Marta Albert Bruguera
Attendee of Fedemco/Grow Spanish Federation of Wooden Crates
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FEDEMCO is a nationwide professional organisation, established in 1991, which agglutinates most Spanish manufacturers of wooden crates for agri-food uses, manufacturers of components for crates and manufacturers of pallets.
FEDEMCO is a founder member of GROW International (Group Recycling of Wood)
2. What is GROW?
GROW is an international organisation result of co-operation among european wooden crate sector organisations
FEDEMCO represents and manages GROW in SPAIN, exclusively.
In Europe, GROW International network, working in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg and Spain, has 350 members, manufactures 800 million of crates for fruits and vegetables, and 400 million crates of other kind, meaning a business of 520 million euro
3. GROW means Quality and Recyclability
GROW guarantees crate quality and recyclability. Its mark, world wide registered, identifies the crates that have been manufactured of grown wood, poplar plywood and magnetizable staples.
Only GROW guaranteed crates are marked with the GROW logo and a license number that identifies the manufacturer allowing traceability
4. GROW means hygiene ( HACCP)
In 1999 GROW International started an important project: GROW-HACCP (Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Points). Thus, GROW Companies want to give a total guarantee to its customers about HACCP norms, and therefore that their own HACCP control systems is fully assured concerning wooden packaging.
5. GROW means recycling
GROW promotes wooden crate waste recovery in the european commercial distribution, and its recycling and valorisation.
In fact, GROW in Spain trough this web page gives technical assistance to make easier the wooden wastes recovery and recycling in Spain.
6. Why wooden crates as perishable produce packaging?
Wood is your best personal card; its image matches with the quality and selection of the more natural produce.
It allows you a quality position facing customers and consumers; hygiene, trust, seduction and marketing
It assures a longer trade life; preserves more your produce thanks to its better transpiration and a more open design for cooling, and to its anti-bacterian properties
7. Why wooden crates with the GROW logo?
They are ecological and recyclable; made of grown wood, mainly poplar, and magnetizable staples, thus cleanly manufactured and recycled
They are concerned about distribution; standard bases and recycling GROW assistance in Europe
8. Why GROW wooden crates are more ecological?
Despite that wood is wrongly associated with de-forestation:
- a wooden crate is made of grown wood (poplar and pine) in a process that only involves sawing, poplar unrolling and plywood, and stapling, thus only consuming renewable energy in its manufacturing process* unlike corrugated carton and plastic crates
- a wooden crate is easily recyclable and only-one-use, so it does not consume fossil energies* and it consumes much less water *, unlike corrugated carton and plastic crates with a more demanding recycling and return/washing (plastic) processes
- a wooden crate life cycle emits less CO2, thus producing a lesser greenhouse effect in 20 years* unlike cardboard and plastic crates
(*) according to an ADEME (French National Agency for Energy and Environment) study backed by wood (SIEL/ GROW), corrugated carton (USFO) and plastic (CSEMP-CHEP) sectors in France
9. How GROW wooden crates can be recycled?
The recycling process just involves grinding once eventual non-wood wastes (except from staples) have been removed. At the same time, loose staples or the few still fixed to the chips are separated by means of a electro-magnet.
So, recovery companies transform a waste material in a clean and profitable raw material for the recyclers (chip board, coal bricks, cattle beds, sawdust, organic soil, etc.)
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