Coco coir is completely sustainable
We make the world better by convincing growers worldwide of the added value of coconut as a raw material. There is no more sustainable growth medium.
Growers reduce their CO2 footprint by using coconut coir. Because the production of coco coir is CO2-neutral. Because it is dried in the sun and can be shipped up to six times more compactly than other substrates, for example.
We achieve together
In 2020, ten million m3 of coco coir was used for potting soil and substrates worldwide. And this figure is increasing considerably. In short, a noticeably lower CO2 footprint!
Cradle to cradle
Our coco coir substrates consist of waste from the coconut industry. Namely coconut husks. We have been making a difference for over thirty years and have been able to operate sustainably with CO2-neutral raw materials.
Lower water consumption
We use reverse osmosis at our sites in both India and the Netherlands, a technique by means of which we reuse and conserve water. And we keep innovating in this respect: we are developing new techniques to produce coco coir using less water.
We invest in modern factories to be able to operate as sustainably as possible. Here, we work on water and energy conservation and reduction of waste streams. We also look at our logistics critically.
More sustainable transport
We ship compressed coco coir across oceans, seas and rivers to the closest port and then onwards from there. In other words, with as little road haulage as possible. That way, we reduce the CO2 footprint of our transport considerably.
Biobased Products at Wageningen University & Research developed a method for producing high-grade board materials from coconut husks.
‘The use of coconut husks for the production of coconut boards offers a number of benefits. The method is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The waste material from the coconut is used in its entirety. It provides farmers in developing countries with an extra source of income. It is a good alternative to wood and helps prevent deforestation. Besides, production is CO2-neutral.’
Building a healthier and better society
Life is tough for many people in South India. We do our utmost to help our employees build a future.
Safe working environment
We feel responsible for our people and provide healthy and safe working conditions. A good canteen, good sanitation facilities and fresh drinking water are provided at all our factories as standard.
Good employment terms and conditions
We pay overtime and offer long-term employment contracts. Our employees accrue pensions, and they and their family members are insured for medical expenses through us. In addition, we arrange transport to and from work by bus.
Supporting those less fortunate
For over twenty years, we have been supporting Stichting Udavum Karangal, which supports vulnerable groups in India. We contribute to education in local communities by helping build schools for children.
We motivate one another
Our care for the local community motivates our people. We can make it work together: with trust and commitment from both sides, sustainability is in our hands. And we plan for tomorrow together so our children grandchildren can live in a healthy world.
Sustainability through quality and innovation
Dutch Plantin has been the biggest producer and exporter of coco coir horticulture products for ten years. And we keep innovating. For example, we are continually working on better quality, reliability of delivery, and a more sustainable product and production process.
Our clients’ results
We feel responsible for our clients and their results and welfare. If they use and reuse coco coir, that is good for their finances and for a higher crop yield and better product quality.
Less fertiliser and water
The future belongs to growers who use coco coir. They save on fertiliser and water. That way, we and our clients contribute to a better world.
Our growbags (open-top and slabs) are often used for several or many years. In comparison to pots or tubs – these plastic bags – save a great deal of plastic material.
Control of quality, reliability of delivery, and sustainability
We produce using our own employees in our own factories in India. From production through to door-to-door delivery: we do everything inhouse from a to z. So we have one hundred percent control of quality, shipping to growers worldwide, and sustainability.
Research and development
We invest in research and development to improve and make our products more sustainable. For example, by conducting research into strawberries and vegetables with Wageningen University & Research. For example, we are researching whether the ‘crop’ quality standard form of our coco coir can be used in closed cultivation systems.