Sri Lankan company Packaging Alliance has created biodegradable grow bags for the horticultural industry. "The packaging industry remains the most prominent consumer of plastic bags. These bags are still used in large quantities across the packaging industry, but the end-users are often critical of plastic packaging. This has compelled the industry to explore alternatives that can replace plastic bags for consumers who are inclined towards green management and consumption," managing director and founder Stefan Tranchell says.
Being a company dedicated to the latest technology and innovative methods, Packaging Alliance was led to embrace the requirements and demands of environmental-friendly customers. "This move has been met positively by manufacturers who have shifted to incorporating biodegradable solutions to their business processes. Packaging Alliance specializes in the manufacture of grow bags and has an established client base who are grow medium suppliers for agricultural produce. The company product portfolio includes grow bags, planter bags, sulfur ultraviolet (UV) bags and biodegradable hydroponic grow bags.
Grow Bags are used as a component of food production for crops including strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. These coco coir-based grow bags foster extreme root growth and are used in high, medium, and low-tech hydroponic cultivation, commercial greenhouses and plat nurseries worldwide. "These grow bags are prepared with UV protection and produced in such a manner to ensure robustness and durability for up to 5 years and built to degrade under anaerobic conditions after product shelf life," Stefan shows.
He has over 25 years of experience in the packaging industry and is a strong advocate of environmentally sound solutions to today’s critical packaging needs within the grow coco peat industry. “Availability of biodegradable plastics was a game-changer for us and using it to drive demand as a sound alternative to non-biodegradable plastics has also emerged as a resilient driver of our business and become our key value proposition. I see it not only as a win for us but a win for the industry and the environment."
Packaging Alliance with over 20 years of experience operates two factories in Sri Lanka producing a portfolio of 10 products including agricultural grow bags, industrial polyethylene, industrial pellet covers, and seedling cubes. With over 150 skilled staff, Packaging Alliance services the local market and exports to over 50 countries, directly and indirectly. Packaging Alliance is known as one of the largest processors of recycled plastic with a complete value chain from waste collection to product processing and distribution in Sri Lanka.
The company caters to a host of customers including local and international players in the grow bags sector with a special focus on supplying to manufacturers of coco peat in the Southeast Asian region.