Smit Kwekerijen as the 30th grower ‘On the way to PlanetProof’

In the floriculture chain, growers worldwide are making efforts to produce a clean and sustainable product. We try our best to do this as well. That is why we are also pleased that, in addition to our MPS certificates GAP, SQ and GRASP, we have obtained the PlantProof certificate since this year. We are the 30th ornamental grower with a PlanetProof certificate!

 What is On the way to PlanetProof?
The independent quality mark On the way to PlanetProof proves that you buy a product that has been produced more sustainable and therefore better for nature, environment, climate and animals. With “On the way to PlanetProof”, farmers and growers strive to balance their way of working with the carrying capacity of our planet. In this process we take further steps to reduce the burden on our planet (‘On the way to …’). On the way to PlanetProof focuses on five areas in the floriculture:

Water

  • Efficient water usage
  • Storage and re-usage of water
  • Clean water: prevent that crop protection and fertilizers get into the ground and the surface water

Soil, landscape & biodiversity

  • Creation of blooming herb or flower borders around plots
  • Provide nesting facilities for birds, bees, etc.
  • Maintaining the fertility of the soil
  • Efficient usage of fertilizers
  • Stimulation of biological and mechanical fertilizing of diseases and pests
  • Less usage of harmful crop protection products
  • Usage of alternative, less environmentally harmful crop protection products
  • Limit the light pollution from greenhouses

Climate

  • The climate is of great importance to “On the way to PlanetProof”. Various requirements set by PlanetProof ensure that used products are less harmful to the climate. A concrete example is less greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy

  • Reduction of energy consumption through savings and efficiency
  • Usage of sustainable energy from renewable sources, sun and wind
  • Usage of alternative, less environmentally harmful crop protection products
  • Limit the light pollution from greenhouses

Production & Consumption

  • Sustainable production
  • Effective recycling of plastic packaging
  • Waste disposal and waste separation
  • Inform consumers