A Dutch company is looking for sustainable material to protect valuable flowers during their transport from grower to supermarket and to consumers. The company is interested in products that can be used as a protective packaging with marketing possibilities.
Reduce, reuse and recycle are 3 keywords. Looking for cooperation on the basis of a commercial agreement with technical assistance. This request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open innovation platform.
The Dutch company is market leader in the world of packaging and decoration for the flower and plant industry. The company currently offers Hydropaper certified by the Forest Certification System (FSC) to wrap flowers and this year bamboo paper was added to the collection. Although this comes at a higher cost it is a renewable material and it can be collected for recycling. "The company is very keen to discover what other innovative and alternative packing materials can be developed.
By using bio-based plastics like Polylactic Acid (PLA) they expected to have found a sustainable packaging for their customers. Unfortunately this material is not biodegradable to Dutch standards, it cannot be recycled at the end and the availability of raw materials is limited.
Now they run out of ideas about what sustainable material they should be looking for to protect the valuable flowers during their transport from the grower to the supermarket and to consumers.
Where do you fit in?
They are looking for SMEs who can help to develop a solution for this world wide problem. What innovative ideas exist in other branches to pack perishable goods?
The company is looking for companies that offer sustainable products they can use as a protective packaging with marketing possibilities. Reduce, reuse and recycle are three keywords.
Cooperation within the frame of a commercial agreement with technical assistance.
IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on July 12th 2021. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
- Type of partner sought: Partners are invited to help with the development of new materials or who offer sustainable products which can be used as a protective packaging for flowers with marketing possibilities
Specific expertise is sought in the field of: sustainable packaging design, creative thinking, sustainability science/environmental impact, recycling and re-use.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Looking for SMEs who can help to develop a solution for this world wide problem. What innovative ideas exist in other branches to pack perishable goods? Company is looking for companies who offer sustainable products they can use as a protective packaging with marketing possibilities. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are three keywords.
Area of activity: development of new packaging materials, creative thinking, sustainability science / environmental impact, material science.