"These days, all of Italy is witnessing on TV the floodplain areas of the Po river are flooded. And it is precisely in those areas that the Poplar tree is grown to produce the wood used for our boxes". So said Maurizio Lodi, owner of "Lodi Imballaggi Ortofrutticoli", present at FuturPera.
"At a time when other materials are losing ground wood maintains its noble humility. We produce boxes in Poplar, which we grow directly in the floodplain areas of the rivers Po, Reno and Secchia. We are not self-sufficient but we're close to that, and we work from the perspective of a circular economy where everything is reused".
The company is part of the Consorzio Rilegno and, once used, the boxes are recycled to make furniture, for example. "The poplar crop cycle lasts 10 years. Once ready, the tree is cut down and then replaced with a new plant. We started 15 years ago and we continue every year to replace the old trees."
Maurizio Lodi at Futurpera.
The inks are ecol-friendly and are used only on the outside of the packaging. "Some advantages of wood with respect to other materials are the fact that it is hygroscopic, so it always keeps the product dry; moreover, given its shape, it allows the best aeration of fruit and vegetables and allows an equal and generalized cooling of all the goods in the cold rooms".
"It's cheap because it has the best value for money. So not only does it cost less than other types of packaging, but it also ensures much more in terms of performance".
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