Practices & Products
Midwest Trading prides itself in the use and sale of green products. Raw materials,
such as rice hulls, pine and hardwood bark, mushroom compost and landscape compost
are all examples of waste products from other industries that are utilized in
the production and sale of finished goods. Tens of thousands of cubic yards of
these types of materials are utilized by Midwest Trading annually and passed
along as quality products for our customers.
Midwest Trading is proud to be involved in
erosion control, stormwater management, and shoreline
restoration by providing ecologically sound solutions to these problems
the Envirolok™ vegetated retaining wall system. Used in conjunction
with natives, this system is also effective in Rain
Garden and Detention Basin applications. Once installed and established,
the native plants
improve water quality and help restore diminishing wildlife
As an authorized Aquascape Pro Distributor,
Midwest Trading is able to provide the RainXchange™ System
to contractors interested in helping their customers capture and
reuse rainwater. Capturing and reusing rainwater helps reduce runoff
as well as reducing demand on municipal systems. Additionally, rainwater
is rich in nutrients and can be used onsite for irrigation even
during periods when watering schedules have been imposed.
GREEN BUILDING SUPPLIER
Midwest Trading and Midwest Groundcovers are both
actively involved in supplying and supporting the green roof
and green wall markets.
Midwest Trading also supports this market by supplying
various specially blended soil media that include natural
compost materials. Green roofs
and roof gardens reduce runoff, lower ambient air
temperatures, reduce air and ozone pollutions, provide a natural
habitat for insects, birds,
and small animals and improve site aesthetics.
ELECTRONIC CATALOG AND EMAIL
WATER CONSERVATION AND CONTROL
Over the past several years, in an effort to reduce the amount of paper consumed
annually, Midwest Trading has steadily moved towards electronic versions of our
annual catalog. Although printed catalogs are available, many of our customers
have requested the electronic version of the catalog. Additionally, work has
begun on implementing a CD version as well.
Midwest Trading also offers electronic billing
services for our customers. Instead of printing
invoices, statements, etc. on paper and mailing
them, we can electronically
email these documents saving paper and mailing expenses. Please take advantage
of this service which directly impacts our usage of natural resources.
Call 630-365-1990 for more information.
All three Midwest Trading
locations are active in water conservation and
control programs. More than 90%
of rain and irrigation water is contained onsite
for reuse in nursery operations in our St Charles
Virgil locations. Native plants act as
in vegetative swales and a silting pond which
improves the quality of the runoff before the water
detention basins. In our Ottawa location, storm
water runoff is controlled in accordance with the
strict guidelines provided by the Illinois Environmental
Within the Midwest Trading and Midwest Groundcovers
offices, reusable dishes and utensils are supplied
in order to reduce the amount of waste produced from
daily meetings and lunch hours. Both in the offices
and in the production facilities, glass, plastic,
newspapers, and aluminum are sorted and recycled.
In 2009, Midwest Trading invested in a hydraulic
bailing machine and bails and recycles plastic wrapping
materials used in the delivery of raw materials (I.e.
the plastic wrapping used for peat moss bales). Several
full semi loads of compressed plastic has been recycled
annually through this program – material that
otherwise would have been dumped in landfills. Not
only is the material recycled, the cost of dumpsters
and dumping the material has been avoided.