Gardening wholesaler Amevo and packaging system producer Modiform have together developed a lightweight pot for cultivating orchids. Not only is this new thermoformed 12 cm cultivation pot more than 25% lighter than existing injection molding pots, but it also ensures good drainage and aeration thanks to a hole located in the middle of the cone base. This pot meets the standards laid down for retailers to reduce plastic consumption. The new pot also makes table loading more efficient. What’s more, the pot can be integrated into virtually any automation system.
Director of Amevo, Folke van Dorp, said, ‘The central hole makes the pot ideal for orchid growers who have their young plants delivered as glue plugs. The hole in the cone base creates a sort of chimney effect, which helps the glue plug to dry better in the substrate during the cultivation phase.’ Modiform’s Commercial Manager, Mark Bertens, added, ‘Amevo came up with the idea of this thermoform solution on a visit to Modiform. We developed the product together, and Modiform manufactured it. Besides reducing the weight, we have improved the table loading in the nursery and ensured that this pot can be integrated into virtually any automation system. The transparent 17 or 25-hole pots are made of 100% recycled polypropylene material and can also be fully recycled again after use. The product is patented and Cyclos-certified, confirming it can be recycled through household waste. This pot is available exclusively from Modiform and Amevo on demand.’
Van Dorp has seen demand grow for lighter packaging in horticulture. Through Horizon2025, Modiform has set out an ambition to work with the entire supply chain to bring about sustainable change in the sector. And this new cultivation pot is a part of that. Van Dorp has also noticed that major retailers and garden centers are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. ‘Another important factor is how scarce raw materials are. By bringing fewer and lighter packaging materials into the supply chain, we are doing our bit. This lighter cultivation pot offers a lot of benefits.’