Packaging

Research into the quality of drainage water in soil-bound crops

In 2030 all Dutch growers will have to reuse the drainage water in their greenhouse. But with soil-bound crops, much is still unknown about the quality of that water. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research is investigating the quality of…

A video of Flowers of Colombia

Colombian flowers share their story

"Dear world, can you see us?" With this sentence, the recently launched video of Flowers of Colombia starts. In less then one minute, they tell the story out of the perspective of the flowers grown in Colombia and nurtured by 140,000 Colombian workers. "Allow us to bring smiles and harmony to the world."…

Syngenta seeks to reduce carbon intensity with packaging innovations

To improve sustainability across its supply chain, Syngenta recently announced a $2 billion investment in sustainable agriculture. Part of this investment will go toward packaging innovations. “Things like reducing the weight of plastic in containers, moving plastics and products in bulk, and cutting the…

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Floral Industry, considered as essential or non-essential?

First it was the panic buying of toilet rolls, then staples like rice, pasta and meat — now it's spread to the nursery industry as demand for edible plants and seeds heats up…

Special storage boxes as a solution to reduce cut flowers waste

While cut flower growers are facing unprecedented market conditions in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, most professionals saw these heartbreaking images of large quantities of stems sent directly to waste. As some species are set to reach their peak season very soon (especially tulips), it appears that…

US (CA): A-ROO Company California Office and Warehouse moved to Vista

The A-ROO Company California office has grown quite a bit since they opened the doors in 2004. The company quickly outgrew its original location's available warehouse space and purchased the available suite next door shortly thereafter. They’ve continued to grow over the past years and have now…

Van Belle Nursery first in North America to use ocean-saving "Flow Pot"

As of April 13, 2020, Van Belle Nursery will be the first company in North America to deliver a live goods program using the new environmentally and socially responsible “Flow Pot” by CTi Plastic, made entirely from recycled plastic collected from river and ocean-bound sources, as well as post-consumer…

"Solar energy can do more than make plants grow"

One percent more light is one percent more production - it's a popular statement in horticulture. However, the sun has more value than that, that’s what they think at Arcon-Sunmark. At the HortiContact, they explained how solar thermal energy can be appealing to greenhouse horticulture. "Certainly thanks…

Which plant tray is the most sustainable?

Nowadays, there are many plant trays to choose from: reusable, single-use plastic or cardboard. What is the environmental impact of these types of packaging? Royal FloraHolland carried out independent research. What were the results? Cardboard plant trays score better than single use plastic trays.…

Desch Plantpal interviews Yme Pasma, COO Royal FloraHolland

"RFH almost met most of the targets of the Plastic Pact for 2025"

A small country can play a big role: a third of the world's trade in plants and flowers takes place via the Netherlands. Besides involving considerable logistics, this also brings a huge responsibility to reduce waste – including plastic. Earlier this year, 86 leading companies and organisations signed…

NL: Baas Nursery happy with household waste plastic

Baas Nursery’s hanging pots and growing pots have always been made from recycled plastic, at the explicit request of the company. Now Baas has raised the bar; from now on, the company only wants to use recyclable pots made from household waste. The recyclable pots used by Baas Nursey up to now have been detectable…

D-GradeBIO outperforms orange peel and paper degradation

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has studied how compostable plastics behave in the current Dutch system for the treatment of GFT (i.e. source separated municipal biowaste). A remarkable result was that the compostable products made of polylactic acid (PLA) disintegrated faster than for instance;…

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Howard Nurseries

Morning Twitter followers. Hope you have a good day. I'm doing a tour of the nursery today for new customers...I have two more dates in the diary in next two weeks. If you are interested in learning about @HowardNurseries DM for the next dates. #wholesalenursery pic.twitter.com/npbMGhdLTB — Howard Nurseries (@HowardNurseries) February 21,…

Hans van der Poel delivers 500th bucket filler

Machine manufacturer Hans van der Poel BV. from Roelofarendsveen, the Netherlands, is specialized in machines used in greenhouse horticulture. Nine years ago, Dutch tulip grower Joost Wesselman came walking in with a request; he wanted a bucket filler specially designed for round buckets. Hans van der…

Flower box Fc527 removed from Royal FloraHolland assortment

Royal FloraHolland has a wide assortment of single-use and reusable flower packaging. The Fc527 reusable flower box is no longer part of the assortment as of 10 February 2020. This flower box is mainly used with the Lily product group, but in recent years usage has fallen sharply to a few users. The…

Growing containers for 2020’s classic blue trend

A new decade comes with a new color that instills calm, confidence and trust. The 2020 Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), an enduring hue that, according to Pantone, highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as they cross the threshold into a…

Weber Verpackungen shows new paper-glassine sleeve concept

Glassine: A new concept in flower packaging to replace plastic

The client wants an alternative to plastic, but still wants to see the flowers. With this in mind, Germany packaging manufacturer Weber Verpackungen started their search for a new sleeve and at the IPM Essen, last January, they showed their concept product. Olaf Amende and Thomas Leithe at the IPM Essen.…

"Far from the usual thermoformer selling standard packaging"

Macpac invite visitors to Packaging Innovations to drop in and see them on Stand D30 at the NEC Feb 26-27. The packaging manufacturer is focusing on all companies looking for creativity as well as complete control of their packaging requirements from start to finish. They are seeking to emphasise that they are…

New 4-level classification adds transparency to the origin and recyclability of plastic

Nearly any plant pot supplied by Pöppelmann TEKU contains recycled plastic. A new 4-level classification makes the different categories transparent in terms of the origin of…


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