How Cucumbers Packaged?


PNC Hydroponics cucumbers are packaged in corrugated cardboard boxes with plastic film lining, perforated for natural air circulation. Individual cucumbers are often heat-sealed in gas-permeable plastic film or packaged in an individual plastic container boxes for extending storage life.


Alongside our supermarket partners PNC Hydroponics strive to deliver the freshest, best packaged cucumbers so consumers can choose healthier tastier food.


Good packaging is in line with our sustainability vision to cut down on waste. An estimated 40-50% of the world’s food is never actually eaten, some due to loss or spoilage during production or distribution. But by far the greatest losses occur after we purchase it. Plastic is a very effective preserver. It can be adapted to dry goods, fresh food, heavy items and extremely fragile ones, aiding freshness from our farm to your vegetable crisper.


Over its lifetime, a cucumber needs 375 liters of potable water (growing, washing, transportation etc.); the plastic wrapping uses roughly 0.02 liters. Cucumbers that are wrapped stay fresh for up to 14 days, as opposed to 3-7 unwrapped. New “breathable” membranes promise freshness for up to 40 days. On average, the footprint of plastic packaging compared to that of the food it protects is a fraction of 1%. The CO2 emissions produced when growing a cucumber, for example (incl. transportation, washing etc.) are roughly 4,500g; the 5g of plastic sheeting that protects them generates roughly 10g of CO2v.


Nonetheless, improvements can still be made in the recovery, re-use and/or recycling or incineration of plastic. Always remember that plastic packaging can be recycled and re-used and that everyone – industry, authorities and consumers - have an important role to play.