There is a rising demand of herbs for salads to be grown and sourced locally, rather than being flown in from the other side of the world. Anglo Recycling Technology Ltd., Whitworth/UK, offers nonwovens mats for hydroponically growing herbs.
A core of 3 growing media products, Growfelt pads, are offered to meet the differing needs of customers across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, whether for retail presentation and appearance or for water holding.
A customer in the Philippines, for example, wanted a mat 10 mm thick, since the ambient temperature in that region demands increased water availability for growing herbs. A customer in the Middle East is meanwhile seeing the demand for fresh salads increasing significantly and is expanding so rapidly orders have grown from 360,000 pads for all of 2017 to this latest order at the start of 2020 for a million.
At the moment the company is undertaking trials to find a fully biodegradable product that meets micro and growth challenges but also allows customers to reduce their landfill costs.