Jiffy recently joined the Green Chemistry Campus Community. As a Netherlands-based organization, we participated in this year’s third edition of the BioVoice program that links questions from large companies to solutions from SMEs. At the Campus, we’re looking for biobased materials as a raw material for potting soil and other substrate applications.

Sustainable fibre alternatives

As a leading supplier of biobased-pots (pictures on the right), pellets, coir products, substrates and plugs, we are continuously building on our green qualities to be a truly sustainable company. That is why Jiffy is currently looking for sustainable fibre alternatives.

Most potting soil currently consists largely of peat. The advantage of this material is that it holds water and air very effectively, is light-weight and provides a neutral base which allows for customization of the nutrient package for every growing scenario. The disadvantage is that peat is a non-renewable resource.

For a long time, we have been working to expand our portfolio of raw materials and products, as demonstrated by our coconut coir production facilities. With the recent launch of our new Sustainability Report & Five-Year Plan, we are prioritizing the need for more local and circular materials. Whether they are alternatives to peat, mineral fertilizers or additives that increase plant resilience to pests and diseases. Jiffy is therefore looking for biobased alternatives.

Tara Duggan, Product Innovator at Jiffy: “We at Jiffy are excited to join the community at the Green Chemistry Campus as this community are actively looking at biomaterials, not as a waste as it has been seen it in the past, but as a resource that we can unlock once we have the right tools to do so. We look forward to exploring the potential of these products for the horticulture industry and creating more local and circular solutions for our customers.”