Bumblebee hives with a sustainable future


Koppert’s Natupol hives are now made from 85% of recycled or renewable materials

In line with Koppert’s goals in its internal sustainable and environmentally-friendly strategy, the company has developed a crop pollination bumblebee hive that reduces their CO2 footprint by 52% as it uses 85% of recycled or renewable materials.

Sustainability has been one of Koppert’s top priorities since its beginnings, and it has been producing bumblebee hives for over 30 years. The latest improvements ensure that the Natupol family is mainly produced using renewable or recycled materials.

For several years now, the cardboard used has been made from recycled paper. Recently, the plastic components, such as the door to the “bumblebee house” and the covering of the nest have now started to be produced using 100% recycled plastic waste. Additionally, the printing ink on the outside of the packaging does not contain any heavy metal substances.

The recycled plastic used is high quality to guarantee the functionality of the product and the bumblebees’ needs. Koppert’s supplier states that “this reduces the carbon footprint by 52%, compared to the traditional virgin plastic polymers.” This new up-date is the next step towards a 100% ecological hive.

“We are getting a little closer to our aim of replacing the non-renewable plastics with ecological materials and reducing the problems that the waste generates for the producers,” the Product Manager at Natupol, Remco Huvermann explains. “The range is under continuous scrutiny and this is the result of 3 years of R&D.”

The Natupol hives were the first to be introduced into greenhouses in the 1990s and they were used as “ambassadors” for biological control, as the producers guaranteed that no chemicals were used while the bumblebees carried out their pollinating work. The producers who used Natupol soon resorted to biological solutions to control pests and diseases and they took decisive steps to keep their products free from chemical residues. The new ecological hives reflect Koppert’s aim to contribute to 100% sustainable farming. “We believe that we can find solutions for the challenges of the future and provide food safety if we work in a sustainable way in partnership with nature.”

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