We observed that Grodan growing media yields 76% more vegetables, allowing us to achieve greater food security. Additionally, this doubles the agricultural productivity and incomes of small scale food producers, thus ensuring their job security.
The results also showed that Grodan products require 53% less water and 80% less land, translating to drinking water that can sustain 85,000 people for a year (World Health Organization, 2003), as well as conserving of 26,000 hectares of land (Heuvelink and Marcelis, Wageningen University 2018).
In fact, Grodan hydroponics can be sited anywhere, including urban areas that would otherwise be completely unsuitable for traditional soilbased production, in turn freeing up our limited soil resources.
Additionally, we ensure the wellbeing of people by protecting them from the effects of extreme weather conditions. Lapinus, a brand under the ROCKWOOL Group, has made use of stone wool’s ability to absorb or repel water as needed to develop a water management system dubbed Rockflow.
Rockflow’s stone wool elements absorb up to 95 percent of their volume in water, and can be used under urban environments, quickly absorbing excess water and slowly releasing it into underground stone wool basins, while above ground activities and facilities remain functional and intact. As a result, soil degradation from heavy rainfall and flooding can be minimised using Rockflow.
Finally, we should all practice circularity to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. At ROCKWOOL this means that our products are not only long lasting, but naturally recyclable and therefore reduces global waste and pollution to soil. Moreover, we have developed our technology to further minimise resource consumption by using secondary materials from other industries.
One third of our global soil is already degraded. As our population grows, it has never been more important for us to combat this danger by adopting solutions that improve how we live.
So we invite everyone to join us in celebrating World Soil Day today, as we strive to improve our performance of Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about how we are making a difference here, or find out what you can do to help achieve a more sustainable future on the UN website.
1. FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, 2017
2. World Health Organization, 2003
3. Heuvelink and Marcelis, Wageningen University 2018