Cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging from Dutch grown Elephant grass

The Dutch company, Argos Packaging, is currently at the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin, Germany. This year, everything revolves around sustainable packaging. They are launching the first truly sustainable cardboard fruit and vegetable packaging, among other things. It is made from Dutch grown Elephant grass.

Sustainability and the packaging industry are inextricably connected. "At Argos, we are continually searching for sustainable alternatives to existing packaging material," says Patrick van Oosten, Argos Packaging's Commercial Director. "At Argos Packaging, we are continuously expanding our assortment of sustainable, innovative packaging."

Vibers and Argos
Another Dutch company, Vibers, uses Elephant grass to produce items such as paper and cardboard. Argos has entered into a partnership with this company. This is in order to manufacture a sustainable cardboard tomato container. These will be in various stores from May 2020.

Vibers is made from Elephant grass grown in the Netherlands. It needs no pesticides, irrigation, or fertilizers. A plot of Elephant grass also absorbs four times as much CO2 than one of the same size planted with trees. Production is also done in the Netherlands. Vibers, therefore, gives the local manufacturing industry a boost. Transportation from distant countries is prevented too. "We, and the client, are always looking for the best client solution," says Roy van de Heuvel, Account Manager at Argos Packaging.

Why use Vibers paper and cardboard?

  • It is a premium-quality Dutch product.
  • There is a demonstrable origin of both the Elephant grass and the FSC pulp from controlled bushes.
  • It is not chemically treated.
  • Producing this paper uses less water and energy.
  • The longer fibers make Vibers paper stronger.
  • It is easy to process and print on Vibers paper and cardboard.

Snacking on fruit and vegetables from a cardboard cup
This partnership with Vibers is not the only good news. Argos is also ensuring innovation in the are of snack cups. These new snack cups are 80% cardboard. They are, therefore, a more sustainable alternative for the regular PET versions. "We are all familiar with fruit and vegetable snack cups," says Marco Romeyn, Argos Packaging's Purchasing Manager. “This cardboard cup's application in just something new. With this, we are a step closer to making our packaging sustainable. These cups can be printed entirely according to our clients' wishes too."

Fruit Logistica
This year, Argos will extend its focus on sustainable packaging throughout its stand at Fruit Logistica. That is being done using shades of green and blue. The cartons are specifically positioned, and the company has biobased solutions. They will showcase their CO2 reducing applications and eco-friendly packaging too. Argos will also show that it does more than simply supply packaging. The company can guide clients through the entire process. They even have their own production facility. It has machinery that Argos manages. 

Argos is at Fruit Logistica in Hall 3.2, Stand D-16.

For more information:
35 Aartsdijkweg
2676 LE Maasdijk, NL
Tel: +31 (0) 174 630 011  

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