Industries of light wooden packaging
WELCOME GROW International European organisation of GROW wooden packaging manufacturers. (Group Recycling of Wood)
A light wood packaging sector organisation
Our aim is to give an efficent consumer reponse in the use of wooden packaging.
Goals & Activities
The main objectives, based mainly in action at a European level, are:
European organisation of GROW wooden packaging
Represents more than 200 companies that manufacture 800 million of crates for fruits and vegetables, and 400 million crates of other kind, meaning a business of more than 500 million euros.
GROW is present in three countries
Members & Parnerships
We represent ligh weight packaging sector in FEFBEB that represents wood packaging in CEI-Bois
What are the advantages of natural materials as wood packaging material?
Since a long time packaging made of a natural wood is used for natural products such as fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Due to the perishable goods, especially the fruit trade needs packaging that are:
- Keeping moisture without wettness
- Elastic and yet stable
- Optimizing the cooling and thus contributes different weather conditions
- And are easily and well-stocked and can be transported efficently.
Wood has traditionally been used to prepare, package, preserve, present, store and transport food -fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, wine and spirits, oil,cheese and dairy products, meat and sausages, bread and confectionery, nuts and dried fruit, etc.- coming directly or indirectly into contact with the produce.
Wood is highly suitable to be used in direct contact with food and this is demonstrated by the fact that it is not only used for containers and packaging, but also for other commonly used items: chopping boards and countertops, kitchen utensils and household items, skewers, chopsticks and cocktail sticks, ice lolly sticks,wine barrels, etc.
All this is the result of combining a good fine raw material that is harmless,found in nature and is sustainable, with the commitment of the woodtransforming sector to health legislation and protecting the health of consumers by manufacturing useful and safe products.
The porous nature of wood is not a limitation as far as hygiene is concerned, and wood even has the particular characteristic of containing antibacterial inhibitors of pathogens.
You can get evidence of that in the prestigious scientific journal of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago (USA), “Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety” in its article titled: “Microbial Safety of Wood in Contact with Food: A Review”
Besides, recent research carried out in France and Spain confirms once again the antibacterial properties of wood from black poplar and pine trees, and harmless migration of natural volatile compounds.
That is shown in the conclusions of vast research carried out by the French consortium “EMABOIS” led by F. Aviat and M. Federighi, has given rise to various doctorate theses and scientific articles.
Microbiology conclusions reached by EMABois are also in line with the work on fish crates that was carried out in Spain by José Juan Rodríguez Jerez from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Barcelona.
Wooden packaging material are mostly produced from fast growing trees like poplar wood and pine.
For special purposes, e.g. to pack luxury products often wood with a pronounced texture and striking color is used such as birch, lime and maple.
Wooden packing and pallets are produced by purely mechanical processing, so that their is a low energy need and no water is consumed. The primary energy demand for the production of products made of plastic is about 30 times higher than for wood. This primary energy is also mostly from fossil fuels, carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere and thus increase the greenhouse effect. Producers of wooden packaging often use their own wood-waste to produce energy. Both are key benefits of wood in comparison to other packaging materials.
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.
GROW wooden crates, once used, are pressed to make stocking and transport more profitable. Afterwards a single 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.
Recyclers can, then, make an eventual second chip grinding to get a new raw material to manufacture other wood sub-products like: chip board, coal bricks, cattle beds, sawdust, organic soil, etc.
Crates are marked with the GROW logo and a license number that identifies the manufacturer, allowing traceability.
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