for the next generation
Gerbera United is at the forefront of sustainable innovation. We are always working on innovative solutions that make a difference. Not only to grow our organisation, but also to contribute to a sustainable world.
The introduction of the DryGair machine has a significant impact on energy savings in our nursery. Managing humidity poses a challenge to nurseries. Opened windows results in heat loss and the use of heating pipes to high gas and electricity consumption. The DryGair system offers a more efficient dehumidification solution, reducing heat loss and requiring less gas to generate heat. This results in more sustainable gerbera cultivation and significant energy savings.
lower gas consumption
fewer waste flows
The reuse of raw materials is one of our core values, with a focus on collecting and reusing drain water in the greenhouses. This innovative process minimises the use of water and ensures that crops remain healthy. Drain water, which would otherwise be wasted, is collected, filtered, treated and disinfected before being reused to water the plants. We therefore do not deplete the soil and do not create waste flows, plus there is no discharge. The recycled water supplies the gerbera flowers with nutrients and minerals, resulting in healthier and stronger plants and this reduces our ecological footprint.
reuse of CO2 from industry
We have installed various sensors in our greenhouses to monitor cultivation. These sensors continuously measure key parameters, such as temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, soil moisture and light intensity. We collect and analyse these data to gain an understanding of how the plant behaves and feels. This allows us to respond more effectively to certain situations. These insights allow us to reduce the energy input.
Using screens benefits our nursery in many ways. We have invested in both blackout screens and a diffuse energy saving screen. The screens enable us to regulate exposure to sunlight, they protect plants from sunburn and regulate the temperature. This results in more consistent and better managed production of gerbera flowers throughout the year. This investment illustrates our focus on growing healthy gerbera flowers, with energy savings of 45%.
We are MPS-GAP certified, meeting various (sustainability) requirements in areas such as traceability, (food) safety, the environment, energy, water, plant protection products and fertilisers.
The MPS-Socially Qualified (SQ) certificate demonstrates our compliance with national and international requirements relating to safety, health and working conditions.
The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) helps companies worldwide to trade responsibly. Our membership gives us access to information, training and support. SEDEX helps us keep control of our supply chain.
Gerbera United is an accredited training company. We give MBO (intermediate vocational training) students the opportunity to do a work placement with us. In this way, we give these students the opportunity to develop themselves within a fantastic sector!