Competencies

03.07.2017
Kim Karotki

Cer­ti­fied by Grün­stempel

Safe orga­nic substrates

The pro­duc­tion of orga­nic substrates has to satis­fy spe­cial requi­re­ments. The raw mate­ri­als, fer­ti­li­sers and pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties all have to com­ply with strict cri­te­ria. We under­go an annu­al audit by Grün­stempel® to have our high stan­dards war­ran­ted and con­fir­med by an inde­pen­dent body.

The pro­duc­tion of our orga­nic substrates has been moni­to­red by an inde­pen­dent exter­nal eco­lo­gi­cal inspec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on orga­ni­sa­ti­on sin­ce 1999. This inspec­tion body, which has been appro­ved by the Ger­man Federal Office for Agri­cul­tu­re and Food, inspec­ts and cer­ti­fies orga­nic pro­duc­ts in accordance with the requi­re­ments of the EU regu­la­ti­on on orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re. Sin­ce 1999, we have worked in clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with “Grün­stempel®”, an EU inspec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on orga­ni­sa­ti­on for the orga­nic pro­duc­tion and pro­ces­sing of agri­cul­tu­ral pro­duc­ts, in order to moni­tor our ent­i­re sup­ply chain in com­pli­an­ce with the strin­gent regu­la­ti­ons for orga­nic substrates.

Ensu­ring the puri­ty of our orga­nic pro­duc­ts

One examp­le of the mea­su­res we take to satis­fy the strict eco­lo­gi­cal stan­dards is to ensu­re that all our raw mate­ri­als ful­fil orga­nic cri­te­ria. This is why, for instan­ce, we con­duct a cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on pro­cess for our GreenFibre wood fib­re pro­duct and our fer­men­ted wood fib­re pro­duct TerrAktiv FT, which are con­tai­ned in a lar­ge num­ber of our orga­nic substrates. We also war­rant that our pro­duc­ts do not con­tain any coated long-term fer­ti­li­sers, hydro­gels, wet­ting agents or other sub­s­tan­ces that are unsui­ta­ble for use in orga­nic hor­ti­cul­tu­re. Amongst other things, this means ensu­ring that the raw mate­ri­als used in orga­nic pro­duc­tion are stored sepa­r­ate­ly from tho­se used in our con­ven­tio­nal sub­stra­te pro­duc­ts. Clea­ning cycles in bet­ween con­ven­tio­nal and orga­nic pro­duc­tion gua­ran­tee that none of the­se sub­s­tan­ces are con­tai­ned in our orga­nic pro­duc­ts. This means that 50 cubic metres of a con­ven­tio­nal pro­duct con­tai­ning none of the sub­s­tan­ces which are not to be used in our orga­nic seg­ment have to pass through the mixing line befo­re the next orga­nic sub­stra­te is pro­du­ced. If the sub­stra­te is to be trans­por­ted in bulk (i.e. wit­hout packa­ging) pres­su­re was­hers are used to clean the truck befo­re loa­ding.

Grün­stempel® has access to all our reci­pes, spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons and custo­mer lists. The com­pos­ting faci­li­ties and pro­duc­tion plants whe­re we pro­du­ce orga­nic substrates also under­go an annu­al audit by Grün­stempel®. The result: pro­duc­ts made of raw mate­ri­als and fer­ti­li­sers which com­ply with the EU regu­la­ti­on on orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re.