Trifecta is a relatively sustainable product overall, but the company that makes it does not prioritize transparency. For a commercial grower who simply wants to produce an organic product and avoid the licensing process for applying other pesticides, Trifecta is potentially the best choice. A gardener who prioritizes sustainable practices may find it preferable to create their own solution using essential oils from plants that they grew themselves, however. It is also worth noting that an all-in-one product is wasteful to begin with since some of the resources that went into its production will inevitably go toward targeting a problem that does not exist in order to remediate one that does. Trifecta crop control is somewhat sustainable because it provides an effective alternative to its environmentally destructive counterparts. The product falls short of an entirely positive appraisal because the company that makes it leaves too much to the imagination for consumers to have full confidence in the sustainability of their purchase.
Trifecta crop control comes in a recyclable PETE plastic spray bottle. It contains water, alcohol, soap, and essential oils. It works by dissolving the wax coating on soft bodied insects and forming a film on them that blocks their respiratory system. It kills mites through the same process. Trifecta also destroys fungi by disrupting their cell membranes. The solution evaporates a few hours after spraying and leaves no residue that could harm beneficial insects. Its ingredients are far more sustainable than the environmentally harmful chemicals that systemic and foliar pesticides are usually made of. Essential oil production is resource intensive however, since it takes a relatively large quantity of organic material to make a small amount of essential oil. The most sustainable way to garden or farm would be to attract beneficial insects using permaculture techniques such as planting certain companion plants, but trifecta is far more sustainable than most alternatives if an infestation has progressed beyond preventative measures being feasible.
The Trifecta website offers no information about how its product is made or who its supplier is, but a glance at the bottle that Crop Control comes in may offer more insight. Crop Control is manufactured by InventeK Colloidal Cleaners. InventeK is a chemical formulation and manufacturing company based in New Jersey. It specializes in using colloidal chemistry to make non-toxic, biodegradable alternatives to common chemical products. Colloidal solutions consist of micelles (molecule clusters) suspended in a solution. According to InventeK, it produces products with smaller micelles in order to increase the effectiveness of its products because the smaller micelles can remain suspended in order to provide a more uniform solution. Smaller micelles are also better able to permeate surfaces. This means Trifecta Crop Control will eliminate pests and fungal infections more efficiently than an otherwise identical product with larger micelles. A more efficient product requires fewer resources to acheive the same effect, which makes Trifecta more sustainable than an otherwise identical product with larger micelles. Unfortunately, the InventeK website goes into no further detail on the manifacturing process. The lack of detail may be reasonable if InventeK’s process for making better colloids is a company secret, but the company should at least offer more information about how its sourcing is sustainable, since this claim appears on its website.
Trifecta offers no information on its sustainability beyond details about the product itself. This lack of transparency is not unusual for an agricultural product, but the company could easily improve its credibility with consumers who care about sustainability by offering more information. The product was primarily developed for cannabis growers, and many will be happy to use it based only on the fact that unlike many pesticides, it does not require any registration or license to apply to crops. The company website may lack transparency because there are few alternatives to the product for commercial scale growers and farmers who want an all-in-one solution to pests and mold while maintaining an organic certification. If these people are Trifecta’s main customers, there is little incentive for the company to focus resources on building a more visibly sustainable brand. The Trifecta website is far more focused on the product than the company that makes it. The website’s “About” section is exceedingly generic apart from the statement “We Don’t Fear the PC Culture”, which seems very ambiguous without context and random to include. Trifecta may be a sustainable company, but this is impossible to determine given their lack of effort to provide the necessary information.