Packaging

UK: GCA members look for ways to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association are encouraging their members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities to get non-black PP plastic pots and trays accepted in household and kerbside…

September 3-4, Lower Withington

UK: Macpac team returns to Four Oaks

With environmental packaging solutions for an industry in the spotlight this year Macpac introduced new sustainable plastic materials which have been welcomed by the horticultural sector and will be exhibited on the stand; these include a new Near Infra-Red (NIR) detectable black plastic and Breakdown…

ROP Introduces MA packaging for edible flowers

While the demand for edible flowers is on the increase, the challenge for its expansion remains with the limited post-harvest shelf life of this delicate product. Once harvested the perishable flower tissue starts to dehydrate compromising its appearance. Research also pointed out that its nutritional…

This is what the Dezhou Horti Center in China will look like

Following the World Horti Center in the Dutch Westland, the initiative to realize the Horti Center in Dezhou has been taken. Dezhou is a city in the northwest of the Shandong province of China, where a lot of horticultural and agricultural developments are taking place. AAB has been called upon to be the…

Joe Raju, Bumnong:

"This tray could guarantee 100% of seedling"

By comparing the results of a general seedling tray with their Fibroot tray, Bumnong USA found that the latter tray could get the crop about 20 to 50 percent higher when it was used for plants that had severe transplant shock or that the growth of the rootlet is not good enough. The team of Bumnong at…

Increased number found in Kenyan, Tanzanian roses

NL: "False codling moth is a serious threat, but the risks should not be exaggerated"

A little animal causes a big fuss in the ornamental and horticultural industry today. Dutch media report how an increase in the discovery of the false codling moth…

US: Clever tag concept ensures 100% correct labeling

Plants without a tag or with the wrong tag on the shelves. It not only annoys the end consumer, but the retailer, grower and breeder as well. Therefore, a new way of tagging entered the market about 4 years ago and it is now becoming more of a norm in the US, explains Mike Howden of Macore, a tag and…

US: MasterTag taps into succulent and cacti trend with new tags

Succulents, and increasingly cacti, are continuing to trend in the US market. Their ease of care and interesting array of shapes and colors are a big draw, especially among younger shoppers. MasterTag taps into this consumer trend with a new line of cacti and succulent tags. A part of the team of…

Plastic recycling of plant protection product containers in South Africa

GlobalGAP supports CropLife Africa/Middle East’s strategy for developing plastic container management programs in key countries of the region. CropLife encourages farms to…

Vented film gives flowers and plants a breather

Traditional cast stretch film is great for product load stabilization, but what if you are wrapping products that are still alive, like flowers and plants? Then, once the load is wrapped and stabilized, businesses can experience condensation which can affect the quality of the product. In order to enable…

South African flowers bounce back after challenging 2018

After Mother Nature made 2018 a challenging year for many South African growers, Afrex Trading - one of the leading exporters of Cape Flora and other South African flowers – are very pleased with the supply, demand and sales of this year so far. "It surpassed our expectations", according to Lee Sarah…

What does Koen Pack do about sustainable and circular?

Koen Pack notices their customers consider a "switch" to sustainable packaging. The company has been going through this transition for much longer. In this article, they explain more about their vision on sustainability. Koen Pack works according to the standard that we have agreed with each other from…

Exchange between growers, suppliers and Landgard on current horticultural topics

Premiere for Landgard "Horticulture and Technology Innovation Day"

Landgard Gartenbaubedarf organised the first "Horticulture and Technology Innovation Day" in Lüllingen on 11 July. The horticultural supplies store has thus presented itself as an innovative service partner for its member companies. The thematic focus lay on the areas of "ecological plant…

Modiform says no to black plant pots

"Grey is the new black"

As of 1st January 2020, Modiform will refuse orders for black thermoformed plant pots in the UK. Modiform takes the bold step to offer a recyclable alternative to black pots at the same price. Grey…

Three newest EcoExpert trays added into auctions tray rebate scheme

Modiform’s three newest EcoExpert transport trays – EE10802, EE10605 and EE10606– have been approved by Royal FloraHolland. The EcoExpert trays, moulded from waste carton fibre, have passed the tray tests and have been given the settlement codes Fc425 and Fc225. Growers can obtain their rebate for these…

CAN (ON): New office for Koen Pack Canada almost ready

We are proud to announce the completion of our new office building at 4684 Bartlett Rd. in Beamsville. Koen Pack has offered the best in floral and plant packaging in Canada for 9 years. In that time, thanks to our customers, we have experienced significant growth year after year and are thankful to have…

What choice do you make when it comes to packaging?

The hype around the use of plastic has led to a lot of writing in the media. As a result, the message has not become much clearer. So how do you choose the best packaging? And do you opt for plastic or do you choose a paper wrapping? Looking specifically at developments in the field of flower and plant…

UK: The progress with recyclable pots

The latest meeting of the Nursery Working Group (which took place at Horticulture House on 6 June) demonstrated the substantial progress made by the industry towards the adoption of kerbside recyclable non-black plant pots. Growers attending the meeting reported that they have all moved away from using…

NL: Second edition Garden Trials and Trade welcomes international visitors

The second edition of Garden Trials and Trade was well received, the organization announces. "Exhibitors were very satisfied with the quality of the visitors. On Tuesday and Thursday, the number of visitors fell short of the totals from the previous year. The range of products exhibited in the stands,…

UK: Fund opens to reduce waste from plastic packaging and textiles

The UK government is inviting organisations to apply for funding under a multi-million pound grant scheme to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles. Organisations in England can apply for government funding for innovative solutions to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic…

Jan Willem Wieringa, Desch Plantpak:

"You can compare plastic to dog poop"

What do dogs and plastic have in common? "People like dogs, but not stepping in their poop. But is it the dog's fault? No, it all comes down to the owner's behavior, and the same goes for plastic; it is not the material itself that pollutes, but the people who don't handle it properly", Jan Willem…

Scientists from University College London

Biodegradable plastic is misleading - most will not break down in compost heaps

Plastic packaging labelled “biodegradable” or “compostable” is misleading because most do not break down naturally and end up polluting the environment, scientists have said. Experts from University College London (UCL) have criticised companies that sell products such as “eco-friendly” nappies, bags or…

Limex and Royal FloraHolland open sustainable packaging cleaning station

The new Limex packaging cleaning station at Royal FloraHolland in Aalsmeer has been operational since 5 June 2019. Thanks to the new cleaning station, clean packaging is always available, even during the peak periods. The service and the newly developed washing lines of Limex take place in a cleaning…

Jürgen von den Driesch, Brandkamp:

Lantana: "Bi-colors on the rise"

The lantana is a popular and well-known plant, particularly in Central Europe. Orange and yellow are the traditional and still the most important colors, but over the last years, the interest for the bi-colored ones is increasing. This is explained by Jürgen von den Driesch of Brandkamp. This German breeder put their first…


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