20 October 2020
LEUSDEN, Netherlands: Dutch-based horticulture packaging and plastic manufacturer Modiform has today unveiled its Horizon 2025, a five-year sustainability roadmap to create a sustainable future for the entire value chain.
Modiform’s Horizon2025 aims to have kicked out virgin plastic by 2025. Beyond its own production and business operations, this objective is also geared toward the entire supply chain. The company wants horticulture to be the first industry to be completely free of fossil based virgin materials. The company says it is taking the lead in working with the entire supply chain to bring about sustainable change in the sector.
Modiform plans to achieve achieving its ambition by using 100% recycled materials, looking for alternative materials such as EcoExpert (100% recycled cardboard), and co-developing sustainable polymer and biopolymer alternatives. Alongside this, the company is doing everything in its power to achieve carbon-neutral production and distribution within five years.
Modiform is also going to recycle the entire volume of plastic that it puts on the market and – on top of that – recover 20% more from the environment. Finally, this ambition will be made achievable by creating new sustainable opportunities and converting these opportunities into better solutions for all customers and partners in the supply chain.
According to the company’s statement, “Failing to become sustainable now will mean the battle is lost in the long term. That’s why Modiform is calling on everyone to take up the challenge together: the entire ecosystem of growers, partners, NGOs, governments, retailers, and knowledge institutions will have to join forces in order to remain future-proof.”
Commenting on Horizon2025, Modiform boss Peter Linthorst says, “Sustainability has really been at our core since the founding of this awesome family business forty years ago. In order to make the horticultural supply chain sustainable and future-proof, we’re choosing to take a stand now. An ambitious move? Absolutely. Unachievable? Absolutely not. And we want to take on that challenge together. If we work together, we can achieve real change in the sector. We are calling on everyone to take part.”
Since the very beginning, before recycling was common practice, Modiform was developing plastic products from recycled raw materials. The figure today is more than 90% recycled material – the company now wants to convert those tough last percentage points. Modiform stresse it is the first and only company to recycle polystyrene (PS) in its facilities, and it has been doing so for over thirty years.