just read a study about scott’s versus Terracycle for price per NPK point. Miracle gro beat Terracycle by price in MAGNITUDES.

    That absolutely doesn’t excuse Scott’s ridiculous litigious and business practices.

  2. stoatmax Says:

    Obviously not. Because of the sleazy practices and bad attitude of Scotts, studies like that make no difference to a good gardener.

  3. hydroponica Says:

    Exactly. If you’ve got a superior product, better name recognition, and several times the annual gross income, you don’t need to be trying to stomp the guts out of the little guy.

    You should know, though, that the lawsuit was settled awhile back and the suedbyscotts website is closed down.

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