Geplaatst op: 01-05-2013

Interview Nico Wissing EN

We hear from Nico Wissing:

I came across greenSand olivine five years ago, when I read the book “Leven zonder olie” (“Living without oil”) by Bakas. The book referred to Olaf Schuiling, the professor who had carried out research on olivine in the Netherlands. I tracked him down and together, we looked at how I could utilise olivine in the garden developments I create. I had always used ethical materials in the garden, and olivine fitted in well with this. Since then, not a day goes by without me mentioning or promoting olivine. Olaf later introduced me to Eddy Wijnker, the founder of greenSand. We have already done a number of projects together, such as the 2012 Floriade garden, where greenSand olivine was used on various surfaces to facilitate weathering and thereby to bind CO2.

The 1000m² garden at the Floriade, developed not only by me, but also by Lodewijk Hoekstra, is made exclusively from sustainable products and materials. An electric car under the solar car port.
Solar panels, living walls and roofs in the edible greenhouse, a bamboo pavilion and floating solar panels. The sustainable garden shows new ecomaterials and techniques for including green spaces in the context of daily life: living, working, private life and city farming. We are very pleased with the fact that a similar ecogarden is being set up in Doetinchem and will be there to admire from the end of June. greenSand olivine will again be used there to enhance the garden’s sustainable nature.


We are also now involved with the NL Greenlabel passport. This is a product passport we are working on which states exactly why the product is sustainable. Our goal is to bring together the different businesses involved with sustainable and renewable products: for the consumer, but also for the professional market. We believe that these businesses can strengthen each other, help each other and provide a complete picture of what the Netherlands has to offer in the field of sustainability. NL Greenlabel has received a Green Deal from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. A Green Deal is an initiative which can provide an extra push for valuable ideas relating to sustainability, which means that these ideas can also be turned into reality. Economic Affairs supports the idea of NL Greenlabel and stimulates connections between different businesses within the field of sustainable outdoor life.

I certainly recommend using olivine in the garden, on the terrace or on the roof.  A simple product like this which binds CO2 should be used on a larger scale. All that needs to be done with olivine is to sprinkle it out!

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