Plastic has become ubiquitous and deeply embedded in agricultural food production. Field plastics increase productivity, extend the growing season, improve quality, and reduce crop loss. The production of high yields and quality fruit requires a significant volume and variety of field plastics but this increased use has a large environmental impact on the waste streams: some types of field plastic are frequently recycled, whereas others, especially those plastics in contact with soil, are less recyclable and end up in landfills.
Inspired by a passion for innovation and a commitment to minimize the impact of plastics in berry production, Driscoll's Berries and has partnered with Think Beyond's Innovation Center and other industry partners to launching the Ag Plastics Innovation Challenge and redefine the future of ag plastics.
The Ag Plastics Innovation Challenge seeks to identity solutions that have potential to scale commercially. Winners will receive access to Think Beyond’s program at the Global Entrepreneurship Center to advance their innovations and to demonstrate to Driscoll's and industry partners that their innovations have the potential to be a viable alternative to the current field plastics. The program will provide mentoring and support, and access to Driscoll’s and industry partners R&D, business and marketing teams. Upon successful completion, innovations will be tested at Driscoll’s and industry partner farms and may be licensed for use in Driscoll’s and industry partners commercial activities.
Submissions open September 17.
Learn more about scope and criteria, and apply HERE