Packaging

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…

Labels made out of plastic waste of Royal FloraHolland

“From now on our labels consist entirely of old pots, foils and labels from other growers"

“Every year 3,500 tons of plastic waste is discarded by Royal FloraHolland. If we can make this waste stream circular, a major sustainability issue will be solved." Wendy den Boer from the Van der Salm brothers, Jaap Buis from Circular, Ronald Coolsen from Crea print group, Herman Ribberink from…

Top label and packaging trends in 2019

2018’s packaging trends offered big words, vibrant gradients and contemporary packaging formats to labels and packaging designs. Environmental considerations also played a huge part in how materials are packed, and 2019 is fast becoming the year businesses are starting to think about making their…

100% recyclable plant pots for fully closed material cycle

The careful use of resources is a global challenge. The question of how to achieve more sustainability is occupying R&D across all industries. Commercial horticulture is no exception, with intensive research efforts being dedicated to finding new technologies and materials that protect the…

David Austin Roses choose Dura-ID as preferred supplier for license tags

Dura-ID Solutions have been chosen as the preferred supplier of David Austin Roses licensing tags until 2021, supplying approximately 7.5 million tags over a three year period. Dura-ID’s long established relationship with this company has a history of over 25 years. Paul Manley, Manager of Dura-ID,…

US: Koen Pack starts sustainability campaign with information about materials

More and more people, companies and politicians are working on sustainability, all in different ways. Sustainability is ensuring that products last longer, are recyclable and have no, or less impact on the environment. Perhaps there is not a proper definition of sustainability, but it is clear that we…

Innovative pallet boxes fetch progress for manufacturers

Modern packaging solutions are becoming more than just a way to protect products for manufacturers. As the packaging industry transforms, companies serving the packaging…

Cardboard being used more often to replace plastic packaging

The demand for sustainable packaging is only getting more significant and more urgent. Remmert Dekker Packaging has noticed this. This Dutch company produces cardboard packaging. The demand for cardboard packaging is on the rise. This is thanks to retailers goals to be more sustainable. Consumers are…

Paper sleeves added to Greensleeve product range

Earlier this year, Mediane launched their Greensleeve program including a variety of sustainable packaging sleeve alternatives to the herbal plant market. Next to Home Compostable Film, Industrial Compostable PLA and Recyclable Green PE, the Greensleeve program now also includes a paper variant. Many…

How flowers belong to US graduation traditions

In May and June, Graduation is celebrated in the US and flowers cannot be missed out in the traditions. They are used in the corsage or boutonnière that are given to the graduate prior to the graduation ceremony and bouquets, among other gifts, are given afterwards. Also at the graduation parties flowers…

UK: Mail order nursery switches to environmentally-friendly packaging

Ahead of the new growing season, mail order nurseries are gearing up for spring with environmental and climate protection being more and more important for the end user. One of Macpac’s horticulture customers has chosen an option for in-transit plant protection combined with an environmental solution.…

New low-oxygen packaging improves quality, makes sea freight possible for more flower species

For cut flowers growers and traders, having to deal with air freight is getting increasingly difficult. The cold chain needs improvements and airports are getting busy. These are very good reasons to look for a viable alternative to air transport. If you add the economic costs and environmental impacts…

UK: Nursery working group visits plastics recycling centre

On Wednesday 27 March representatives from the horticultural industry visited Viridor’s Plastics Recovery Facility in Rochester, Kent to find out more about the plastics recycling process and the demand for polypropylene for recycling. Attendees included members of the HTA Nursery Working Group, plant…

Industry stakeholders discuss plastics in ornamental horticulture

On 2nd April 2019, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) brought together key industry players in the coastal town of Noordwijk, the Netherlands, for a conference entitled ‘Plastics in Ornamental Horticulture – Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain’. The event, coordinated by the…

"New 'Friendlies' concept means plastic pots can be gone, for good"

Kwekerij Wouters is one of the largest producers of potted and bedding annuals serving the European DIY retail segment. They had a vision to create an eco-friendly product line, and the result is ‘Friendlies’ – flower pots made from paper that are planted straight into the ground, pot and all. The key…

Meet the completely circular pot

Recover is the very latest product line from Desch Plantpak; an addition to the standard recycled products in the Desch range as a result of constant innovation. Desch purchases post-consumer plastic waste to produce recover Flowerpots. Recover contains no carbon black pigments which enables easy waste separation and further…


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