VDF keeps reducing the use of plastics

At Van Dijk Flora we have the ambition to reduce the use of plastics. Therefore we are always looking for new solutions.

Where alternatives are not (yet) viable, we aim for a reduction of the use of plastics by making the packaging thinner. This way in 2020 we saved approximately kg of plastic in Tulip sleeves.

Bamboo paper sleeves

The next step is of course to look for viable alternatives. Paper is the alternative that easily comes to mind. One of the ways to reduce plastics is to replace it by other sustainable materials, such as paper from sustainable sources. A big advantage of paper is that it can be easily recycled or composted and cannot cause any harm in the environment. We found an interesting alternative in bamboo paper sleeves.

We have made a footprint calculation comparing this sleeve to regular plastic and paper sleeves. From this comparison we know that, based on production the footprint of the bamboo sleeve is approximately 30% higher than the plastic sleeve, whereas the footprint of a regular paper sleeve is appr. 75% higher. This makes the bamboo paper very interesting since it is recyclable as well as bio degradable and will not cause any problems to the environment.

Glassine sleeves

A disadvantage of paper is of course it’s lack of transparancy. The company Weber has found an interesting solution to this, using a transparent type of paper called ‘glassine’ combined with a brown paper. A nice option for gift packaging.

ECO bucket

An interesting development is the Next Gen 10L ECO bucket. This bucket was recently developed and Dutch Flower Group has introduced it to the market.

Due to the change in design the surface of the bucket is not smooth but is ribbed which reduces the plastic by 25%.

These buckets are not yet used for Biedronka, but are available on request.