Over the years, Brickz have been used in countless locations. Naturally, the question always arises whether the Brickz contribute to a better growth result. The answer is of course ‘yes’ and fortunately we received that answer from independent experts, such as WUR and BosBalans. But the feedback from customers also points to better growth results. For example, we recently received a message from the manager of Landgoed Twickel that the oaks that had been ‘treated with Brickz’ were doing better. We captured some of the results on photos that we’ve featured in the short video below.
Presenting these results is important to us now that it is becoming increasingly clear that fertilizer is not only becoming very expensive, but also that phosphate is becoming increasingly scarce worldwide. Our Brickz are, in that respect, a bright spot in an increasingly dark world of scarcity. This scarcity will be central to NSI’s work, which is aimed at giving the most complex residual flows a useful destination and not processing them as waste.
In the meantime, it threatens to be a fairly busy summer, because we have a new assignment from SIGN to further develop the concept of the Nature Nursery. This involves identifying innovative products that contribute to enhancing biodiversity by consumers. The aim is that in the future everyone can actively contribute to strengthening biodiversity with products that come straight off the shelf.
In addition, we have started an assignment with Vet en Lazy and the Louis Bolk Institute to use Heineken’s very wet brewer’s sludge as a soil improver. That will be quite a challenge.
In our phyto refinery in Huissen we have now further developed the capacity of our bio converters with a second machine from Ten Composting. With this we are taking the step towards further scaling up our production process for the Brickz.
And finally, it is worth mentioning that our employee Daan Houwers graduated on a wonderful study in which he looked into the possibility of using Brickz as a substitute for stone flour. This is because of the large CO2 footprint of stone flour. Unfortunately, the direct options turned out to be limited, because rock dust has a very specific composition that we cannot imitate with dredging, for example.
However, discussions with experts have shown that Brickz can be a much more sustainable alternative in a more indirect way by bringing the composition of the soil back into balance in terms of N,P,K and helping with a better water storage capacity. from the bottom. All in all, an interesting subject that we will certainly continue to discuss.