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Skadi Menne

Cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on for the Growcoon

The Grow­coon is firm­ly estab­lis­hed with many lar­ge nur­se­ries. The world­wi­de demand for the inno­va­ti­ve pro­pa­ga­ti­on sys­tem con­ti­nues to incre­a­se signi­fi­cant­ly. With the „Pro­gres­siv Grow­coon”, the second genera­ti­on has been on the mar­ket for a year, which is fas­ter degrad­able and thus a wel­co­me alter­na­ti­ve for nume­rous new cus­to­mers. Now the „Pro­gres­siv Grow­coon” has been cer­ti­fied as „bio­de­grad­able” by the orga­ni­sa­ti­on „OK Bio­de­grad­able SOIL”. Pro­duct Mana­ger Fran­zis­ka Craay­van­ger reports why the award is so important.

Fran­zis­ka, plea­se exp­lain what the “OK Bio­de­grad­able Soil” cer­ti­fi­ca­te means.

Fran­zis­ka: This cer­ti­fi­ca­te con­firms extern­al­ly that the Pro­gres­siv Grow­coon is com­ple­te­ly bio­de­grad­able in the grown soil and has demons­tra­b­ly no nega­ti­ve impact on the envi­ron­ment and soil life.

How does cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on work?

Fran­zis­ka: The qua­li­ty manage­ment team of the pro­du­cer Maan Bio­ba­sed Pro­ducts takes care of the who­le pro­cess. It has an over­view of which cer­ti­fi­ca­tes may be important for the Grow­coon and then con­ta­cts the cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on bodies. In this case, the team got in touch with „OK Bio­de­grad­able SOIL”, which works tog­e­ther with TÜV Austria.

The com­pa­ny car­ri­ed out various tests with the Pro­gres­siv Grow­coon to deter­mi­ne whe­ther it decom­po­sed com­ple­te­ly wit­hin a cer­tain peri­od of time, with no nega­ti­ve effects on soil life or the envi­ron­ment. This pro­cess took a year. Now we have inde­pen­dent con­fir­ma­ti­on that our pro­duct meets the requirements.

And what exact­ly was measured?

Fran­zis­ka: The test mea­su­res the CO2 released and com­pa­res it with a refe­rence value. This mea­su­re­ment can then be used to deter­mi­ne what per­cen­ta­ge of the car­bon that makes up the Grow­coon decom­po­ses into CO2. The com­pa­ny car­ri­ed out many more tests under a wide ran­ge of con­di­ti­ons in order to obtain a reli­able result in the end.

What was the result?

Fran­zis­ka: The result is very good. It was pro­ven that 96% of the car­bon used decom­po­ses into CO2 and the Grow­coon is the­re­fo­re bio­de­grad­able. It also beca­me clear that no resi­du­es remain in the soil, as the Pro­ges­siv Grow­coon decom­po­ses com­ple­te­ly into CO2 and water. This is important for our cus­to­mers as well as the consumer.

Does the cer­ti­fi­ca­te app­ly to every country?

Fran­zis­ka: In princip­le, the cer­ti­fi­ca­te can be used any­whe­re and pre­sen­ted to cus­to­mers as pro­of. Alt­hough the TÜV is not the usu­al cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on body in every coun­try, it enjoys high reco­gni­ti­on worldwide.

The sales teams at Klasmann-Deilmann are very hap­py about the cer­ti­fi­ca­te becau­se they know how important it is. We have been wai­t­ing for it for over a year, and now we can con­vin­ce even more cus­to­mers of our Grow­coon – it does­n’t get much bet­ter than that.

This is real­ly good news. Thank you for taking the time.