The Future Of Plastics [Special Report]
Is plastic still the best value for growers, retailers and consumers? Greenhouse Grower takes a closer look.
October 11, 2011
Let’s face it: Plastic is everywhere. It’s something most of us take for granted, but it’s at the core of so many things we use in everyday life.
Plastic is at the core of how greenhouse growers do business, as well. Before the advent of plastic, handling, growing and shipping plants were undertakings we’d snicker at today. Imagine having to make your own flats out of wooden slats or growing in all clay pots: Greenhouse floriculture couldn’t possibly be the mega industry it is without the simplification and flexibility of plastic.
Still, as consumers become more aware of their own use of plastic and its impact on the environment, they’re looking to other industries, including ours, and how we’re using it. Can we respond that we’re using it sustainably and that plastic is still the best value for growers, retailers and consumers? The answers according to most plastics manufacturers, as you’ll find in this report, are both largely yes.
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Video: Taking Pride In Pots
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