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Sustainability First: How CANNA is Changing the World Through Hydroponics

There’s no getting around the fact that the world we live in is changing.

The Earth is getting hotter, resources are steadily depleting, and sustainability has become the unifying goal that we all need to strive for. But the question remains — how exactly do we change the world? What good can we do as individuals to make a difference in a world that feels out of our control?

Well, change — like charity — begins at home, and the unexpected answer to this question is as simple as changing the way we grow our plants.

CANNA is Playing a Vital Role in Sustaining Plant Life

Take a moment to think about how the greenery around us sustains. Trees, potted plants, the vegetables on our plates — their existence and growth require water. While the topic of watering plants seems rather innocuous, it can hide some surprisingly stunning statistics.

On average, a simple house plant may only need sporadic weekly watering, which seems minimal. But it’s easy to underestimate just how much that equates to on a yearly scale. Now, multiply that out across all the plants in your care — the number intensifies, greatly. Finally, think of what it takes to water an entire crop of each house plant you own, and the amount of water needed to sustain one of our most-used sources of food becomes quite sobering.

Thus, one of the easiest ways to lessen our impact on the Earth is to rethink the way in which plants are nurtured, and thankfully, that’s where CANNA comes into the mix.

Who is CANNA? What Do They Aim to Accomplish with Hydroponics?

Having first burst onto the scene in the early ‘90s, the Dutch company prides itself on being an expert in cultivating your favourite crops, using vetted scientific methodology and environmentally-friendly practices. What CANNA is able to accomplish today, though, took much longer than just 30 years. Dating back to 1979, CANNA’s founder was already laying the groundwork for their technologies. All those years of research and field experience led to what CANNA can now provide through groundbreaking technologies in potting soil, cocoponics, and most exciting, hydroponics.

According to CANNA, it’s hydroponics that contains world-changing potential. It’s a method that involves soil-less cultivation (instead utilising materials such as coco, clay pebbles, or peat-dubbed substrate-less systems), making it far more sustainable than standard cultivation. And — it uses approximately 90% less water than the traditional methods. Making it a huge win for sustainability. Likewise, it results in a far greater yield of crops, reducing not only the carbon footprint involved in this process but the number of chemicals needed to fertilise the soil.

Some of CANNA’s Noteworthy Products

All in all, CANNA’s scientifically-tested methods have provided a dizzying array of products that help to foster the healthy and sustainable growth of plants and crops, while helping to ensure that the Earth remains free of harsh and debilitating chemicals.

Their CANNA TERRA line provides a system that combines nitrogen-rich potting mix with nutrients to help foster the growth of plants both indoor and outdoor, while the likes of their CANNA COCO lines promote the usage of coco for growth.

However, it’s the likes of CANNA Classic and CANNA AQUA that immensely benefit hydroponics, with the former predominantly used in open systems where the drainage water is not returned to the nutrient tank but drains away. Meanwhile, CANNA AQUA utilises the likes of clay pebbles within its substrate-less systems to reuse drainage water while providing plants with constant direct contact with essential nutrients.

Will Hydroponics Really Change the World?

So what does all this mean for your plants, your crops, or the world around us?

It means that not only is about 90% of water use eliminated (and its resulting waste) but also the usage of harsh chemicals is also greatly reduced, greatly promoting sustainability. Furthermore, it’s far more cost-effective. Globally, commercial cultivators are turning to the hydroponic process to help their bottom line, to improve their yield, to make processes more effective, and to fall in line with a growing need for environmental responsibility.

More profit, less waste, and happy plants. All around, there are almost no downsides to the use of hydroponics.

Will hydroponics change the world, or perhaps even help to save it? Quite possibly. Systems like these are the reason astronauts may have fresh life-sustaining food for future expeditions to Mars, and historically, the world has been changed over far less.

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