Gardening wholesaler Amevo and packaging system producer Modiform have together developed a unique lightweight pot for cultivating orchids. Not only is this new thermoformed 12 cm cultivation pot more than 25% lighter than existing injection moulding pots, but it also ensures good drainage and aeration thanks to a hole located in the middle of the cone base. A product that brings together improvements in cultivation, innovation and sustainability, the new pot also makes table loading more efficient and can be integrated into virtually any automation system.
Director of Amevo, Folke van Dorp, said, ‘The central hole makes the pot ideal for orchid growers who have their young plants delivered as glue plugs. The hole in the cone base creates a sort of chimney effect, which helps the glue plug to dry better in the substrate during the cultivation phase.’
Modiform’s Commercial Manager, Mark Bertens, added, ‘Amevo came up with the idea of this thermoform solution on a visit to Modiform. We developed the product together, and Modiform manufactured it. The transparent 17 or 25-hole pots are made of 100% recycled polypropylene material and can also be fully recycled again after use. The product is patented and Cyclos-certified, confirming it can be recycled through household waste.’
Through Horizon2025, Modiform has set out an ambition to work with the entire supply chain to bring about sustainable change in the sector and Van Dorp has also noticed that major retailers and garden centres are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. ‘Another important factor is how scarce raw materials are. By bringing fewer and lighter packaging materials into the supply chain, we are doing our bit. This lighter cultivation pot offers a great deal of benefits.’