What drives us?

The environment and people's health.

A global challenge.

Over the past 150 years, decentralised, self-sustaining agriculture has developed into centralised and industrialised agriculture. The result? Massive environmental challenges. Today's food system is the biggest driver of climate change, leading to soil destruction and biodiversity loss.

Mass extinction of species

Monocultures and the excessive use of pesticides are leading to a wave of mass extinction of species and thus to the loss of biodiversity at up to 10,000 times the rate of the natural process of species extinction.

Climate change

Both the clearing of rainforests for the cultivation of food and global food logistics - from the central production sites to the consumer - contribute to a significant extent to the rise in average temperature and to the change in climatic conditions on earth.

Soil degradation

Soil degradation, caused among other things by monocultures, intensive livestock farming and the use of pesticides, is massively reducing yields and the overall size of arable land worldwide. According to estimates, we lose about 12 million hectares of valuable soil per year. This corresponds to the production of 20 million tons of grain, or in other words: grain for 200 million people per year.

A personal challenge.

The centralisation of agriculture has led to plants being optimised for mass and logistics - not for us humans. But what does that mean?

Dietary diversity? Not at all!

Monocultures and the food industry prevent us from eating diverse. Out of 300,000 edible plants, modern humans eat only 200 - and the majority get 98% of their nutrients from just 15 plants!

Loss of nutritional value.

With food miles averaging 1500km from the production site to the supermarket, fresh products lose up to 60% of their nutritional value before they land on our plates. This loss of nutrients is also accompanies by a massive loss of flavour, as nutrients directly affect most flavours.

The 9 Planetary Boundaries.

A deeper dive...
While the climate crisis is talked of a lot in the media, it is in fact not the most urgent challenge we are facing. Did you know that eight other environmental system boundaries exist, with biochemical processes and species extinction in particular posing the highest risk of destabilising the Earth system? These changes are caused by us humans, with conventional agriculture in particular being a strong influencing factor. After all, phosphate and nitrogen are two of the three most important building blocks of plants.

Check out our infographic to learn more about the 9 Planetary Boundaries:

Jenseits der Zone der Unsicherheit (hohes Risiko)
Zone der Unsicherheit (Steigendes Risiko)
Unterhalb des Grenzwerts (sicher)
Grenzwert noch nicht quantifiziert

You would like to learn more about Planetary Boundaries? Then watch the following video:

Our green commitment.

In order to not only do something for your health with the Plantcube, but also for our planet, we at Agrilution rely on holistic thinking in all our business areas and are constantly working on making materials and processes as sustainable as possible.

The Plantcube in comparison.

Water consumption, yield, harvest cycles:
how does cultivation in the Plantcube compare to conventional farming and commercial cultivation in greenhouses?

Water consumption

How many litres of water are needed to grow one kilogram of lettuce?

Yield

How many kilograms of fresh Greens can be harvested per square metre per year?

Harvest cycles

How many times can be harvested per year?

The best
from nature.

We care about environmentally friendly
materials. Because for us, sustainability
is also part of the packaging

Recyclable packaging.

100% paper and 0% plastic, it can be recycled as waste paper.

Space for three
Seedbars.

We refrain from using individual packaging which reduces waste.

Compostable Seedbars.

After harvesting, the Seedbar can of course be thrown on the compost or organic waste.

And what about CO2?

Through the production of our products and along our supply chain, emissions are generated. We emit 378.11 kg of CO2 equivalent per Plantcube and 159.5 g per Seedbar.* We measure and reduce these emissions. We offset unavoidable emissions through projects. This makes us basically CO2-neutral, but this will not diminish our further efforts.

We've already compensated 456,890kg CO2.*

Through offsetting, we support the protection of forests in the eastern province of Zambia.*2019

But we also know...

... that this compensation cannot solve the root cause of the problem. That is why we are constantly working to minimise our externalities. By optimising our production processes and supply chains, we want to avoid any negative aspects for our environment in the first place.

Quality is a top priority for us.
Resource efficiency as well.

To ensure that you get something out of your Personal Vertical Farm for a long time...

... and that our planet is not burdened by unnecessary consumption of resources, we make sure that only the highest quality materials are used in the construction of the Plantcube.

Made in Europe.

The production of the Plantcube takes place in Slovakia, our Seedbars are manufactured in the Munich office.

Cradle-to-Cradle Principle.

If it is time to say goodbye to your Plantcube, we also pay attention to resource efficiency here. That's why the Plantcube is constructed in such a way that it can be completely disassembled into its individual parts even after use. This makes it easier to use components and raw materials for other purposes. For example, there is no insulating foam, as you will find in refrigerators, and the Plantcube has no adhesive bonds.

And how are you helping?

By using the Plantcube, you are not only saving water, but also pesticides, packaging and transport routes, which - as we have learned - are all harmful to the environment. By using 100% green electricity in the office and production, by carbon offsetting and by continuous improvements towards sustainability, the Plantcube is CO2-neutral until it reaches your doorstep. And after that? After that, it's up to YOU! Because only together can we make a difference.

With our partner Octopus Energy Germany - the first global green energy provider - it stays that way beyond your doorstep. Find out everything about the Agrilution partner tariff here.