PlanetProof Bulb flowers

'On the way to PlanetProof' is another and international name for Milieukeur Plant products; PlanetProof's sustainability criteria are fully identical to those of Milieukeur. As of 1-1-2019, Milieukeur for Plant products will be replaced by PlanetProof. The Accreditation Board monitors and accredits the Milieukeur certification system.

Photo:iBulbBROAD SUPPORT

  • The PlanetProof bulb flowers certification system was developed together with growers of bulb flowers, external experts, the Dutch growers' association KAVB, the retail industry, and representatives of social organisations.

IMPROVED SUSTAINABLE CULTIVATION

  • PlanetProof bulb flowers are grown by innovative farmers, using modern, sustainable technology. For PlanetProof bulb flowers, certified flower bulbs, organic or Milieukeur/PlanetProof, are compulsory starting material. These bulbs are the basis for the sustainable production of bulb flowers.

Photo: iBulbSOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING

  • The PlanetProof certificate for bulb flowers is linked to an information document for the sustainable purchasing of flowers and interior plants of the Dutch government. Through PlanetProof, governments have a wider choice when purchasing cut flowers that are more sustainable.
    Trading companies, florists, and garden centres are also able to meet the increasing demand of consumers for guaranteed sustainable flowers.

PLANETPROOF THEMES FOR IMPROVED SUSTAINABLE CULTIVATION

Crop protection

  • Free of neonicotinoids
  • A limit on the total amount of pesticides used

Water quality and quantity

  • Preventing emissions of pesticides and fertilisers into ground water and surface water
  • Storing and reusing water

Energy and climate

Reducing the carbon footprint by means of:

  • More efficient use of energy
  • Use of sustainable energy

Biodiversity and landscape

  • Ensuring darkness at night, screening off light nuisance as much as possible
  • No use of herbicides around the greenhouse and on the plot

Packaging and waste

  • Photo: iBulbEnabling the effective recycling of plastic packaging
  • Waste treatment and separation

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

PlanetProof certified farmers and growers will also contribute to achieving some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Energy
  • Production and Consumption
  • Climate
  • Water
  • Soil, Landscape and Biodiversity

RELIABLE

  • PlanetProof is reliable. The inspections and certifications are carried out in accordance with European standards (ISO/IEC 17065:2012) under the supervision of the Dutch Accreditation Council.
  • Certificate holders will be inspected twice annually by an independent certification body.
  • Assessment of the use of authorised pesticides takes place on the basis of registration records, purchase invoices, and checks for residues of pesticides by ISO 17025-accredited laboratories.

On the way to PlanetProof
‘On the way to PlanetProof’ is synonymous with Milieukeur; the PlanetProof sustainability requirements are completely identical to those of the Milieukeur quality mark. As of 1 January 2019, the Milieukeur for plant-based products will be replaced by PlanetProof.

Information
Niko Moerman, project leader agriculture/plant-based food, n.moerman@smk.nl or +31 (0)70 358 63 00.

PLANETPROOF BULB FLOWERS ARE GROWN BY INNOVATIVE FARMERS