Sustainability continues to be a hot topic at IPM Essen

For the floricultural industry, recyclability is again an important topic at the annual IPM show. Suppliers take their chance to invest in this as well: solutions for less or no plastic being used, alternatives for peat and lowering energy usage are key. 

Germany is one of the counties that is at the forefront of the more environmentally friendly movement. Retailers are banning the black plastic as it cannot be detected in the bin and therefore cannot be recycled. On top of that, using post consumer plastics for packaging is being seen as the most effective and closed-circle way of recycling.

And one important resource that the German government wants to reduce in the coming years is their use of peat. Therefore more and more substrate recipes with less peat are on display as well.

Of course, there are also many sustainable initiatives on display that we have not discussed in this article. A large overview of solutions, as well as other products, machines, varieties, concepts and so on that was on display at the show will be given on Monday February 3, when we will publish our photo report.

Below already a little preview.


Gideon de Jager, Codema


Johan van Erven and Regnier ten Haaf, Ridder


Koppert Biological Systems, Jeroen Hovens


The Gakon team


Bernardo Greeve, KG Systems


Lodewijk Wardenburg, Bom Group


A look at the Phormium stand


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