Short documentary: It Will Be Green Again

Can we rethink how to shelter the world‘s refugees safely and sustainably?


April, 2018
Amsterdam, 20 April 2018 - Land Life Company and UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency, powered by The Nationale Postcode Loterij, presented the première of the short documentary film It Will Be Green Again, filmed in theMinawao Refugee Camp, Cameroon. The film follows the Okoro family, who take us on a journey through the camp where sustainable solutions are helping them in their daily life and creating hope for the future.

Since 2017, UNHCR and Land Life Company, supported by the Nationale Postcode Lottery, have been building a Green Refugee Camp in northern Cameroon. Together with refugee and local communities, severely degraded lands in and around the camp have been reforested, planting 40,000 trees with the Cocoon planting technology, providing jobs, shade, health and food. Other elements of the project include building sustainable, locally-sourced shelters and providing eco-friendly cooking alternatives to prevent further logging.

This unique project shows a new way to reduce the environmental footprint of humanitarian efforts, bringing together people and planet in one of the most challenging regions on earth.

The Cocoon helping restore degraded mining lands in Chile

November, 2017
Land Life Company is partnering with Chilean forestry company Agromonte to help plant trees on the site of Anglo American’s El Soldado mine in the region of El Melón, about 120km North of Santiago.

Copper mining is one of the main pillars of Chile's economy. To be able to combine growth in the mining sector while limiting environmental impact, regulation around compensation and restoration are strict for all mines. El Soldado mine is set in a difficult environment with challenges ranging from a lack of rainfall to very aggressive rodents eating the plants and chewing away the drip irrigation lines. Efforts to replant have been hard and the survival rate even with irrigation is around 50%.

This is why this fall we are planting 1,200 trees as a pilot project to understand how the Cocoon can help overcome these issues and if we can boost survival rates. Hopefully by next year irrigation will no longer be needed for this site!

Land Life receives Expo 2020 Innovation grant

July, 2017
Land Life Company has received a grant from Expo Live, the organisers of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

"The funding from Expo Live will allow Land Life to bring to life a long-held dream; a nature restoration project that brings together youth education, nature restoration and corporate involvement in a country suffering from widespread deforestation and degradation - Zambia, where we are working with a mining company, local schools, the community and UNICEF, with Land Life supplying the planting technology and tree expertise, are often hard to fund due to the many stakeholders involved," says Jurriaan Ruys in an interview with Vision Magazine.

"We see these multi-stakeholder projects as the key to sustainable environmental restoration; providing tools and knowledge to the local community to restore their land, educating the next generation how they can positively impact their environment and future and engaging corporate responsibility in a tangible and effective way.” Planting will begin early October.

First Cocoons planted in China

April, 2017
The first Land Life Company Cocoons have been planted in China in partnership with State Forestry Administration as well as local partners and communities. We planted at as high as 10,000 feet and transported Cocoons up the hill donkey-style.

Over the course of a week, our LLC team traveled across China to plant in 5 pilot sites with diverse conditions and relevance. These pilots sites holds significant meaning beyond validating our Cocoon technology, among others are wildlife conservation, combating desertification as well as historical heartlands of reforestation.

Land Life Company’s ‘Green Refugee Camp’ Project Gets the Go Ahead

February, 2017

Land Life Company is very excited to announce that we have been awarded €2.4million to pursue the ‘Green Refugee Camp’ concept alongside the UNHCR at this year's Postcode Lottery Good Geld Gala. Starting in the Minawao camp in northwestern Cameroon, the project will innovate on and improve the sustainability of core functions of the UNHCR, such as the provision of food and shelter, and how it addresses the long-term impact of refugees on a host community.

Land Life specifically will be planting 40,000 trees with the Cocoon, including fruit and nut yielding species, revitalizing 200 hectares, an area larger than the Principality of Monaco! We will also be establishing tree nurseries aimed at ensuring lasting and sustainable tree planting solutions.

Planting Cocoons with Americorps in the Santa Monica Mountains

January, 2017
Our collaboration with the Calabasas-based AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps restoring land in the Santa Monica Mountains was highlighted in an article in The Acorn this week.

“We’ve been able to achieve significant increases in survivability of tree seedlings in arid, harsh environments, as well as the elimination of artificial irrigation for these areas,” Land Life regional director Malcolm McVay said. “We are fortunate to work with inspiring partners throughout the world to make an impact on our environment and communities.”

Americorps is planting Cocoon seedlings in an area of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area—Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park—and in future we hope to work with them to replace thousands more trees destroyed in wildfires during the current drought or in other areas where natural vegetation has been lost.

Kickoff EU Green Link Project

October, 2016
First stop for the Green Link, the Alicante mountain range in Spain

This October, we kicked off The Green Link project, in collaboration with Volterra and local agencies and powered by the European Union. This exciting project will help restore desertified areas across the Mediterranean border in Greece, Spain and Italy where we will plant more than 25.000 trees with the Cocoon. The goal is to reduce the vulnerability of these ecosystems to the effects of climate change.

New Territories: Perú and Chile

September, 2016
There are only 1000 Peruvian Plantcutters left in the wild, male (l) and female (r)
This Summer we have kicked off exciting and diverse projects in 2 more countries in Latin America; in the mountains of Perú and in two locations in Chile.

In Perú we are working with the ‘SOS Peruvian Plantcutter’ foundation to protect the habitat of only 1000 Peruvian Plantcutters left in the wild. The small, brightly coloured bird lives in the tropical dry forests in the north of Peru, nesting in the branches of the Algarrobo tree and feeding on the bushes that grow in its shade.
One of the challenges of this region is the lack of water, and poor soil conditions, which is where the Cocoon offered a sustainable and scalable solution. At the end of 2016 we will be planting the first Cocoon Algarrobo plantation in Piura, Perú.

In Chile we are working together with the Instituto Forestal to plant trees that will help combat the effects of climate change and desertification. The first Cocoon seedlings went in the ground this Summer and we look forward to restoring many more hectares of this beautiful country.

Jurriaan Ruys was asked to particpate in the first edition of Moonshots, an inspirational panel evening about entrepeneurship, ambition, failure and building a company for a better future. Read more about this event as reported by Sprout.com here.

Land Life wins at the GreenTec Awards!

First place in the Sustainable Development category.

May, 2018
Since their foundation in 2008, the GreenTec Awards have become the most important environmental award worldwide. Together with 120 partners, they provide large and small companies, NGOs, initiatives, athletes, celebrities and activists an international stage to present the best projects for environmental protection. The GreenTec Awards reward, integrate and communicate Green Lifestyle.

Amongst a stellar selection of finalists, we were honored to win the Sustainable Development category and spend the evening connecting with other passionate individuals.

To read more about the GreenTec Awards & other finalists, please visit their website.

Grow Zambia!

Bringing reforestation and education together for a greener future

October, 2017
This October, Land Life Company launched Grow Zambia! in partnership with Expo Live, UNICEF, the Wildlife and the Environmental Conservation Society Of Zambia (WECSZ). The Cocoon will be used to plant 7,000 trees, restoring degraded land on the Munali mines and the surrounding village in Kafue. The Cocoon will also be used to plant trees in schools across Zambia,as part of the UNICEF Unite4Climate program, bringing more than 10,000 children the tools and knowledge to become climate ambassadors in their local community.

Restoring land degraded by mining and climate change in a sustainable way and encouraging students to pass on their knowledge in their communities will bring great benefits to Zambia's environment, society and economy.

Land Life in the Levant

March, 2017

In 2016, Fanack, Land Life Company (LLC) and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) initiated a pilot project to bring the innovative COCOON planting technology to Palestine. In March 2017, the project took form.

The main aims of the COCOON pilot project are to introduce knowledge and innovative ideas to Palestine and, consequently, to contribute to a healthier environment and increased agricultural production in areas with degraded land and scarce water sources. This will be achieved by planting 200 trees in West Bank and 300 trees in Gaza using the Cocoon planting technology.

Cocoon part of the New Forest Project in Mexico

August, 2016

From left to right; Arturo Beltran, Deputy Director Conafor,Arturo Alvarado, Head of the community of Topilejo, Jorge Rescala Director de Conafor, Director of Conafor,Ninfa Salinas, Senator of Mexico, Rafael Pacchiano, Minister of the Environment, Ernesto Herrera, Director of Reforestamos Mexico, Alejandro Quintana, Director of National Development Reforestamos Mexico, Willemijn and Octavio - Land Life Company.

On August 14th Land Life was part of the Nuevo Bosque project in all 32 states of Mexico where we planted more than 200 hectares of degraded land with trees using the Cocoon. There were lots of famous friends there including the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano CEO of Conafor Jorge Rescala , Senator Ninfa, TV Azteca’s CEO Benjamin Salinas, and 100.000 amazing volunteers across the country.
#UnNuevoBosque is the biggest reforestation project in Mexico’s history, so far 3 million native trees have been planted!

Nu.nl Startup Prize 2016

January, 2016
At the Big Improvement Day in the Hague on January 19th, Land Life Company was awarded the Startup Prize 2016 for young companies dedicated to sustainable innovations that improve how we work and live on our planet. We see this award as a positive encouragement to keep growing our business while stimulating the dialogue around nature restoration.

Michoacán Press Conference

May, 2016

In May we officially launched the Project for the restoration of the Monarch Butterfly in Michoacán, Mexico. Together with our colleagues from CONAFOR, CONAMP, WWF Mexico and the municipality of Zitácuaro, we held a press conference in Michoacán to launch this exciting project. Many reporters and journalists from Mexico City traveled to participate, and then helped plant some Cocoon seedlings.

Monarch Butterfly Project

March, 2016
Monarch butterflies cover the trees, top to bottom
Land Life Company is proud to be collaborating with WWF and the Mexican Ministry of Forestry (Conafor) on a restoration project in the hills of Michoacán, Mexico. From the end of March 2016, we will replant 40.000 Oyamel trees with the Cocoon, making a substantial contribution to the survival of the unique Monarch butterfly species. We will keep you updated as this exciting project develops.

2015 Green Challenge Winner

September, 2015
It is with great excitement that we share that Land Life Company won this year's Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. This is the largest annual international sustainability innovation competition in the world. With our award, we will be implementing large scale restoration projects in California, Mexico and Spain - an area roughly the size of Central Park. We look forward to sharing more details in the months to come.

Fast Track to Innovation

July, 2016
We are happy to announce that Land Life is kicking off an exciting project called Fast Track to Innovation with funding from the EU Horizon fund!

Together with our partner Fasergusswerk (Germany) and Volterra (Spain), we will be creating an even more sustainable and competitive Cocoon production line. Our new modular factory can be shipped around the globe to create local production hubs, making efficient use of locally available resources and reducing transportation of the Cocoon to a minimum.

Via the FTI Cocoon website we will be posting updates over the next 12 months.

Moonshots

June, 2016
In May we officially kicked off the Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project in Michoacán, Mexico. Together with our partners from CONAFOR, CONAMP, WWF Mexico and the municipality of Zituacaro we held a press conference in Michoacán to launch this exciting project. Many reporters from Mexico city traveled out to attend and afterwards helped plant some Cocoon seedlings. Read articles in Once Notitias, Voz de Sociadad, Noticias Terra and Televisa here.
The FTI kick off in Amsterdam with the full team; Land Life(NL), Fabergusswerk(DUI) and Volterra (ESP).