At BB Plant water is used very consciously. The plants mainly receive rainwater that is collected on the greenhouse deck and is stored in water reservoirs via a piping system. If the quantity of rainwater is insufficient, spring water is used. The necessary nutrients for the plants are first added to this water. Excess water (water not absorbed by the plants) is collected in separate reservoirs, purified and reused. In this way, no nutrients will disappear into the environment. This is called a ‘closed’ water system. The water consumption of BB Plant has no influence on the drinking water supplies in the region.
The plants get water through a rain irrigation system above the crop and an ebb and flow system. Via a gutter a wave of water flows along the plants, which absorb it. Any water that is not absorbed, is collected and used again.
Unfortunately, every crop sometimes get affected by diseases and pests, as are the Calla’s of BB Plant. In order to combat hazards such as insects, they decided to deploy a natural enemy.
BB Plant separates all its waste. The green waste is processed into compost, which means a reduction in CO2 emissions. 50% of the required energy comes from the residual heat from a power plant. The remaining 50% comes from an (internal) generator that partly supplies electricity and partly heats the cultivation site.
By using screen cloth installations, solar heat and computer systems, the use of energy is kept to a minimum.
The potting soil consists of 50% coconut cuttings. These coconut cuttings come from composted coconuts. By using coconut cuttings, the percentage of peat soil in the potting soil is greatly reduced.