Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Pots, sleeves, trays, buckets and greenhouse cladding are just some of the plastic products used extensively in the ornamental horticulture industry. The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites all those with an interest in creating a sustainable supply chain within the industry to join this conference. The use of plastic is being reviewed in every industry, as awareness rises of the environmental impact that can result from poor disposal and management. We cannot control the behaviour of the end consumer but we can do all we can to reduce, re-use and recycle plastics.
Utilising AIPH’s international network, this conference is designed to increase awareness of the issues associated with plastic use, review initiatives underway and to identify strategies and solutions for the future that will minimise environmental impact. It will include presentations from retailers, traders, growers and manufacturers from around the world that are tackling this issue.
Introducing the event, AIPH Secretary General Tim Briercliffe, said “With many developments in the packaging industry, now is the time for this industry to work together to create a more sustainable supply chain. This conference unashamedly focuses on the single issue of plastic with a view to creating change around the world that improves our vital industry.”
Dr David Bek is a Reader in Sustainable Economies based at the Research Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University (UK), where he co-leads the Sustainable Production and Consumption Cluster. David has extensive experience undertaking research into sustainability within horticultural supply chains, especially cut flowers. He has worked alongside organisations in the fruit, wine and flower sectors in South Africa, to develop training courses and monitoring and evaluation tools to promote enhanced sustainability in practice. David is especially interested in developing an evidence base to demonstrate how innovations within sustainability practice can lead to improvements in businesses’ resilience, productivity and profitability. He is also engaged with projects which seek to shift the focus of standards and certifications away from audit-dependency towards an approach based upon continuous improvement.
Boudewijn is the founder of EcoChain Technologies and an entrepreneur with a mission; to make it as easy as possible for any industry to develop profitable business models around sustainable products and services. Therefore, Boudewijn believes it is essential for companies to gain control over their environmental data by calculating their footprints at company, process and product level and convert this information into actionable insights – whether this is in finance, purchasing or marketing departments or ultimately with the end customer.
To create a circular economy, collaboration in supply chain is essential. With full control over the impact across the value chain, the bridge between sustainability and profitability can be built. Ultimately, a footprint reflects the optimisation potential on resources and energy, thus costs. Having gained experience with various tech startups, Boudewijn is now manifesting his vision at EcoChain Technologies where he is responsible for Strategy and Business Development.
José is responsible for the development and implementation of Van Dijk Flora’s sustainability strategy. José gained her broad expertise on sustainability by supporting many different companies on their sustainability strategies while working for CSR, the Netherlands (MVO Nederland). With a background in horticultural trade and being the daughter of a flower grower, she is very happy to now put her expertise into practice for this beautiful sector. Van Dijk Flora is one of the leading retail suppliers of flowers and plants to discount supermarket chains in Europe and part of the Dutch Flower Group (DFG).
Elise lived and worked around the world on horticultural projects for 18 years before settling back in the Netherlands. Her job as Quality Assurance & Sustainability Manager at Royal Lemkes allows her to combine her experience with compliance & quality with her inner drive to make an impact on the environment and a better world for people. Royal Lemkes is a European market leader in selecting and delivering plants to large scale retail organisations.
Brett Avery has been Managing Director of the Farplants Group, one of the UK’s largest wholesale supplier of outdoor plants, since 2016. The nursery group grow and sell over 11 million plants per year to UK garden retailers.
Prior to this, Brett spent 17 years in the Consumer Durable/Electronic industry, as co-founder and Managing Director of Avery Robinson Ltd – New Zealand’s exclusive distributor for Dyson Appliances. After launching the brand in 1997, he built the brand to become number one in the market within 9 months and maintained this leading position for the 17 years he was running the business.
Brett has also held several consulting Chairman/ Director roles, providing pivotal guidance to companies undergoing transformation and supporting them into a growth phase.
Director of Operations, Horticultural Trades Association, UK. As a qualified horticulturalist, Martin has over 30 years’ experience in the garden industry working for major brands including Four Oaks and Butters and internationally through the Proven Winners plant marketing group. His career has encompassed sales, marketing, product development and intellectual property management. Martin joined HTA in 2006 as Business Development Manager North and has progressed within the Association joining the Senior Leadership Team in 2013 as Head of Operations before becoming Director of Membership in 2019 with responsibility to oversee HTA’s Marketing, Gift products, Commercial, Communication, Horticulture and sector-specific Committees and Groups. Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
Global Sales Director, Poppelmann TEKU, Germany. Sven Hoping’s career at Pöppelmann TEKU® began in 2001 with a dual course of study. He gained international experience during his subsequent work for John Deere, before returning to Pöppelmann TEKU® in 2009 as Export Sales Manager. In July 17 he took over the position as Global Sales Director of the Pöppelmann TEKU® Division. Pöppelmann TEKU® develops and produces plant pots and cultivation systems for the professional horticulture industry. The diversity of the range with over 600 products in more than 2.000 versions offers the ideal solution for every type of cultivation. From pots and trays through to custom printing, Pöppelmann TEKU® offers everything out of one source.
Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, Texas A&M University. Dr. Charlie Hall received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984, a Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. He began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture. Dr. Hall’s expertise is in the production and marketing of green industry crops is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves.
Dr. Hall currently serves as the Chief Economist for AmericanHort and Co-Chair of the Advisory Council of Seed Your Future. He is former President and Past-President of the board of directors for America in Bloom. He received the Paul Ecke, Jr. award from the Society of American Florists for professional contributions to the floral industry and the Porter Henegar Memorial Award from the Southern Nursery Association for significant contributions to ornamental horticulture research and to the Southern Nursery Association. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Staff Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry.
Yme has worked in the role of Chief Operating Officer at Royal FloraHolland since November 2017. He has a MSc Degree awarded by the University of Technology in Delft and is a former student of Harvard Business School.
Yme has over 25 years of experience in leading logistics companies. He was born in Amsterdam and lives in Leiden with his girlfriend and 4 children.
Piet is a sustainability strategist at Royal FloraHolland. He has a keen interest in innovation especially energy transition and circular economy. He lives in Haarlem, the Netherlands with his wife and two sons. When not at work he can be found cycle racing in the Dutch mountains.
Johan Thans has 30 years of international experience as Managing Director and CEO in the durable plastic packaging Industry.
As project manager he managed projects with global players like Heineken, Inbev and Coca Cola and international supermarket chains like Ahold Delhaize. The projects were aimed at collomodular standardization end efficiency in the full logistic value chain from 100% recycling of plastics up to the savings in the last mile with a direct interface with consumer behavior patterns. “Changing the rules of the game” is within his DNA and revolutionary innovations and patents are reflected in a total of 800 million returnable closed loop packaging solutions delivered to the market. These were developed for global Pool operators like Chep, Eurpool System, IFCO and Container Centralen as new standards. Such solutions include full interstackable durable ranges for the fresh fruit and vegetable segments. The focus of the NEWCO Circular Solutions is now aimed at creating standards for the total logistic value chain in the floriculture and horticulture segments, where 25% of savings in economy are realised in close harmony with 25% savings in ecology as measured in the CO2 footprint.
Circular Plastics is aimed at permanent innovation, whereby tangible results are achieved in a Circular economy.
We believe in a Consortium model in which we design with “Best of Class” partner companies selected on the basis of Competitor Engineering packaging solutions. Due to the enormous focus applied by the owners and CEOs of these companies, we achieve sensational results with very short lead times.
We strive for 100% upcycling, closed logistics circuits with a guaranteed tracking and tracing of the recycled raw materials and the sustainable RTIs (Returnable Transport Items).
By analyzing all steps in the chain as a chain director in the final design, a WIN / WIN is achieved for all links in the chain in the field of Ecology and Economy. Sometimes also by redistributing profit from one link in the value chain to another.
The 4 initiators and founding partners of Circular Plastics contribute five generations of know-how about the collection, sorting and upgrading of plastic materials and paper and cardboard.
Together we also guarantee global presence and expertise in all areas from recycling to logistics pooling services in the field of B2B, and marketing knowledge of all current trends at Retail and consumers with revolutionary solutions for producers and wholesalers and Retail to in line with our B2C insights.
We can refer to experience with the development and production of more than 800 million sustainable packaging.