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CJ Orchids switches to bio-based plugs from Organic Shapes

CJ Orchids has made a sustainable choice to switch to the 4-star bio-based plugs of Organic Shapes from Wateringen, the Netherlands, as of January 1, 2023. Organic Shapes' plugs are certified bio-based plugs. "By switching to these plugs, CJ Orchids is taking an important next step in the further sustainability of its products."

Arie Verdoorn van CJ Orchids in the greenhouse with the young plants.

Last summer Organic Shapes was the first in the world to obtain the "OK bio-based" 4-star certificate from TŪV AUSTRIA for all its stabilized substrates. Besides optimal growth of its young plants, this was an important reason for CJ Orchids to choose Organic Shapes.

"We are very happy with the new bio-based plugs from Organic Shapes," says Arie Verdoorn of CJ Orchids, "We went through an extensive testing phase and came to the conclusion that this plug fits perfectly with our aim to minimize the ecological footprint for our products. In addition, the high-quality plugs give very uniform crop growth and optimal rooting. And the fact that the price of the bio-based plugs is comparable to other plugs in this segment is remarkable," Arie notes. "Normally, bio-based products are more expensive than comparable products with a fossil backbone," Arie knows. "By choosing the bio-based plugs from Organic Shapes, we are doing our part in making the world a more sustainable place!...the future of our children is at stake."

Erik de Ruiter of Organic Shapes is very pleased with CJ Orchids as a new customer.

"Phalaenopsis places high demands on the substrate in which it must take root as a small tissue culture plant. Phalaenopsis shows immediately when it is not comfortable in the medium, and correcting it means growth retardation or even failure! Our plugs are used for initial rooting from seed, cuttings, or tissue culture and are very decisive for the quality of the plant in the subsequent phase of propagation. With a test phase of 1.5 years with Arie, our bio-based plug has clearly proven itself", says Erik.

For more information:
Erik de Ruiter
Organic Shapes
De Lierseweg 9
2291 PD Wateringen
Tel.: +31 (0)6 3004 0868
[email protected] 

CJ Orchids BV
Jacob Ekelmansstraat 46
5311BA Gameren
Tel.: +31 (0) 418 745 700
[email protected]

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