Waterboxx plant cocoon from Groasis creates a nourishing, protective environment that helps seedlings grow in dry, arid conditions.

Benefits

  • Low cost
  • Sustainable
  • Organic
  • Regenerative

Applications

  • Agriculture
  • Urban farming

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

  • Goal 12: Responsible Production & Consumption

  • Goal 13: Climate Action

The Challenge

Many dry, arid areas of the world face water scarcity, and populations are unable to grow ample food to support themselves. Additionally, the world is facing increased food demand. Commonly used drip irrigation systems contribute to the success of growing crops, but these systems consume a great amount of water and often use pesticides.

Innovation Details

Inspired by the way animal feces provide a safe environment for new seedlings to grow, the Waterboxx® plant cocoon serves as an incubator to help trees survive through the initial part of their growing cycle. The box is designed to protect the seedling from excessive sun and wind, and help it collect water. It is filled with water just once, and thereafter captures additional water resources through the collection of rainwater and condensation. A wick delivers small amounts of water to the plant’s root system each day. The water stored in the container also helps to buffer the effects of thermal variation, protecting the plant from temperature extremes.

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Biomimicry Story

Animals ingest plants and then excrete the seeds on top of the soil. The surrounding feces function as natural protection while the seed develops roots and taps into water resources necessary for further development.