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Raising the benchmark for nursery groundcovers

Interwoven PP tape construction contains 30% recycled content from post-industrial waste.

5th June 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Comines-Warneton, Belgium

Agriculture, Industrial

At GreenTech Amsterdam from June 13-15, Beaulieu Technical Textiles, based in Comines-Warneton, Belgium, will introduce Recover, a long-lasting, strong and more sustainable solution for weed control.

The interwoven polypropylene (PP) groundcover has been specifically designed for indoor and outdoor nurseries and addresses a need for increased durability and longevity, while delivering a reduced CO₂ footprint thanks to its 30% recycled content.

“Recover highlights the potential in rethinking products to meet functional needs and bring greater circularity to markets,” says Maarten Balcaen, the company’s sales manager for agrotextiles. “We put new lab tests in place to assess the strength and durability of the material compared to current market offerings. Beaulieu’s craftsmanship in weaving technical fabrics has achieved a flagship solution backed by transparent information on performance and CO2 emissions reduction.

“There are no comparable products that combine the high quality standard with the same amount of recycled content. Recover requires less virgin polypropylene to produce and can be recycled at the end of its life, contributing to keeping waste streams in the economy and out of incineration or landfill.”

Recover offers a proven step up on the performance properties of groundcovers that typically stay in use for a minimum of ten years, and which face repeated heavy mechanical stress and friction from vehicles, temperature fluctuations that can cause instability and shrinkage, and significant exposure to UV light over their lifetime.

Nurseries benefit from a unique, more resistant solution thanks to the good balance between strength and elongation of the fabric. The quality and processing of the tape has resulted in a very strong fabric with good friction resistance.

It also resists UV light up to 900 kLy for greater longevity and is designed to stay stable even when exposed to temperature fluctuations. A dense fabric structure and black tape avoid light going through, which is necessary for effective weed control. Recover’s specific black and white design was created to limit the capture of heat by the ground cover and achieve thermal balance, as well as making it easier to achieve accurate positioning of the pots and plants on the field.

Recover’s advanced performance properties and service life are being put to the test in a field trial, with continuous monitoring to assess and confirm the benefits for the user in changing conditions.

www.beaulieutechnicaltextiles.com

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