A device that captures rainwater and condensation in the air is enabling trees and plants to grow around the world in even the most arid regions. The Groasis Waterboxx has been heralded a groundbreaking solution to deforestation, desertification and climate change.
The Waterboxx plant cocoon, which was developed by Dutch inventor Pieter Hoff, is the size of a motorcycle tyre with an opening in the centre, which surrounds a sapling or seed that is planted in the soil. The “intelligent water incubator” produces and captures water from the air through condensation and rain without using energy.
At the same time, a candle like wick on the bottom of the box slowly drips water into the soil, providing enough for the plant’s first year of life but still leaving the roots thirsty enough to grow strong and deep. This way the quantity of given water depends on the humidity of the soil.
One year after planting, the tree grows independently and does not need irrigation. The Groasis waterboxx, which is made of polypropylene, can then be easily removed from around the tree and used to plant a new tree each year for up to 10 years.
The Netherlands-based planting technology business has worked on numerous projects around the world including producing fruit trees in Morocco’s Sahara desert, reforesting snow capped mountains in Léon in France, planting trees and vegetables in Ecuador, and bringing plant species back on the Galapagos Islands.
Groasis currently produce two different boxes which make it possible to plant trees in combination with shrubs, vegetables or (wild) flowers in dry and eroded areas. In addition to the Groasis Waterboxx, Groasis also have a biodegradable Growboxx plant cocoon.
The Growboxx plant cocoon works along the same principles of the Waterboxx plant cocoon, but is made from recycled paper pulp and can be used to plant once. The use of paper pulp offers the grower an affordable and simple plant solution that is especially useful to plant on sand dunes, in burned forests, deserts and on rocks and mountains.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.