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 Campaign: Making the ornamental plant sector more sustainable

The Plastic Soup Foundation has started a campaign to make the ornamental plant sector more sustainable in the Netherlands and Germany, in which we focus on all types of plastics used in this sector. We examine the entire chain: from grower to auction, from retailer to consumer.


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    The first measure which the new campaign is focussing on is replacing single-use plant trays with a sustainable alternative. The potential environmental benefits for ornamental horticulture are huge: this will reduce the amount of plastic waste by millions of kilos every year.

    In addition, we are approaching businesses and organisations across the sector that are willing to help us determine the amount of disposable plastic used throughout the chain and to take steps to reduce it.

    Key words are: circular economy, reuse, reduce, refuse, rethink and recycle.

    Read more about this project in the PSF position paper (in German).

    If you or your company is interested in joining us, please contact project manager Harmen Spek:

    Updates and News Articles

    • In the Netherlands Parliamentary questions have been asked about the use of singe-use trays in response to our campaign. Secretary of State Dijksma replied to this with official answers. Following this there will now be conducted a research about the footprints of different types of trays.
    • We wrote a blog about how the research about the trays is already under scrutiny.
    • Royal FloraHolland placed an article on their website where they stated that research is being done about the different environmental performances of various types of trays.
    • Bloembollenvisie published an article on their website (in Dutch): Dijksma: tray voor sierteelt kan duurzamer
    • We received a letter (in Dutch) from Intratuin that they are aspired to run their company with 100% multi-use trays and that they support our initiative completely.
    • The German magazine Taspo published an article (in German) about our project
    • In January 2017 we started our consumer campaign: we will publish information and pictures about our research to get the consumer involved in the issue. You can help us by retweeting and sharing the posts below.
    • The German Environmental NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe became our partner to spread the message in Germany
    • We became partners with the Dutch organisation Duurzame Bloemistengroep, they support our campaign

    Social media:

    Post 1: Did you know Germany is importing 6 million kilograms of single use #plastictrays per year? Repost if you think this should stop #UseReusable

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    Post 2: Are you buying plants in garden centers? Refuse the plastic and ask them why they import millions of #plastictrays #UseReusable

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    Post 3: Germany is importing trash! Why do we need so many #single-use trays if there is a reusable system available? #UseReusable

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    Post 4: Are you going to surprise someone with a beautiful bunch of flowers or another beautiful gift on Valentine’s day tomorrow? Then choose something without plastic gift wrap and minimize the packaging! This Valentine, give your loved ones plastic free presents! #UseReusable

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    Post 5: The German public agrees with the #reusable tray, now the companies need to act! #UseReusable

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    Post 6: We need your pictures! Send us your photos of single-use you have used so far with hashtag

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