Land Life Company to Use Cocoon Technology to Plant 35,000 trees in California without Irrigation
Land Life Company, a Dutch nature revitalization firm, will launch its Cocoon technology in California to bring back to life degraded, fire-impacted land. The Cocoon is an award winning innovation that won the largest global sustainability prize at the 2015 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Land Life Company will allocate a significant amount of the $565,000 prize money to planting trees with the Cocoon on land destroyed by wildfires.
“Nature needs support to rebound from drought and the wildfires that have destroyed 40,000 acres in California in the last week alone. The Cocoon is a sustainable and scalable solution for planting trees that provides the leg up that nature needs.”„ CEO Jurriaan Ruys
The Cocoon is a biodegradable incubator that is planted with tree seedlings and delivers small amounts of water directly to the tree’s roots. It eliminates the need for irrigation and uses 1000x less water. The Cocoon degrades over time and therefore does not require any maintenance or removal efforts or costs.
The Cocoon has already been successfully demonstrated in wildfire restoration in California.
“ We partnered with Land Life Company and the US Forest Service to use the Cocoon to help us restore the fire-impacted San Gabriel Mountains. We have been able to establish seedlings where many of the trees died before and are seeing really impressive growth rates. „ Thierry Rivard, Forest Aid Angeles manager at TreePeople
The 35,000 trees that will be planted by Land Life Company will cover an area roughly the size of Angel Island and will sequester 85,000 tons of carbon, equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road in a given year.
Land Life Company is restoring land in eight countries across the globe. Projects range from managing floods and erosion in Mexico to planting avocado and mango trees in Kenya. Land Life Company has collaborated with NGOs, universities, government agencies and private land owners. The Cocoon achieves survival rates of 75-95%, compared to common restoration practices which can result in only 0-25% survival.
“ We have such an opportunity to rebuild ecosystems critical to our economies and communities. Restoring the world’s degraded land could eliminate a third of all CO2 emissions globally and rejuvenate our natural resources. We’re excited to start that process at scale in California. „ CEO Jurriaan Ruys