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Tomato Packaging made from tomato plant stems

Every year, 85 million kilos of tomato plants are grown on approximately 1800 hectares in the Netherlands, and usually these plants are composted once they have finished cropping. A company called Solidus Solutions' has developed a fully-sustainable solid board (like cardboard) packaging that is enriched with the fibres from the stems of recycled tomato plants which would have been composted. This means that tomatoes can now be packaged for sale in cartons made from tomato stems.

Every hectare of redundant tomato plants can produce 100,000 tomato boxes (trays of 6kg), which is exactly the amount of packaging needed for the 600 tonnes of tomatoes that are grown on the same hectare. This means that this year's crop can provide next year's packaging - a perfect example of sustainable horticulture.



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