Ball Horticultural Company is launching a new program, Certified EcoSource, to promote suppliers who have earned independent third-party environmental certification, such as VeriFlora and USDA Organic. The program gives Ball customers the option of buying unrooted cuttings, plugs and liners from a special group of certified suppliers. Each of the 11 suppliers has demonstrated dedication to providing quality plants that are grown using earth-friendly practices. Ball is the first to offer a complete Certified Sustainable Supply Chain within the horticulture industry.
"The interest in sustainability in the United States is remarkable and still growing," said Bill Kluth of Tagawa Greenhouses, which earned VeriFlora certification in January 2009 and is a Certified EcoSource supplier. "Being certified sustainable recommits us to our company's core values by reinforcing our existing programs."
Given the rising consumer demand for sustainable products, Ball thinks a growing numbers of its wholesale customers will look to certified suppliers for their growing input.
For more information on the Certified EcoSource program, visit http://www.ballhort.com/Growers/ecosource.aspx .
In more Ball news, the Ball Ornamentals catalog is now available. This catalog features a focused product offering of exciting varieties available as liners from a dedicated propagation network. The catalog features new and unique woody ornamentals, many available exclusively through Ball Ornamentals.
To learn more about the catalog, visit Ball Ornamentals' website .