At WeGrow, we combine the ecological and economic benefits of the kiri tree with a sustainable business concept. Because it is not only the wood of the Kiri tree that is in high demand: its positive impact on the environment and climate also make the Kiri tree a sustainable plantation crop with a future.
KThe benefits of Kiri trees
for environment and climate
Kiri trees are considered to be the most vigorous trees on the planet. In one year, Kiri trees can grow up to 6 meters, depending on the cultivation conditions. Due to their strong growth, Kiri trees bind up to 700 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere in 10 years per tree. For this reason, the kiri tree is now also referred to as a climate tree. By comparison, a beech or oak tree can only bind about 40 to 60 kg of carbon dioxide in the same period.
But the cultivation of kiri trees has even more advantages. Cultivation on agricultural land outside the forest reduces the pressure on our native and tropical forests. In addition, kiri trees tap nutrients from depths of up to 5 meters through their deep root systems. These nutrients first reach the leaves of the trees and then the soil through leaf litter in the fall. Valuable humus substance is formed and the soil is enhanced. In addition, kiri trees protect the soil from erosion and the flowering varieties provide bees and other pollinating insects with an important food source over the long flowering period of six weeks.
Sustainability in every step
With intensive research, WeGrow has bred four hybrid Kiri trees that are suitable for sustainable timber production in different parts of the world. In this way, we have helped to bring the positive characteristics and positive ecological impact to many other countries. In doing so, WeGrow’s company philosophy since its founding in 2009 has been to balance economic benefits with conservation of nature.
Thus, WeGrow is continuously working to optimize all company and production processes from the laboratory to the greenhouse to the field in terms of sustainability and environmental impact. Some examples are the use of energy-efficient LED lighting systems in the laboratory, biological crop protection by the use of beneficial insects in the greenhouse, the focus on regional value creation and short transport routes, as well as the use of mechanical processes in the field to control weed growth and the use of renewable energies in production, plantations, the sawmill and administration.
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