The company SP Soluciones Agrícolas has developed Huelvasol, a new plastic cover for greenhouses, specially designed for Huelva's berries, which is 360 gauges thick and is guaranteed for 1 or 2 campaigns. This new solution, lighter and more sustainable, will allow a 50% reduction in the use of plastic on greenhouse roofs, as while 2,000 kilos of plastic are needed to cover one hectare of strawberries with the traditional 600 gauge cover, with Huelvasol only half is needed, about 1,000 kilos. This is to thank to its lower thickness.
“With the effort and innovation of our supplier Agriplast, we have put a plastic at the service of Huelva's berry sector which offers the same advantages as the traditional 600 gauge, but with half the consumption of this material. And most of our customers are already making the switch,” says Pedro Écija, manager of SP Agricultural Solutions.
“Huelva's berry sector has a clear commitment to the environment,” says Pedro Écija. So far in 2019, 58% of the total greenhouse cover plastic sold by SP Agricultural Solutions has been 360 gauges thick, compared to the 23% that has been 600 gauges thick. In 2017, Huelvasol accounted for only 32% of sales, compared to 44% of traditional plastic. This represents a 40% increase in sales of 360-gauge greenhouse covers in just two years, to the detriment of a 60% drop in the sales of 600 gauge plastic.