Groasis is a socially active and environmental friendly enterprise from Holland that is founded in 2003 by Pieter Hoff. Pieter Hoff was a lily breeder and an exporter/importer of bulbs. For his work, he travelled across the globe and he saw many problems. Almost all his clients were using drip irrigation and were complaining about the declining water table, more and more areas were the victim of deforestation and there were more manmade eroded and dry lands than ever.
He did not only think about the eroded, dry and wastelands, he thought also about the water shortages in the world. The UN states that already 700 million people in 43 countries are suffering from water shortages. At this moment we are using around 70 to 80% of the fresh water for agricultural purposes. We need this fresh water to drink. Besides the water shortages in the world, the world population is increasing. Will there be enough water to produce enough food in the future?
Pieter Hoff started to think about a solution how we can plant productive trees and produce food in a water saving way. There had to be a way to raise more awareness and to let people use water in an efficient way. He found the solution, sold his lily company and started to concentrate on the development of the Waterboxx® plant cocoon. After the Waterboxx® plant cocoon, other products were developed to plant trees, shrubs and vegetables in the most effective and water saving way as possible. In the end, you can plant with success with the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology and we are working hard to reforest the 2 billion hectares of wastelands in such a way that it is affordable for everyone.
Margrethe & Pieter Hoff, a winning team
Pieter Hoff, founder of Groasis
For the Project of WorldLife in Kenya Margrethe van Heeswijk has worked closely with Pieter Hoff who founded Groasis and invented the multiple award winning Waterboxx.
Pieter Hoff is an extraordinary person who is planting tree’s all over the world to reforest very hot and dry places like deserts. He is successful in planting trees in area’s where there is no water and temperatures of 50+ degrees. Read on if you want to know how we can re-green the world.
The history of Groasis – reforestation is the solution!
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has organized a search to find the most innovative companies of the Netherlands. They want to identify and appoint 3 so-called ‘National Icons’. The objective is to find companies that have a mission, vision, product or service that embodies a real innovative breakthrough; companies that illustrate the innovative power of the Netherlands to develop technological solutions for society’s issues.
Groasis has been selected as one of the 3 ‘National Icon’ winners
Change wasteland into productive land
You can change wasteland into productive land while creating capital growth with the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology. While you use the Waterboxx® or Growboxx plant cocoon, you will use 90% less water than traditional irrigation methods (drip irrigation). Pieter Hoff has made the products of the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology in such a way that you don’t need any gardening knowledge. The products are easy to install and use!
You can use the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology for the planting of economical and ecological interesting trees. You can plant – for example – orchards and earn money on the trees, or you can plant for ecosystem restoration purposes. The trees can be planted in any climate and any soil. With the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology you use cost saving mycorrhizae and organic matter instead of expensive fertilizers to feed your plants.
The Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology can be used by small farmers (planting fruit trees in combination with vegetables), corporate companies, NGO’s, investors or governments (greening up cities, minimize the effects of a sandstorm). Anyone who is interested to make degraded and eroded land valuable again, can use it.
While planting with the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology, you get a +90% survival rate without using irrigation. The costs are approximately 2 to 4 USD per tree (box, seeds, water, etc.). With a quick estimated calculation, you can calculate the costs of your project.
Help us green the world
The products can be used in almost every place on earth. To keep our products affordable for everyone, we are producing worldwide.
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