Independent research into environmental performance of plant trays12 July 2016
Which plant trays score best in terms of sustainability? We asked an independent consultancy agency to evaluate the environmental performances of the different plant trays used in the sector. The outcomes are expected in a few weeks' time.
In the horticultural sector different forms of packaging are used to transport plants. There are trays that can be used repeatedly and trays for single use. Royal FloraHolland works with both types of trays. The growers and dealers themselves determine which tray to use.
Single-use tray popular
The single-use tray remains the most popular one in practice. They are mostly made from recycled material like used coffee cups or old plant trays and can be recycled themselves. Royal FloraHolland collects these trays after use for this reason. A large proportion of the single-use trays go abroad, because most of the plants from the Netherlands are exported.
Royal FloraHolland believes sustainability to be essential in the horticultural chain. Transport materials can make a big difference in that respect. For example, we have been using deposit buckets (packages) for years for the transport of flowers. To continue improving the sustainability of the chain, it is important to document where profit can be made. We are looking forward to the results of the research on plant trays as an initial step. The results should be published in a few weeks.
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