The COCOON

The innovative COCOON planting technology enables trees and plants to grow in arid conditions, revitalizing ecosystems and communities.

  • Low-cost - 10 x cheaper than traditional tree planting
  • 100% biodegradable - COCOON dissolves into organic substrate for the plant
  • Low maintenance - after planting, NO follow up irrigation or maintenance
The COCOON is designed to support a seedling through its critical first year. By providing water and shelter while stimulating the seedling to produce a healthy and deep root structure, tapping into the sub-surface water supply within its first year. This way, the COCOON produces independant, strong trees which are not reliant on external irrigation and can survive harsh conditions.

Trees have been planted with the COCOON in more than 20 countries with survival rates of 80-95%.

The water reservoir

The water reservoir is 100% biodegradable and made of recycled paper pulp and sealed with an organic wax coating to ensure water tightness during the first year. It is only filled once during planting. Water is sparsely transported to the tree using wicks. As the reservoir degrades and empties over time, the remaining shallow pits will serve as a micro-catchment to collect surface runoff during rain events. Additionally, the degraded reservoir becomes organic substrate ameliorating the soil.

Mycorrhizal fungi

Mycorrhizal fungi are added to the soil surrounding the roots of the plant. They increase the surface absorbing area of roots 100 to a 1,000 times. This improves access to soil moisture as well to the soil's nutrients. Mycorrhizal fungi also release enzymes into the soil that dissolve hard-to-capture nutrients, such as organic nitrogen, phosphorus and, iron commonly fixed on to the soil complex. These fungi are present in 90% of natural forests and woodlands and form a critical, symbiotic relationship with the roots.

Tree shelter

A cylindrical shelter is placed around the tree to protect the plant against the sun, desiccating winds and smaller animals feeding on the young plant.

Planting process

Our planting process is an integral part of the COCOON's success. This consists of several steps:


  • Inspection and selection of the planting site. The soil and terrain are analyzed to assess soil fertility and to determine whether soil amendments are required, e.g., to establish a minimum level of organic material or to neutralize excess concentrations of elements.
  • Selection of appropriate species. To select the right tree or plant, we consult local experts. Native species adapted to local conditions are generally preferred.
  • Sourcing of high-quality seedlings. We work with local nurseries to provide seedlings of the right quality, size and hardiness to suit the project.
  • Planting logistics and infrastructure. Project planning involves designing the planting map, defining the water supply and distribution to the COCOONs, identifying additional infrastructure and sourcing machinery and/or labor for the planting.
  • Execution. During the planting of the COCOONs, we provide oversight and on the ground support.
  • Monitoring (optional). We can support project monitoring using wireless sensor technology as well as on the ground follow-up.

Production

Land Life Company has an innovation partnership with Fasergusswerk (Germany), to continuously drive down costs and improve the performance of the COCOON. For projects up to few thousand hectares we will produce the COCOONs in Germany and ship globally. For larger projects we will build and operate production lines locally.

Land Life Company works with several suppliers for other components of the COCOON, such as the wicks and the evaporation sheets, as well as soil enhancers and mycorrhizal fungus.