Van den Bos is shipping nearly 1 million crates around the world filled with flower bulbs, packed in plastic bags yearly. Together with our customer Van den Bos, we have examined what we can do better to attain sustainable packaging.
The key developments towards sustainable packaging over the past 3 years are:
- For the crates Beekenkamp is using, 100% recycled plastic with no heavy metal contamination.
- With the help of Beekenkamp engineers, Van den Bos has gradually reduced the weight per crate, saving as a result, approximately 300.000 -kilo-plastic annually compared to 2015.
- Exported crates are recycled in the delivery country as much as possible. We are also looking for new options to give the crates a second life in other industries.
- Van den Bos and Beekenkamp are evaluating options to add ingredients such as grass to the plastic mix. This might sound fantastic at first, however, we still need to find out a way to keep up efficiency in the recycling process. We are also looking into the possibility of replacing plastics all together and use a 100% biodegradable alternative, which would decompose with the combination of UV light, water and oxygen.
- In the months to come, when processing the northern hemisphere crop 2018 and with the support of Beekenkamp, Van den Bos will make a trial run with biodegradable plastic bags. Van den Bos’s clients worldwide will receive test boxes. For easy identification, these will be colored green. Those plastic bags will be compostable and will be part of the green garbage of every nursery.