As a market leader in transport packaging, Royal FloraHolland has a responsibility to reduce waste, which includes plastic waste. That is why they, together with 85 other leading companies and organizations, signed the Plastic Pact NL. Yme Pasma (COO) explains how the floriculture industry can make transport and product packaging more sustainable.
The main goal of Plastic Pact NL is to reduce the environmental effects of single-use plastics as much as possible.
The Plastic Pact has formulated four specific objectives for 2025:
- 20% less material for single-use trays (or less usage);
- new trays consisting of a minimum of 35% recycled plastic;
- 70% of the trays will return via recycling; and
- 100% is recyclable.
According to Yme, "we already obtained two of these objectives". "We use 100% recyclable material and the new single-use packaging already contains 90% recyclable plastic. 50% of the new single-use trays is already being recycled. We will surely get to 70%. The first objective, using 20% less material for single-use trays, is the biggest challenge."