On earth, it can be said that about 80 million of chemical fertilizer residues pollute our air, soil, and water annually.
Furthermore, 451 million tons of CO2 emissions are released into the atmosphere around the globe.
There are about 400 dead zones in various parts of the world, which are deemed places where the revenues from fishing have vanished, and different cancer infections that affect humans are gotten by consuming toxic vegetables. However, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the usage of these toxic chemicals is expected to be about 247 million tons this year.
Speaking of Palestine, the restrictions on the importation of fertilizers due to the constraints imposed by the occupation on Palestinian agriculture cost the agriculture sector at least 142 million dollars annually, according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
I do not know about you, but as for us at Greeners, it is high time we stopped all these!
We totally believe that we were created for a purpose: to make the world a better place, to create a better future for all of us, and to leave a beautiful impact. This year, my friend, Noor Daraghmeh has developed an innovative idea about eco-friendly fertilizers. The process of making them is easy and simple. It is derived from inexpensive non-toxic materials that neither pollute soil or water nor affect human health when used to grow vegetables or other plants.
Speaking of myself – Lina Zahayka, CEO of Greeners, when I heard about the idea, I researched more into it and got a deeper knowledge about it, I was astonished and very impressed.
This was how Greeners started at the Hult prize regional summit of 2020 where it surpassed 35 other companies in the race to join the Hult prize class of 2020.
Now, as an official finalist and a part of the class of 2020, Greeners is in the current global accelerator program that is breaking barriers by going fully digital before meeting at Ashridge Estate in the outskirts of London this winter.
However, the path was full of obstacles, there were moments when we lost our motivation because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, times when we felt down and depressed, and many times when the idea of giving up ran through our minds. However, there were always some hidden signs that the universe revealed and spoke to us in a way, and from that, we derived the inspiration and hope to keep up the hard work.
We placed great prominence on our project, working day and night to build this company; we were driven by our belief that this product is essential to the world in general. We spoke with farmers and reviewed the obstacles they always encounter. We made a promise: “We’ll never give up on our target, which is to help these people”.
In addition to the economic benefit of the eco-friendly innovation, what makes us more passionate about this startup is that agriculture is of great significance to us as Palestinians, since it forms an integral part of our identity as both Land and agriculture symbolize Palestinian resilience and perseverance in the face of ongoing land loss due to prolonged occupation and the expansion of Israeli settlements.
Currently, each product we sell will decrease the amount of CO2 by 75.09 tons per month. By the year 2023, the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere will be reduced to 645,150 tons.
Our product was described as a great innovation by the National Agricultural Research Center in Jenin, we are in the middle of testing our prototypes, and the results are already astonishing. Finally, there are already hundreds of Palestinian youth who are ready to volunteer to work with us because they believe in our vision at Greeners.
As a team, we will never give up until we live in a Greener world. The earth is characterized by harmony with nature – clean air, fresh water, and healthy vegetables.